Luis Cruz returns to lineup for Dodgers vs. Angels

After two days in this position, Luis Cruz returns to the lineup for the Dodgers on Thursday. - Stephen Dunn

After two days out with either the flu or food poisoning, the Dodgers third baseman is back in the lineup for the Dodgers on Thursday.

Luis Cruz returns to the lineup as the Dodgers take on the Angels on Thursday afternoon at Camelback Ranch, the first of two straight days of playing the Halos in a home-and-home of sorts. The Dodgers have a split squad on Friday, sending some to Tempe to play the Angels while keeping some at Camelback Ranch to face the Padres.

Cruz was scratched in each of the last two days while battling what was believed to be the flu.

Clayton Kershaw makes his second start of the spring for the Dodgers, and will be followed by Ted Lilly, making his first Cactus League appearance. Also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers are Peter Moylan, Steve Ames, and Josh Wall.

Skip Schumaker is the first repeat leadoff hitter, as he bats first and plays center field on Thursday. Here are the lineups:

Angels

Bourjos CF
Aybar SS
Kendrick 2B
Trumbo 1B
Wells LF
Callaspo 3B
Iannetta DH
Hester C
Grichuk RF

Jerome Williams starts for the Angels.

Dodgers

Schumaker CF
Ellis 2B
Ethier DH
Cruz 3B
Moore LF
Ellis C
Punto SS
Uribe 1B
Amezaga RF

Scheduled reserves for the Dodgers are:

Herrera CF
Sellers 2B
Martinez 3B
Barden LF
Flores C
Gordon SS
McPherson 1B
Evans RF

Nick Evans, who has played two games in left field in addition to games at first and third base, gets time in right field today. Dallas McPherson's 17 innings played at first base so far this spring is second on the club to the 18 innings at the position by Adrian Gonzalez.

Game info

Time: 12:05 p.m. PT

TV: Prime Ticket

Radio:570 KLAC

MLB Gameday

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