Dodgers play matchups with corner infield spots

Dodgers play matchups with corner infield spots

Dodgers play matchups with corner infield spots
LOS ANGELES -- As the season enters the second half, the Dodgers are continuing to use a platoon at both corner infield positions in hopes of utilizing the best possible matchups.

On Friday, the team used Juan Rivera at first and Juan Uribe at third. On Saturday, Rivera got the start again while Adam Kennedy started in place of Uribe. Manager Don Mattingly said he expects to go back to Uribe at third on Sunday while playing James Loney at first.

Neither first baseman has stood out through the first half, although Mattingly said Rivera has given more professional at-bats. Rivera entered Saturday hitting .253 with 27 RBIs while Loney was hitting .247 with 24 RBIs.

Third base has been an even bigger problem with Uribe hitting .198 and registering only one hit in his last 20 at-bats.

"I look at third a lot like I do first," Mattingly said. "It's one of those spots where we are trying to find production. I can't say it's going to be anybody's true job over there. We'll just kind of see, and I'm going to mix and match over there."