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Dodgers opening day lineup taking shape

Take a snapshot of the middle of the Dodgers' lineup card on opening day.
Take a snapshot of the middle of the Dodgers' lineup card on opening day.
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PHOENIX -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wasn't yet ready to reveal his opening day lineup for Monday against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, but did reveal a few details before the club broke camp in Arizona on Wednesday.

Roberts said that third baseman Justin Turner would hit third for the Dodgers and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez would bat cleanup on Monday against San Diego.

For Turner, who made 38 starts batting third for the Dodgers in 2015, this will be his second career opening day start. In 2014, his first season with Los Angeles, Turner made the club as a non-roster invitee and started on opening day in Australia in a platoon at second base with Dee Gordon.

This will be the 11th consecutive opening day start for Gonzalez at first base. He is a career .361/.465/.639 hitter on opening day with four doubles, two home runs, six walks, seven RBI and nine runs scored.

Roberts said he still hasn't decided on his leadoff hitter for Monday. Carl Crawford made 13 starts batting leadoff during spring training and is 9-for-18 (.500) with four doubles and four walks in his career against San Diego starter Tyson Ross.

Chase Utley, who batted leadoff on getaway day on Wednesday at Camelback Ranch, is also a leadoff candidate for Monday, Roberts said.

"To face Tyson Ross that first day, I've thought through some things," Roberts said. "I haven't made that decision yet."

One decision that has been made is that A.J. Ellis will catch Clayton Kershaw, as expected, regardless of the readiness of Yasmani Grandal. Ellis caught 21 of Kershaw's 33 starts in 2015.

It will mark the fifth straight opening day start at catcher for Ellis, putting him in select company among Dodgers catchers. Roy Campanella (1949-57), John Roseboro (1959-67) and Mike Scioscia (1984-92) jointly hold the franchise record for backstops with nine straight opening day starts behind the plate. Other Dodgers catchers to start at least five straight opening days, at least dating back to 1913, are Hank DeBerry (1922-26), Al Lopez (1931-35), Mickey Owen (1941-45), Steve Yeager (1975-80) and Mike Piazza (1993-98).