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Ethier, Barajas Sit Out Opener In Houston

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It's not exactly Yogi Berra and Jackie Robinson, but that's a pretty sweet photo.
It's not exactly Yogi Berra and Jackie Robinson, but that's a pretty sweet photo.

As the Dodgers M*A*S*H unit opens a series in Houston against the Astros, without Andre Ethier or Rod Barajas tonight, and with Jamey Carroll getting a rare day off, our thoughts turn to others around the web.

It’s not necessarily Carroll's personally that puts him here, but the type of player he represents. Now that David Eckstein is relaxing at a beachfront condo somewhere in Middle-Earth, Carroll is the best example of a scrappy middle infielder. And, man, those guys tend to foul off 12 pitches before fisting a pitch over second for an RBI single. Carroll stands in for the entire genre.

Lineups

Clayton Kershaw faces Bud Norris. The good news is that, for now, neither Ethier nor Barajas will be placed on the disabled list, per Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles.

James Loney is batting third for the first time this season.

Dodgers Astros
SS Furcal
CF Bourn
2B Miles SS Barmes
1B Loney RF Pence
CF Kemp 1B Lee
RF Gibbons LF Michaels
LF Sands 3B Johnson
C Navarro
2B Hall
3B Mitchell C Quintero
P Kershaw
P Norris

Game Time: 5:10 p.m.

TV: KCAL

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