Dodgers @ Braves August 18, 2012: Harang vs Sheets

August 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

Don Mattingly gets suspended for two games following the mess in Pittsburgh, which he’ll be begin serving tonight, while Matt Kemp gets none. Is that fair? I’m not sure, but I don’t care to think about it any further; losing your manager is far, far less damaging than losing your best hitter.

In Mattingly’s absence, bench coach Trey Hillman will take over, but other than returning A.J. Ellis to the lineup, each club starts the identical lineup as they did on Friday night. Keep a close on Atlanta starter Ben Sheets, one of the best comeback stories of the season. He hasn’t faced the Dodgers since getting shelled by a nearly completely different roster back in 2008; only four Dodgers have faced him more than ten times, and of them only Shane Victorino is playing tonight.

Dodgers
Braves
LF
Victorino
CF
Bourn
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Prado
CF
Kemp
RF
Heyward
RF
Ethier
3B
Jones
SS
Ramirez
1B
Freeman
1B
Loney
2B
Uggla
3B
Cruz
C
Ross
C
Ellis
SS
Janish
P
Harang
P
Sheets

 

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