The Hangover lineup, Part One

SAN DIEGO -- Don't read too much into Friday night's lineup.

The fact the Los Angeles Dodgers were starting six players who spent most of the season at Triple-A, two bench guys and a pitcher who figures to be nowhere near their postseason roster is kind of par for the course after a team clinches a division title.

The Dodgers' celebration probably didn't end with that little dip in the pool that you may have heard about, but probably continued on the flight from Arizona and spilled into San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, where the team hotel sits.

What the team does beyond Friday might be more telling. Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez -- each of whom has had some form of injury in the past two weeks -- will get plenty of rest between now and the end of the season Sept. 29.

Manager Don Mattingly spent a large part of his afternoon meeting with the Dodgers' medical staff and with the players themselves, to set up their programs for the last nine games. Mattingly said he would lean more toward resting players than fighting hard for home-field advantage in the playoffs.

"We feel like we can win anywhere," Mattingly said. "We feel like we can win on the road, but you want to be healthy."

There was some meaningful on-field activity. Ethier took batting practice on the field for the first time since injuring his ankle two weeks ago and could be playing in games by the final three-game homestand against the Colorado Rockies next weekend.

Here are the lineups:


1. Dee Gordon SS

2. Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B

3. Skip Schumaker 2B

4. Scott Van Slyke LF

5. Tim Federowicz C

6. Nick Buss CF

7. Alex Castellanos RF

8. Drew Butera 1B

9. Edinson Volquez RHP


1. Will Venable CF

2. Chris Denorfia RF

3. Jedd Gyorko 2B

4. Chase Headley 3B

5. Tommy Medica 1B

6. Kyle Blanks LF

7. Ronny Cedeno SS

8. Nick Hundley C

9. Robbie Erlin