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Howie Kendrick bats leadoff, Alex Guerrero starts at 3B in Dodgers' spring training opener

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers open their Cactus League league schedule on Thursday afternoon with a game against the White Sox, and the first starting lineup of the spring features Alex Guerrero at third base, and Howie Kendrick leading off.

Manager Dave Roberts said he plans to stagger his regulars in the early going this spring which means, among other things, Adrian Gonzalez is starting Friday but not on Thursday.

Scott Van Slyke gets the call at first base for Thursday's opener, and Trayce Thompson gets the start in center field. The Dodgers are the home team in this battle of Camelback Ranch foes, but in the early part of spring will still use the designated hitter, at least or a little while.

Kiké Hernandez starts at DH for the Dodgers.

On Wednesday, Roberts said Guerrero would for the most part only play third base during spring games, though he might occasionally shag flies in the outfield during workouts.

Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, with Yasmani Grandal behind the plate. In 2015, Grandal caught 12 of Kershaw's 33 starts, with A.J. Ellis catching him 21 times.

"He caught him last year and Clayton performed well, so the idea of a personal catcher, I don't see that happening," Roberts said on Tuesday. "There will be times A.J. will catch Kersh as well."

Other pitchers scheduled to throw for the Dodgers in the game include Adam Liberatore, Joe Blanton, Carlos Frias, Yimi Garcia and Matt West

John Danks starts for the White Sox and, like Kershaw, is expected to pitch two innings or so.

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