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Versatile Justin Turner starts at 1B for Dodgers vs. A's

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Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers infielder Justin Turner is coming off one of the better seasons by a part-time player in franchise history, and has picked up where he left off this spring. Turner starts at first base and bats leadoff for the Dodgers on Monday afternoon against the Athletics at Camelback Ranch.

"He's been tremendous for us. There's nothing that hasn't been good. He swung the bat extremely well last year, and showed us he could play all the spots in the infield," manager Don Mattingly said on Monday. "What I like as much as anything is how he looks right now. He's moving better, he's healthier, he's a lot more confident in his body holding up."

Turner hit .340/.404/.493, a 155 OPS+ in 109 games for the Dodgers last season, playing all over the infield and filled in nicely at third base for two stints with Juan Uribe on the disabled list.

Turner is 6-for-18 (.333) with three doubles and a walk so far this spring, continuing to spray line drives all over the field. So far this spring he has seen time at all four infield positions, even before Monday's start at first base. He started 45 games at third base last season, 12 more at second base, eight games at shortstop and two at first base.

"He gives you a chance to give multiple guys days off, and it gets him a chance to be in the lineup at multiple positions," Mattingly said. "It makes it easier to get him at-bats."

Turner has a double in three straight games this spring.


Zack Greinke makes his second start of the Cactus League and will likely throw three innings today against the A's.

Other Dodgers pitchers scheduled to throw include Chris Hatcher, Joel Peralta, Chad Gaudin, Daniel Coulombe, David Huff and Yimi Garcia.

Scheduled Dodgers reserves include Kyle Jensen at first base, Corey Seager at shortstop, Alex Guerrero at third base, O`Koyea Dickson in left field, Scott Schebler in right field, Austin Barnes at catcher and Darnell Sweeney at second base.

No radio broadcasts for the Dodgers the next three days, and the SportsNet LA television broadcast will be called during those three days by Charley Steiner and Ned Colletti.

Ben Zobrist was originally in the lineup for Oakland, but was a late scratch. Joey Wendle will start at second base in his place.