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Howie Kendrick returns to Dodgers lineup, Austin Barnes starts at second base

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PHOENIX -- Howie Kendrick is back in the Dodgers lineup on Tuesday against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, the first time in a game for Kendrick in 10 days as he dealt with soreness in the right side of his groin.

Kendrick bats second and is the designated hitter for the Dodgers on Tuesday, his first Cactus League game since March 5. Manager Dave Roberts said Kendrick will begin playing defense "soon," though he didn't have a specific date.

The other quirk in Tuesday's lineup for the Dodgers is Austin Barnes at second base, his first position in the field other than catcher this spring. Barnes started one game at second base for the Dodgers last September, and started 148 games at the position in the minors.

Barnes has been one of the hottest hitters in camp for the Dodgers, hitting .381 (8-for-21) with three home runs and five walks, the latter two tied for the team lead. He also leads the Dodgers with 38 innings caught this spring.

Manager Dave Roberts loves Barnes' versatility.

"You can't overlook Austin Barnes. You have to like the bat and the athleticism, the versatility that he creates," Roberts said in February. "As we move through spring training, we'll talk a little more. There is no one set way to construct a roster, and we're exploring options."

Kenta Maeda starts for the Dodgers, making his third Cactus League start of the spring. Several pitchers are on the list, scheduled to throw after Maeda, including Jose De Leon, Luis Avilan, Joe Blanton, Chris Hatcher, Ian Thomas and Jamey Wright.

The Dodgers also have Red Patterson (No. 90) and Dustin Richardson (93) up from the minor league side in uniform for today's game.

Jose Quintana starts for the White Sox.

There is no Dodgers television or radio for Tuesday's game, a home game for the White Sox. But there is a free webcast of the game on WhiteSox.com.