I count five regulars in the Dodger lineup tonight, as the team travels to Goodyear Park to take on the Cincinnati Reds. Adrian Gonzalez, and Luis Cruz return to the lineup tonight, fresh off of their World Baseball Classic shenanigans. Hopefully Cochito will be using his bat, instead of his fists, to thwart the opposition for the Boys in Blue. Of course, Hanley Ramirez is still playing with Team Dominican, and Nick Punto is still with team Italy.
(UPDATE)- Apparently according to the Dodgers, Jeremy Moore, Brian Barden, and Omar Luna have all been reassigned back to their respective minor league camps. Moore was in the starting lineup tonight, instead, he will be replaced by Yasiel Puig in left field.
Josh Beckett takes the mound tonight for the boys in blue-Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Dodgers Lineup vs. RedsGordon SS Ellis 2B Kemp CF Gonzalez 1B Ethier RF Cruz 3B Federowicz C Puig LF Beckett P
Josh Beckett vs. Mat Latos
While Birdman rests his sore elbow, Josh Beckett will take the hill tonight for the Dodgers in a rare evening Cactus League game. Dee Gordon will play at shortstop and bat lead-off. Matt Kemp is in the lineup batting third and playing in center. Tim Federowicz is behind the plate, and the impressive
Jeremy Moore is in left field batting eighth. (Updated)-Yasiel Puig takes over in left, as Moore was reassigned to minor league camp.
Josh Beckett will be followed by lefty Ted Lilly, Shawn Tolleson, and rookie Juan Abreu. The position player backups for the Dodgers tonight will be Alfredo Amezaga at shortstop, Justin Sellers at second base, Tony Gwynn Jr, in right field, Alex Castellanos in center, Elian Herrera at third base, Matt Wallach behind the plate, Yasiel Puig, (PUIG ALERT!!!) in left field, and finally last and certainly least in skill, Brian Barden at first base.
Since team Canada has been eliminated, Joey Votto has returned to the Reds and is in the starting lineup. The Reds will be using the DH tonight, but the Dodgers are not. Gotta love spring games. The Reds will counter Beckett with right hander Mat Latos. Game time is at 7:05 P.M., and should be webcast on the Dodgers.com site. I’ll be pulling double duty, as I will also be watching the USA vs. Puerto Rico game at 5PM. Look for my usual hilarious and insightful Twitter commentary throughout the game. Go Blue.