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Justin Turner out of Dodgers lineup for 2nd time in 3 games

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Justin Turner is out of the starting lineup for the second time in three games on the Dodgers' penultimate game of their road trip, the middle game of a three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field.

With a day game after a night game twice during this trip, off days were expected, especially considering the Dodgers are not yet at the middle of their stretch of 13 games in 13 days.

There was also this:

Turner started five straight games and 10 of the previous 11 games before sitting on Thursday in Atlanta, a game in which he appeared in the final three innings and got two at-bats.

Howie Kendrick, who is just 5-for-31 (.161) with all singles and one walk to start his season, starts at third base in place of Turner.

A.J. Ellis gets the start behind the plate. He has faced Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood more than any other batter with 19 plate appearances, though Ellis has just hit .200 (3-for-15) with a double, two walks and four RBI against the right-hander.

With six opposing right-handed starting pitchers scheduled on the trip, there hasn't been much room for Dodgers right-handed hitters, other than deciding who is in left field. On Saturday that answer is Kike Hernandez, making his sixth start at the position this year.

Colorado is batting DJ LeMahieu ninth on Saturday with the pitcher Chatwood eighth. That is the 10th time in 18 games this season the Dodgers' opponent has batted the pitcher eighth.