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Cody Bellinger moves up to leadoff in 2nd major league game

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Cody Bellinger batted eighth in his major league debut on Tuesday night, but one night later he bats leadoff for the Dodgers in the third game of the series against the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

At 21 years, 287 days old, Bellinger is the youngest Dodgers leadoff hitter since Adrian Beltre, who was 20 years, 41 days old on May 18, 1999.

He is the fifth different Dodger to bat leadoff this season.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Giants
Pos Dodgers Pos Giants
LF Bellinger (L) RF Pence
SS Seager (L) 1B Belt (L)
3B Turner SS Nunez
1B Gonzalez (L) C Posey
C Grandal (S) 3B Arroyo
RF Puig 2B Panik (L)
2B Utley (L) LF Hernandez
CF Toles (L) CF Stubbs
P Wood P Cueto
Time: 7:15 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network

Bellinger remains in left field on Wednesday, with Andrew Toles shifting from left to center field against the right-handed Johnny Cueto. It’s just the fourth start in center field for Toles in the majors, but he played all three positions in the minors last year.

Toles made 35 starts in center field across three minor league levels in 2016, made 26 starts in right field, and 14 more in left field.

Giants moves

San Francisco made a pair of roster moves before Wednesday’s game. Brandon Crawford, who injured his groin in the eighth inning on Tuesday, was placed on the bereavement list to attend his sister-in-law’s funeral. He must miss a minimum of three games so he’s out for the rest of the series.

The Giants also called up old friend Michael Morse, who was signed to a minor league deal, and recalled infielder Kelby Tomlinson from Triple-A Sacramento. To make room, outfielder Denard Span was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sternoclavicular joint sprain, and outfielder Jarrett Parker was transferred to the 60-day DL.

With Crawford out, Eduardo Nunez, who started the first two games of the series in left field, is back in the infield for the Giants, starting at shortstop.