Adrian Gonzalez gets the first start at designated hitter for the Dodgers in their series opener against the Yankees on Monday night in New York.
It is the second start of the season at DH for Gonzalez, who was 0-for-4 with an intentional walk on May 8 in Toronto, and the 44th start at the position in his career. Though the bulk of those starts came in 2005, when he was a rookie with the Rangers and made 31 starts at the position. Gonzalez has not started more than three games at DH in any season since.
Monday will be the 139th game of the season for Gonzalez, who is tied with Corey Seager for the team lead in games played. Gonzalez averaged 159 games per season from 2006-2015, and is on pace for 157 games this year.
Gonzalez has a 10-game hitting streak entering Monday and a unique one at that. He has exactly one hit in each of those games, 10-for-40 during the streak, hitting .250/.268/.400.
Howie Kendrick gets the start at first base on Monday, his sixth start at the position that before 2016 hadn’t played since 2012 and hadn’t started since 2011. Kendrick, with 1,061 career starts at second base heading into 2016, this season has started 70 times in left field and 11 times at third base in addition to 23 starts at second base.
And once at designated hitter.
With Kendrick at first, that opens up left field for Andrew Toles, his third start in 10 games in September.
Old friend Ronald Torreyes, who was traded by the Dodgers in the deal to get Rob Segedin in the offseason, starts at shortstop for the Yankees on Monday. Torreyes is hitting .283/.336/.425 in 55 games this season. He is just 1-for-9 with a walk so far in September, but finished August red hot, going 14-for-26 (.538) with six doubles and a home run in his final eight games of the month.