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Kiké Hernandez starts in center field for Dodgers

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"Why are your hands so much bigger than mine?"
"Why are your hands so much bigger than mine?"
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Kiké Hernandez is back in the Dodgers lineup, starting in center field and batting leadoff on Tuesday against the Giants one day after getting activated from the disabled list.

Hernandez, who missed 26 games with a strained left hamstring, didn't start on Monday but did enter the game on defense in the ninth inning, playing the final four innings in center field. He went 2-for-2 at the plate.

Hernandez took over the regular center field position from a slumping Joc Pederson in August, starting six of eight games in center field (with another start at third base during that span) before straining his hamstring on Aug. 30. Hernandez has started 14 games in center field this season, one of six different positions at which he has started.

Against left-handed pitchers in 2015, Hernandez is hitting .417/.469/.722 with 14 extra-base hits in 81 plate appearances this season, leading MLB against southpaws (minimum 50 PA) in batting average, OPS (1.191), wOBA (.498) and wRC+ (226).

He's 3-for-7 (.429) with a pair of doubles against Madison Bumgarner, starting on Tuesday for the Giants.

Justin Ruggiano, hitting .350/.395/.650 with seven extra-base hits in 43 plate appearances against southpaws since joining the Dodgers, starts in left field, batting sixth. He is 2-for-6 with a home run and two walks against Bumgarner.