Dodgers looking to give Hanley lineup support

Dodgers looking to give Hanley lineup support

SAN FRANCISCO -- After watching Hanley Ramirez walk in three of his last five plate appearances in St. Louis, manager Don Mattingly knows that he needs to protect Ramirez in the batting order to utilize his ability.

"It was kind of nice he took the walks," Mattingly said, emphasizing the positive. "He's capable of stealing a bag. But I want to get him pitched to. We'll try to get guys behind him that can hit the pitcher that game. We'll line them up the best we can. You hope guys are all over the bases and they've got to pitch to him."

In the first game for Ramirez as a Dodger, James Loney batted behind Ramirez and went 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly that scored Ramirez.

In the second game, Juan Rivera batted behind Ramirez and went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. Loney was in the lineup batting behind Ramirez Friday night against the Giants.