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Andre Ethier returns to Dodgers starting lineup for NLCS Game 1

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Ethier last started a game for the Dodgers on Sept. 13.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers will start the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals with the a new face in the starting lineup, as Andre Ethier returns after not starting for almost a month with a sprained left ankle.

Ethier is in center field, batting seventh, the only change to the lineup used for all four NLDS games against the Braves.

Ethier worked out with the team, including batting practice, running the bases, and taking fly balls in the outfield at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, and did the same at Busch Stadium on Thursday in St. Louis.

He last played in the field on Sept. 13, when he aggravated a left ankle sprain against the Giants. Ethier was limited to just one plate appearance over the final 15 regular season games, and four pinch hitting appearances in four games during the NLDS.

Skip Schumaker started all four games against the Braves in center field, and was 3-for-13 (.231) with a pair of walks and two RBI in the NLDS.

Game info

Time: 5:37 p.m.

TV: TBS

MLB Gameday

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