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Matt Kemp sits in Dodgers' opener vs. Blue Jays

A sprained left ankle will sideline the Dodgers center fielder on Monday night in Toronto, at least from the starting lineup.

Greg Fiume

The Dodgers open up a series against the Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre, but will do so without Matt Kemp in the lineup. Kemp, who injured his left ankle in the ninth inning of Sunday's win in Washington, is out of the starting lineup one day after returning from the disabled list.

Yasiel Puig, after sitting on Sunday in an 0-for-11 slump, gets the start in center field against the Jays on Monday night, his second start at the position. Puig, who is batting second on Monday night, played the bottom of the ninth inning in right field on Sunday after Kemp exited the game.

Andre Ethier will serve as the designated hitter, and is 8-for-15 with two doubles and two walks against Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson. Skip Schumaker, who is 4-for-10 against Johnson, gets the start in right field.

Hyun-jin Ryu is coming off his worst start as a Dodger, when he allowed five runs in five innings on July 10 in Arizona. That ended a run of eight straight quality starts and was just the second time in 18 starts Ryu failed to last at least six innings.

Ryu when getting more than four days rest this season is 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA in nine starts with 48 strikeouts and 17 walks in 59⅓ innings. On Monday, Ryu is pitching on 11 days rest.

Game info

Time: 4:07 p.m.


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