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Adrian Gonzalez returns to Dodgers lineup in Giants opener

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Adrian Gonzalez returns to the Dodgers lineup after missing two games with a pinched nerve in his back. Gonzalez bats third and starts at first base in the series opener against the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

This is the 140th start of the year at first base for Gonzalez, who averaged 155 starts in the field from 2006-2014. With six games remaining after Monday, Gonzalez is ensured of his fewest starts in the field since 2005. The only two years in the previous nine seasons in which Gonzalez started fewer than 150 games in the field were 2006 (149 starts) and 2013 (148 starts).

Gonzalez is 5-for-20 (.250) with three home runs and five RBI in his career against his former teammate Jake Peavy, who starts the opener for San Francisco.

Justin Turner is back in the lineup at third base, starting for the third time, every other day since returning from missing four games with a bone bruise and inflammation in his left knee.

But outside of Turner and Zack Greinke, the Dodgers' lineup leans left, with Corey Seager back at shortstop, batting second, and Chase Utley starting at second base, batting sixth.

Carl Crawford is 8-for-24 (.333) with a triple and a home run against Peavy, and he leads off in left field. Andre Ethier is 6-for-38 (.158) against Peavy with one extra-base hit, but that hit was a home run on Aug. 31 at Dodger Stadium.

Ethier against right-handed pitchers in 2015 is hitting .307/.383/.512 with 14 home runs this season, with a .384 wOBA and a 148 wRC+ that ranks seventh in the NL against righties, among batters with a minimum of 300 PA.