The Los Angeles Dodgers look to snap a two-game losing streak Friday night as they open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. Juan Rivera, who strained his left hamstring while running to first base on Tuesday night, is out of the lineup for the second straight game Friday.
Rivera hit and took ground balls before the game, and manager Don Mattingly said he hoped Rivera would be able to avoid the disabled list. "We're still hopeful that he doesn't have to go on the DL, and that maybe it's just a couple of days," Mattingly said.
Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers, looking for his second win of the season. Ross Detwiler and his 0.56 ERA start for the Nationals.
Here are Friday's starting lineups, which include Jerry Hairston Jr. in left field in place of Rivera, or really in place of James Loney, who likely would have sat against the southpaw Detwiler with Rivera shifting to first base.
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