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A.J. Ellis starts at catcher the day after catching 17 innings

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- With a battle of southpaws on the mound in Monday night's series opener between the Dodgers and Reds, there are quite a few right-handed bats in the lineup at Dodger Stadium.

The lineup also includes A.J. Ellis at catcher, on day after catching all 17 innings on Sunday in San Diego. In addition to Ellis, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig are all in Monday's lineup after playing the entire game on Sunday.

But for Ellis, it is especially unique. He is the first Dodgers catcher to start the day after catching at least 17 innings since Sept. 6-7, 1984, when Mike Scioscia caught 18 innings against the Reds, then one day later started and caught nine innings against the Braves.

Scioscia also started the next night, his fifth game in a row behind the plate, before getting a couple days off.

"To see him today after catching 17 innings, thankfully it's a night game," manager Dave Robert said. "I talked to A.J. and he said he's good to go."

Roberts said that Yasmani Grandal, who fouled a ball off his ankle on Saturday night, is available to pinch hit on Monday, and could catch if needed. He also said that had Grandal reached base during his pinch hit appearance (he struck out), Chin-hui Tsao would have been used as a pinch runner.

Trayce Thompson gets the call in center field, his 11th start there in 12 games against left-handed starting pitchers. It is the eighth straight start for Thompson, who leads the club in home runs (six) and RBI (14) in May.

The Reds have two switch-hitters in their lineup and pitcher Brandon Finnegan bats left-handed, but their only two lefty position players — Joey Votto and Jay Bruce — are two of only six left-handed hitters ever with multiple home runs against Kershaw. They have each hit two.