SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers look for both their third straight win and their first victory in a week as they restart their season on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. The starting lineup is the expected regular group with a few changes against the right-handed Andrew Cashner.
Dee Gordon gets the start at second base, owner of the highest batting average (.750) in baseball. Gordon batted leadoff in the one game he started in Australia, but with Carl Crawford back from paternity leave Gordon is now lower in the order, batting eighth on Sunday night.
Crawford bats leadoff with Yasiel Puig hitting second, the opposite of what has been happening against left-handed pitchers. Andre Ethier, 3-for-8 in his career with a double against Casher, moves up as well, hitting fifth. The Dodgers' 4-5-6 hitters are a combined .414 (12-for-29) with four doubles against Cashner.
Rookie Tommy Medica, who hit .290/.380/.449 with three home runs in 19 games in his first taste of major league action last September, gets the Opening Day start for the Padres, batting sixth and playing left field.