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Zack Greinke is batting ninth for Dodgers? In this lineup?
Zack Greinke is batting ninth for Dodgers? In this lineup?

Why is Zack Greinke batting ninth for the Dodgers on Thursday? He is the pitcher, of course, and that is where pitchers bat. But, in the lineup the Dodgers fielded Thursday in an early start against the Reds, Greinke could be batting seventh or eighth. Instead, Manager Don Mattingly is batting catcher Tim Federowicz (and his .123 average) seventh, with shortstop and career minor leaguer Miguel Rojas eighth. Mattingly said Greinke could hit higher in the lineup — “he really is that good,” Mattingly said — but did not want to burden him with the pressure to produce at bat as well as on the mound. “For us, right now, it wouldn’t be the right thing,” Mattingly said. “As good as Zack...

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