The Dodgers open Cactus League play on Saturday against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, and their opening lineup features Hanley Ramirez batting leadoff.
However, before jumping to any conclusions about what this means for the regular season, keep in mind a few factors. For one, left fielder Carl Crawford is not playing and won't be for at least a week, and he is slated to bat either first or second when he plays.
Secondly, Ramirez will miss some time with the Dodgers because he's playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, and manager Don Mattingly said he would get his three WBC players (Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Cruz) three plate appearances per game instead of two in the early part of spring, and might manipulate the lineup to help get those PA a little quicker.
But at any rate, it's time to be excited. Baseball is here again. On Saturday. Here are the starting lineups for the opener:
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Dylan Axelrod starts for Chicago.
Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers, and is scheduled to be followed by Matt Magill, Stephen Fife, Mark Lowe, Ronald Belisario, Kelvin De La Cruz, and Gregory Infante.
In addition to the starters, the Dodgers list the planned reserves for each lineup spot. Here they are: