Ramirez will have started half of the team's 10 games in American League ballparks at DH this year. So far he is 4-for-14 with two doubles and four walks this season as DH, hitting .286/.444/.429.
Ramirez had the last home run by a Dodgers designated hitter, last June 19 in New York against the Yankees, before Matt Kemp homered on Wednesday night against Matt Shoemaker. Dodgers DHs have never hit multiple home runs in the same series, and 2013 was the only year they hit more than one home run in the same season, hitting two.
Miguel Rojas starts at shortstop in place of Ramirez, batting ninth.
Dee Gordon gets a day off against the left-handed C.J. Wilson, with the red-hot Justin Turner starting at second base and batting leadoff.
Scott Van Slyke starts in left field against the lefty as well. He is 2-for-3 with two doubles against Wilson.
Adrian Gonzalez is 7-for-13 (.538) with two doubles and five RBI against Wilson.