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Andre Ethier returns to Dodgers lineup

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The Dodgers get Andre Ethier back in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Padres after the outfielder fouled a pitch off his right knee on Wednesday against San Francisco, causing him to miss two games.

Ethier is starting in right field, batting fifth.

Technically, Ethier played in Friday night's game, called on to pinch hit in the sixth inning. But when Padres manager Pat Murphy called on left-handed reliever Mark Rzepczynski, Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly countered with the right-handed Justin Ruggiano, who homered, breaking a 3-3 tie.

Ethier is hitting .302/.383/.510 against right-handed pitchers in 2015, 10th in the National League in wOBA (.384) and seventh in wRC+ (148) among players with at least 300 plate appearances against righties.

Mattingly has used Ethier optimally all year, with 89.9 percent of Ethier's plate appearances coming against right-handed pitchers, even more extreme than the 86.6-percent figure in 2014 that was Ethier's career high.

Ethier in his career against Tyson Ross is 4-for-16 (.250) with a double and a walk.

Carl Crawford, who homered on Friday night, has at least one hit in each of his last four starts, and in his last 20 games (including 12 starts) is hitting .327/.375/.442. Crawford starts in left field, batting sixth against Ross, against whom he is 8-for-15 (.533) with three doubles and four walks.

Yasmani Grandal, in the midst of slumps of 0-for-30 and 1-for-42, remains in the catcher for a fourth straight day.