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Matt Kemp returns to the Dodgers' lineup

August 31, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp signs autographs before a game at Dodger Stadium last week. He's back in the lineup, and hitting third, for Friday night's game.
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp signs autographs before a game at Dodger… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

Matt Kemp is back in the Dodgers' lineup.

Kemp missed the last two games after crashing into the center-field wall at Coors Field on Tuesday.

Kemp will bat cleanup on Friday for the first time this season, part of what appears to be an effort by Manager Don Mattingly to shake up his surprisingly unproductive lineup.

Recently acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will bat third.

In other news, closer Kenley Jansen was seen on Friday playing catch in the Dodger Stadium outfield with bullpen catcher Rob Flippo. Jansen was unavailable for the last three games because of heart problems.

The Dodgers lineup:

Mark Ellis 2B
Shane Victorino LF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Matt Kemp CF
Hanley Ramirez SS
Andre Ethier RF
Luis Cruz 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Aaron Harang P

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