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Torre unveils opening Dodgers lineup

Torre unveils opening lineup

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LOS ANGELES -- Still clinging to the remote chance the Dodgers will land a new third baseman, manager Joe Torre nonetheless finally revealed most of his Opening Day lineup after Sunday's exhibition finale.

Having earlier declared that Andre Ethier had won the starting left-field job from Juan Pierre, Torre returned switch-hitting shortstop Rafael Furcal to his leadoff spot and said the left-handed Ethier will bat second on Monday against Giants southpaw Barry Zito.

Right fielder Matt Kemp, second baseman Jeff Kent and center fielder Andruw Jones will form an all-right-handed 3-4-5 heart of the order, with Silver Slugging catcher Russell Martin sixth and first baseman James Loney seventh.

Assuming there is no acquisition and rookie Blake DeWitt starts at third base, he will bat eighth, which is why Torre had DeWitt practice his sacrifice bunts in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Red Sox.

Torre said the alignment could change after Monday.

"The caliber of the players allows you to move them around according to who you're playing and who's pitching," Torre said.

Torre joked that he toyed with the idea of batting Opening Day starting pitcher Brad Penny eighth. Penny was 2-for-5 with a sacrifice bunt this spring. Dodgers pitchers, however, did not get much practice batting in game situations. Torre chose to use a designated hitter in 10 of the Dodgers' 17 home games this spring.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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