Torre rests trio for day game vs. Rox

Torre rests trio for day game vs. Rox

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre decided to use Saturday's game as a day of rest for regulars Russell Martin, Rafael Furcal and Casey Blake because of the early 12:40 p.m. PT start after a night game.

Instead, three backups were penciled in the lineup as Brad Ausmus started at catcher and batted seventh, Juan Castro started at shortstop and batted eighth and Blake DeWitt started at third base and batted sixth.

Torre also shuffled the top of the lineup as a result with Orlando Hudson becoming the leadoff hitter and placing Andre Ethier in the two-hole in front of Manny Ramirez.

"I sort of bit the bullet here," Torre said. "I made the decision a few days ago to try and find a way to finagle who would play the night game and the day game. But I decided because it was an early day game just to rest those three guys."

Torre also praised the versalility of veteran infielder Mark Loretta, who started Friday night's game at first base before moving to third base on a double-switch for James Loney. Loretta had two hits, including what proved to be the game-winning RBI single in the seventh.

"Loretta gives you a lot of flexibility like that," Torre said. "You can move him around the infield. In this league, it helps to do the double-switch."

Torre also said the Dodgers are expected to play their usual lineup in the series finale against the Rockies on Sunday.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.