Blake scratched with back spasms

Blake scratched with back spasms

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake was scratched from the original starting lineup for Thursday night's game with Atlanta because of back spasms.

The 36-year-old Blake was replaced at third base by Jamey Carroll, who had three hits Wednesday, when Blake did not start but played nine innings in a 14-inning win over Arizona.

Blake is hitting .355 with four homers in his last 16 games and has a nine-game hitting streak. Carroll went 6-for-9 in the three-game series with the D-backs. He has started 34 games (28 at shortstop, six at second base), but this was his first start of the year at third.