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Justin Turner bats second at DH vs. Yankees

First start batting second for Turner since June 27

Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Justin Turner gets the start at designated hitter in the middle game of the Dodgers’ series against the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, one of several notable changes for LA with left-hander CC Sabathia starting on the mound for New York.

Turner is also batting second on Tuesday, the 11th time he has done so this year but the first time since June 27.

Also in that June 27 game, Yasiel Puig batted cleanup against southpaw Francisco Liriano of the Pirates. That was Puig’s only start batting fourth in 2016, until Tuesday, where he is back in the cleanup spot against the Yankees.

Puig homered as a pinch hitter on Monday night in the eighth inning, his third home run this month since returning from Triple-A. Turner homered in the ninth inning on Monday night, his third home run in his last six games.

Puig starts in left field for the second time in four days, and just the third time in his career, with right-hander Rob Segedin getting the start in left field.

Right-hander Kiké Hernandez gets the call in center field, with Joc Pederson getting the day off.

Howie Kendrick for the second straight night starts in the normal position of the designated hitter, starting at third base for Turner after manning first base in place of Adrian Gonzalez on Monday night.

Chase Utley makes just his fourth start in 38 games against a left-handed starter in 2016, and is batting ninth for the first start of his long career.