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Mark Ellis, Scott Van Slyke in lineup today to avoid sweep

Mark Ellis returns to lineup and Tim Federowicz is optioned prior to today's game.


The Dodgers activated Mark Ellis, who has been out since late April when he suffered a quad injury; to make space on the roster, catcher Tim Federowicz, who just started last night and has been seen as Mattingly's preferred back up catcher, nevertheless was sent out due to his available option.

Scott Van Slyke starts again for Andre Ethier and perhaps foreshadowed by Dee Gordon's ill-advised stolen base attempt, Nick Punto starts at shortstop (though Punto is a switch-hitter).

Don Mattingly and Kenley Jansen appear to have different thoughts about last night's pitch that ended up as a 2 run home run for Evan Gattis. Mattingly told reporters that he wanted a slider to break up the number of cutters that Jansen threw during that plate appearance while Jansen said that Gattis just hit the pitch that Jansen wanted to throw.

Game info

Time: 10:35 a.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday