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Joc Pederson starts again, Yasiel Puig returns but in RF, Matt Kemp sits

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers finish out their series with the Nationals with a rare weekday afternoon game at Dodger Stadium, and the Joc Pederson show continues, with the rookie getting his second straight start.

Pederson is back in center field, batting seventh. But this time it's not in place of Yasiel Puig, who is back in the lineup but in right field for the first time since July 19. Puig's last 31 starts came in center field.

"This guy is our best defensive center fielder," Mattingly said of Pederson on Tuesday. He's a true center fielder, and probably the only one we have at this point."

Pederson got no fly balls hit his way on Tuesday, his debut in the field.

Matt Kemp gets the day off on Wednesday, his first time not starting since July 19. Kemp started the last 40 games in a row, including the last 24 in right field.

Kemp has a 10-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .350 (14-for-40) with five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI.

But if we've learned anything this season, it's that the outfield situation can change in an instant, and the only wrong answer is to assume the current alignment will continue going forward.

Except for Andre Ethier, who is banished to the bench. That's the only thing set in stone.

Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis also get days off on Wednesday, with Justin Turner starting at third base and Tim Federowicz at catcher.