One night after Justin Sellers made two errors but was given a vote of confidence by manager Don Mattingly, Sellers is not in the starting lineup as the Dodgers battle the Giants in the final game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Luis Cruz moves from third base to shortstop Wednesday for the Dodgers with Juan Uribe starting at third base. But Mattingly insisted it wasn't a demotion for Sellers, but rather a planned off day.
"It's all the same. It's part of what we're doing," Mattingly said. (Sellers will) be back out there."
For Uribe, it's his first start since Aug. 14, 2012. He started just one of the final 66 games of last season, during which he hit just .191/.258/.284 with two home runs in 66 games.
"I want to do for the team whatever they need me to do," Uribe said. "I feel better this year. I'm trying every day, working hard to do better. I'm just thinking every day about winning. It doesn't matter if I hit a bomb to win the game, or walk to win the game. I just want to win the game."
Uribe was singled out last year by Mattingly for not pouting despite his lack of playing time, and he rebounded to hit .333/.358/.451 during spring training.
"Juan had a good spring. I'm going to keep him part of the mix. You can't hardly just quit playing him and expect him to have any success," Mattingly said. "He catches the ball and doesn't hurt us defensively at all. I just want to keep him in the mix offensively. I think he's going to swing the bat well."
Uribe has three hits in 13 at-bats (.231) with a double in his career against Giants starter Tim Lincecum.
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