Mattingly said the configuration was dictated by matchups and the success Rivera and Loney have had against Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. Rivera was 7-for-17, Loney 6-for-13.
Perhaps the most interesting development since the club arrived in San Francisco is the insertion of Ellis in the leadoff spot for the second straight game. The last time he played more than a handful of games as a leadoff hitter was 2008, when he hit .224 in the spot.
"I did it earlier in my career, and it's not much different after the first at-bat," said Ellis. "It's pretty much the same thing as the two-hole. You get good pitches to hit. Donnie gave me a heads-up that he was thinking about it and asked if I had any problems with it and I said no. It doesn't change my approach. I'm the same hitter."