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Yasiel Puig returns to Dodgers lineup, batting 2nd vs. Mariners

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Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup after getting sent home Saturday with a stomach bug. He's batting second on Sunday against left-hander Roenis Elias of the Mariners, as Dodgers manager did some tinkering with his lineup.

The Dodgers moved Carl Crawford down to sixth in the order, though if this was a regular season game he might be sitting in favor of Scott Van Slyke or Chris Heisey, for instance.

The lineups for the most part are set several days in advance, with most regulars playing two games then getting an off day, though there is some tinkering along the way.

"They have a lefty today. We wanted to kind of see a little bit of a different look," manager Don Mattingly said. "As much
as anything, it's just trying something different."

Puig started 89 games batting second in 2014, his most at any position, and hit .314/.399/.540 with 14 home runs and 26 doubles.

Clayton Kershaw makes his third start of the Cactus League on Sunday, and will be caught by Yasmany Grandal in a game for the first time this spring. He is expected to pitch roughly four innings.

Beginning with Kershaw's next start, on Friday against the Athletics in Mesa, the Dodgers will start having their starting pitchers hit, in preparation for the season. Though on Friday night, with the split squad also in San Antonio to Rangers, Grandal will be the designated hitter on Friday with Erik Bedard pitching.

Grandal will catch on Saturday in San Antonio with Zack Greinke on the mound, and Greinke will hit.

Other scheduled Dodgers pitchers on Sunday include Chris Reed, Adam Liberatore, Joe Wieland, Yimi Garcia and Sergio Santos.

Scheduled reserves for the Dodgers Sunday include Darwin Barney at shortstop, Scott Schebler in right field, O`Koyea Dickson at first base, Darnell Sweeney at second base, Austin Barnes at catcher, Kyle Jensen in left field, Buck Britton at third base, and Enrique Hernandez in center field.