Dodgers shuffle lineup vs. Padres
Jones dropped in order, Pierre starts instead of Kemp
LOS ANGELES -- Joe Torre was at it again on Friday, producing yet another lineup in an effort to generate runs from a struggling Dodgers offense that had the added unfortunate assignment of facing San Diego ace Jake Peavy.
Torre has not repeated a lineup in 10 games this season. On Friday, he dropped struggling center fielder Andruw Jones to seventh in the order, with Juan Pierre starting in left field and batting second behind shortstop Rafael Furcal. Torre did not want Matt Kemp starting against Peavy, who came into the game 10-1 lifetime against the Dodgers.
"I'm trying to find a combination that gets production and gets people to relax," said Torre. "I've got Andruw seventh to maybe get out of a responsibility spot, although I've found in the past, that they always wind up hitting with the bases loaded. He was here at 2:30 [p.m. PT Friday] in the cage. He's not sitting back and saying he's OK."
Jones is off to a slow start, batting .129 with one extra-base hit, one RBI and 10 strikeouts in 31 at-bats, and it didn't promise to improve Friday night. He's 1-for-18 with seven strikeouts lifetime against Peavy. Kemp has never faced Peavy, and Pierre is 6-for-30 (.200) lifetime against the right-hander, who two-hit the Dodgers last Saturday.
The most successful hitters against Peavy in the Dodgers' lineup Friday night were Jeff Kent (3-for-11 with one homer) and Furcal (10-for-38 with three homers), while Russell Martin was 2-for-23 with seven strikeouts and Andre Ethier was 3-for-22 with seven strikeouts.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.