LOS ANGELES — With a right-handed pitcher back on the mound for the Padres in Trevor Cahill, the Dodgers go back to their opening day lineup for the third game of this four-game series on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
That means Andrew Toles back at the leadoff spot for the Dodgers, where he was 2-for-5 with a run scored in Monday’s win.
Toles didn’t start at the top of the Dodgers’ order at all during the regular season in 2016. He made 23 starts for the Dodgers, and 22 of them were batting seventh or lower, and he did bat second once.
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He started all eight Dodgers postseason games against right-handed pitching, and batted eighth in the first seven of those games. Toles did finally bat leadoff in Game 6 of the NLCS, going 1-for-3 against Kyle Hendricks.
Logan Forsythe, who has reached base three times in each of his first two games with the Dodgers, is back to hitting fifth, after leading off Tuesday night against the left-handed Clayton Richard.
Against southpaw Rich Hill, the Padres are batting their pitcher eighth again on Wednesday, as they did Monday against Clayton Kershaw. That moves left-handed batter Travis Jankowski down to ninth. He led off Tuesday night’s game against the right-handed Kenta Maeda.