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MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - INSIDE PITCH
PITTSBURGH -- Matt Kemp still considers himself a center fielder. However, the man making out the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup card now views Kemp as a corner outfielder.
Andre Ethier is a better option in center field.
"It is what it is," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said Monday night before the Dodgers beat the Pirates 5-2 at Pittsburgh. "We feel Matt helps us more playing on one of the corners. I'm tired of talking about it every day."
Kemp started in right field Monday night, the first time he had played the position since 2009. Just last Friday, Kemp said he did not like playing right field because it is the one outfield spot where he does not feel comfortable.
However, Kemp changed his tune prior to the game.
"I'm just happy to be in the lineup," he said. "It's just another position to play."
Mattingly said Kemp started in right field because regular right fielder Yasiel Puig was unable to play because of a sore right hand and he preferred to keep Carl Crawford in left field rather than shift him to center field and Ethier from center field to right field.
Kemp made 44 starts in left field this season and 41 in center field.
"So much is made out of this guy moving to this positon or that guy moving to that positon," Mattingly said. "Matt is a baseball player. He'll make the adjustments needed to play right field."
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
NEXT: Dodgers (RHP Josh Beckett, 6-5, 2.26 ERA) at Pirates (RHP Vance Worley, 2-1, 3.38 ERA)
--RHP Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night and start against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Beckett has been sidelined since July 7 with a right hip impingement. He is 1-2 with a 2.16 ERA against the Pirates in three career starts.
--RF Yasiel Puig missed his second straight game with a sore right hand Monday night. He was X-rayed for the second time in three days before the game and they were again negative. Puig's status is day-to-day. He was hit by a pitch Saturday in a game at St. Louis.
--SS Hanley Ramirez sat out with a sore right hand. He was injured Sunday night at St. Louis when hit by a pitch. X-rays taken of the hand taken Monday were negative and he is considered day-to-day.