Dodgers vs. Padres: Juan Uribe starts for Luis Cruz at third base

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Uribe, who is tied for the team lead in home runs with two, makes his fifth start of the season at third base on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers made a small switch in their starting lineup on Tuesday night in the middle game of the series against the Padres. Luis Cruz, who had a hit on Monday but is hitting just .111 (4-for-36) on the season, sits Tuesday in favor of Juan Uribe at third base.

"Luis's a concern. With Luis the flyballs tell me a story, and not necessarily a good one because there are too many of them," manager Don Mattingly said Monday night. "He did get a nice bunt down and a got a hit, so he still made contributions, but Luis hasn't swung the bat."

Uribe has hit .286/.318/.524 (6-for-21) with a home run and two doubles lifetime against Jason Marquis, starting for San Diego on Tuesday. Though none of those hits have come after 2009.

Uribe is tied with Adrian Gonzalez for the team lead in home runs with two, but those are Uribe's only two hits in 12 at-bats. However, four walks have boosted Uribe's on-base percentage, giving him the bizarre hitting line of .167/.375/.667. Both home runs, and three of Uribe's four walks, came against the Padres.

Here are Tuesday's starting lineups:

Padres

Denorfia RF
Cabrera SS
Alonso 1B
Guzman LF
Gyorko 3B
Hundley C
Maybin CF
Amarista 2B
Marquis P

Dodgers

Crawford LF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ethier RF
Ellis C
Uribe 3B
Sellers SS
Capuano P

Expanding a bit more on the Dodgers' bullpen woes of late, it is perhaps best revealed in looking at the four games so far between the Dodgers and Padres. The starters have been reasonably similar, with an edge to Los Angeles:

Starters
Team IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP
Dodgers 22 23 9 9 7 14 3.68 1.364
Padres 21 32 11 11 8 16 4.71 1.905

But the real difference has come in the bullpen.

Relievers
Team IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP
Dodgers 13 16 11 10 13 12 6.92 2.231
Padres 15 14 2 2 6 12 1.20 1.333

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: KCAL

MLB Gameday

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