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Dodgers / Cubs Game II Chat: Sands Moves Up

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Jerry Sands: flexible enough to hit anywhere in the lineup.
Jerry Sands: flexible enough to hit anywhere in the lineup.

Jerry Sands moved up to the fifth spot in the batting order today for the Dodgers, looking for their fourth straight win. Juan Uribe, who is 10 for his last 23 with two home runs, sits today with tightness in his right thigh, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.

Hernandez also reported that catcher Hector Gimenez, on the DL with right knee inflammation since April 10, will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday.

Carlos Pena gets the day off today for the Cubs. In addition, Chicago optioned Jeff Stevens, who threw 89 pitches in relief on Friday, to Triple A Iowa, recalling pitcher Justin Berg for today's game to fortify their bullpen. Here are today's lineups:

Cubs Dodgers
SS Castro 2B Miles
2B Barney 3B Blake
CF Byrd
RF Ethier
3B Ramirez CF Kemp
1B Baker LF Sands
C Soto 1B Loney
LF Soriano C Barajas
RF Johnson SS
Carroll
P
Dempster
P Lilly

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Game Time: 10:05 a.m.

TV: KCAL

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