The Dodgers go for their fifth straight victory on Saturday afternoon as they battle the Red Sox in the second game of the weekend series at Dodger Stadium. But they will do so without Carl Crawford, who gets the day off on Saturday against left-handed pitcher Jon Lester.
Crawford had two hits and two stolen bases against his old team in Friday's 2-0 win, and is hitting .333/.385/.458 during his six-game hitting streak. Crawford said during an on-field interview after the game he'd be lying if he said he didn't want to beat the Red Sox, for whom he had two miserable seasons.
Crawford is hitting .238/.297/.345 against left-handed pitching this season. He has started only 14 of 43 games against left-handed starters this season, and has started just three of 11 games against southpaws since returning from the disabled list on July 5.
Crawford is 9-for-40 (.225/.295/.250) in his career against Lester, with 13 strikeouts.
With Crawford out, Jerry Hairston gets the call in left field, batting eighth.Hairston is hitting .206/.292/.222 against southpaws this season, including a current a 3-for-30 slump (with four walks and a double) against left-handers. Hairston, who hit .293/.365/.435 against left-handed pitchers in 2012, is 0-for-3 in his career against Lester.
Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff in place of Crawford.
It is the ninth start at leadoff for Puig, and the first since June 14. Puig is hitting .469/.485/.906 (15-for-32) with four of his 12 home runs while batting first.
With left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu starting for the Dodgers, the Red Sox have Mike Napoli at first base on Saturday instead of David Ortiz, and have former Dodger catcher David Ross behind the plate instead of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Time: 1:05 p.m.