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Chase Utley starts at DH in White Sox opener

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Chase Utley gets the start at designated hitter in the series opener on Tuesday night against the White Sox, and the rest of the Dodgers lineup is the same group against right-handers that was used on Friday and Saturday in Miami.

Utley is making his second start of the season, one of just three Dodgers to start at designated hitter so far this season. Justin Turner has done so three times, and Cody Bellinger once.

The first eight batters are the same used by the Dodgers on Friday and Saturday against the Marlins, including Chris Taylor leading off in left field and Logan Forsythe batting fith at second base.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos White Sox
Pos Dodgers Pos White Sox
LF Taylor SS Anderson
SS Seager (L) LF Cabrera (S)
3B Turner 1B Abreu
1B Bellinger (L) DH Frazier
2B Forsythe RF Garcia
CF Pederson (L) 3B Davidson
C Grandal (S) 2B Saladino
RF Puig C Smith
DH Utley (L) CF Engel
Time: 5:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA, Twitter

Utley is slotted in at the bottom, batting ninth for the second time in his career. The other time was Sept. 13, 2016 at Yankee Stadium.

This is the seventh time the Dodgers have had their DH bat ninth in a regular season game. Utley joins a select group of Carl Crawford (twice), Alex Guerrero, Mitch Jones (twice), and Russell Martin.

Heart & Hustle

The MLB Players Alumni Associated announced the 30 team winners of the 2017 Heart & Hustle Award on Tuesday. The Dodgers’ winner is Turner, who is now eligible for the league-wide award, to be announced on Nov. 14.

The annual Heart & Hustle Award is given to “active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game”

“Justin gives his all on the field,” said former Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe. “He brings joy and positivity to the clubhouse and spends his free time giving back to community.”