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Adrian Gonzalez to hit cleanup in Dodgers debut tonight

Aug 25, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

Matt Kemp was nice enough to pass along the lineup card for tonight’s game between the Marlins and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The newly-acquired Adrian Gonzalez is indeed in the starting lineup and will bat cleanup against right-hander Josh Johnson.


And to think, just two months ago the Dodgers were using Juan Rivera in the cleanup spot on a semi-regular basis.

  1. mauimike50 - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    one word…..sick!….if I was not a dodger fan….I would hate this team…!

  2. pisano - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    I’ll say one thing, Gonzalez must feel like he died and went to heaven, what more could he ask for? he goes from that cesspool to a contender.” Baseball beeen berry berry good to heem” to quote SNL.

  3. randygnyc - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    With the addition of players like hanram, agone and the cryin Hawaiian, who clearly want to prove their abilities for a franchise capable of winning, this lineup has got to be the NL favorite right now.

    • melsh13 - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      Down boy.
      Improved? Yes.
      NL favorites? Not from adding Victorino.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        Randy has a unique sense of humor.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Seeing Juan Rivera’s name brought back fond memories of the Wells for Rivera and Napoli trade. The Jays did not need or want either, but were happy to take them in order to get the Wells contract off the books. Remarkably, Boston did a better job in this trade than the Jays did in theirs.

  5. dkphilly1122 - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    This lineup is nasty. Kemp and AGon as the 3 and 4 hitters….than Ramirez and Ethier at 5 and 6. Who cares about the rest of the lineup…’s not important.

    • rooney24 - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      Ask the Tigers whether 3 or 4 good hitters are enough, or whether you need a complete lineup.

  6. dondada10 - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    An “Instagram”? Really?

  7. edge661 - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Dodgers still suck

  8. smcgaels1997 - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Yeah leaving Fenway for a parking lot that empties by the 6th inning must be a treat…

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      Now, now, NoCal-man. Your Coke bottle in the outfield makes the Matterhorn in left center Anaheim Stadium look unique and cool.

  9. jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Dodgers took on two of the main protagonists from last year’s Red Sox epic collapse. Gonzales has been anything but clutch since then, but he hits a lot of singles. Beckett has been like a cancer, on the mound and in the clubhouse. The Dodgers are absolutely desperate to win now, and Crawford won’t even suit up until next year. Unless Beckett and Gonzales play a lot better, this money dump by the Red Sox will not benefit the Dodgers even in the short run. Can’t wait to see what happens.

  10. randygnyc - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    3run blast

  11. deepstblu - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    First AB as a Dodger for Gonzalez: 3-run homer off Josh Johnson.

  12. pooinyourface - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    dumbest fuckin trade i ever saw in HISTORY

  13. watermelon1 - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    I’m not a fan of the MLB following in NBA’s recent footsteps and making a SUPER TEAM via a bunch of teams all trading their best players to the same team.

    BUT.. at least the Dodgers know how to welcome these players to town. Gonzalez at clean-up his first day on the team. And then giving Punto an at-bat just for the fans. Awesome. I can’t say this trade made the MLB playoffs more fun to watch, as it’s probably just between 2 teams in the NL… Nationals and Dodgers. But hey, it will at least make the Dodgers that much more fun to watch!

    And on top of it all, it makes Boston even more of an afterthought this season…. and hopefully many seasons to come.


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