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Martin Sets Club Record for Leadoff Starts at Catcher

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No LA Dodger catcher has had his name atop the lineup card more than Russell Martin.
No LA Dodger catcher has had his name atop the lineup card more than Russell Martin.

Russell Martin will set the LA Dodger record tonight for most starts batting leadoff by a catcher, with 34. Paul LoDuca is the only other Dodger catcher to bat leadoff in the last 52 years. Since 1952, only three catchers have started more games batting leadoff than Martin: Jason Kendall (453), Butch Wynegar (48), and Craig Biggio (35).

Manny Ramirez is held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game, as the Dodgers end their brief two-game set with the Padres, their fifth game out of their last seven against San Diego. Manny is available to pinch hit tonight.

Here are the lineups:

Padres Dodgers
RF Venable
C
Martin
2B Eckstein
RF Paul
1B Gonzalez
CF Kemp
C Torrealba 1B Loney
LF Salazar 3B Blake
3B J.Hairston
LF Anderson
CF
Denorfia 2B DeWitt
SS Cabrera
SS Carroll
P Correia P Kershaw

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