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Four Dodgers regulars given Wednesday off

Four Dodgers regulars given Wednesday off

LOS ANGELES -- Half of the Dodgers' starting position players were given the day off on Wednesday for their 12:10 p.m. PT start at Dodger Stadium after Tuesday's night game, a 1-0 Dodgers win in 10 innings.

Jamey Carroll batted leadoff in place of Rafael Furcal, Garret Anderson batted fifth for Manny Ramirez in left field and Ronnie Belliard filled in for Casey Blake at third base in the sixth spot. A.J. Ellis, who made his sixth start of the season on Saturday, spelled Russell Martin again.

The Dodgers decided to rest their regulars with a three-game sweep of the D-backs on the line, but manager Joe Torre also had to consider that the team doesn't have an off-day until June 10.

"Such an early day today and the 10 innings last night," Torre said. "If you're concerned about your starters, especially in a run we're in now, we're going to have to make sure we take care of them."

Ellis stayed with the team over the weekend instead of traveling to Wisconsin to his wife, who gave birth to their son.

"Normally when a player his wife is pregnant, he'll say my wife is expecting in a month or five weeks. I'll tell them if you need to be there, take as long as you need," Torre said. "Catchers are a little different than other position players. [Ellis] never came in an asked for any consideration along those lines. He knows it's an opportunity right now."

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