Mattingly plays matchups vs. Pirates' Correia

Mattingly plays matchups vs. Pirates' Correia

Mattingly plays matchups vs. Pirates' Correia
PITTSBURGH -- A day after he was charged with two errors, veteran second baseman Mark Ellis was not in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.

In his place, Don Mattingly started Luis Cruz at second, but the manager made it clear the decision had nothing to do with Ellis' defensive miscues on Monday night and more to do with the way he has hit Pirates starter Kevin Correia in the past.

"We need to give Mark a day here somewhere in this series," Mattingly said Tuesday. "With him, I can't just play him every day. I've got to give him a day, and today's the day that works out."

Mattingly chose Tuesday to sit Ellis because he has one hit in 10 at-bats against Correia.

Conversely, the manager likes how Juan Uribe has fared against Correia in the past. Uribe, who started at third base and hit second on Tuesday in his first start since July 22, was 8-for-17 with a double and a homer against the Pirates righty.

Before Tuesday, Correia had made 26 appearances against the Dodgers, including 12 starts. He was 5-4 with a 4.20 ERA when facing Los Angeles.

"He's a guy that's given us trouble," Mattingly said. "He's a guy that's kind of a little funky -- good slider. It seems like he's just kind of a little bit wild enough, just wild enough to kind of keep you off balance. We haven't had a lot of success with him, but we'll see. We've got some different guys in the lineup."

Mattingly was also hoping shortstop Hanley Ramirez would continue his success against Correia. Ramirez was 6-for-18 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs against the Pirates starter.