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Gordon gets a break in pursuit of second-base gig

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Dee Gordon was originally scheduled to travel for the Dodgers' exhibition game against the Royals on Tuesday but instead received a day off.

Justin Turner instead got the start, with Alex Guerrero coming off the bench.

Gordon and Guerrero are the two leading candidates for the Dodgers' opening at second base, but manager Don Mattingly said the switch had nothing to do with the competition.

"We make those lineups so far out, as you get to them you're kind of adjusting all the time," Mattingly said.

Mattingly said Gordon was available to play in an intrasquad game at Camelback Ranch, but it wasn't a requirement.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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