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Dodgers' Monday starting lineup vs. Giants has opening day feel

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers head to Scottsdale for their first battle this spring with the Giants on Monday afternoon, and will have a starting lineup that likely includes every member of the opening day lineup.

Manager Don Mattingly said he still hasn't discussed any potential regular season lineup with the front office, but said Monday's lineup, with the exception of the designated hitter, looks an awful lot like what his regular lineup might look like.

"That's the one I kind of went with. I tried to put them in order," Mattingly said. "I'm just kind of slotting guys right now."

Carl Crawford, who suffered a shin bruise after fouling a pitch off his right shin Saturday, was back participating in workouts on Sunday, the swelling in his shin subsided. After sitting Sunday in what was a planned day off, Crawford is back in the lineup on Monday, starting at designated hitter against San Francisco.

A split-squad day on Friday, the third day of the Dodgers' Cactus League schedule, forced the team to split up some of the regulars at the outset. Mattingly likes to play his regulars two days in a row followed by an off day of working either in the batting cage or weight room.

On Monday, the regulars all come together.

"Tomorrow's lineup is interesting. You start to see length there. It just happens to be the day, after all the splits and the two-in-one, we kind of ended up with everybody on that day," Mattingly said. "You start getting down to the end of the order and you're pretty good."

Brett Anderson gets the start on the mound for the Dodgers, facing Matt Cain for the Giants.

Pitchers slated to follow Anderson are Erik Bedard, Brandon League, Carlos Frias, Chris Hatcher and Yimi Garcia. It will be the second outing for all of the pitchers but Anderson, who is making his Dodgers spring debut.

Alex Guerrero gets another turn in left field as a reserve on Monday, with Darwin Barney getting some time at third. Other scheduled Dodgers reserves include Enrique Hernandez at shortstop, Scott Van Slyke in right field, Kyle Jensen and first base, Darnell Sweeney at second base, Austin Barnes at catcher and Chris Heisey in center field.