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Torre shuffles Dodgers' lineup

Torre shuffles Dodgers' lineup

MIAMI -- Joe Torre's season-high string of consecutive games with the same lineup ended at two on Thursday when he really shook it up, sitting regulars Andrew Jones, Jeff Kent and James Loney.

Starting were Juan Pierre, Chin-lung Hu and Mark Sweeney, the latter getting his first start of the season and doing it in Kent's cleanup position.

Sweeney was provided protection by being wedged between Matt Kemp and Russell Martin. Torre had said earlier he wanted to give Sweeney a start so he could get some at-bats to sharpen his eye for his regular pinch-hitting duties.

Kent received the customary rest for an early day game after a night game. Jones sat, not only to get Pierre in the lineup against Florida right-hander Burke Badenhop, but because Jones still is struggling at the plate and Andre Ethier isn't.

Jones, however, showed an obvious adjustment in several at-bats Wednesday night with an open batting stance against left-hander Scott Olsen.

Jones has been pulling off pitches all year. To reach pitches with an open stance, he must bring his left leg toward home plate and the momentum of that act theoretically nullifies his tendency to pull away. He flied out twice to center field and popped to second before walking twice, although, as the game progressed, his stance appeared to close.

"I'm trying everything," Jones said.

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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