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Dodgers release opening day roster and expected starting lineup

Cody Bellinger will start in center field for the Dodgers on opening day.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)
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The Dodgers released their official 30-man opening day roster Thursday morning with few surprises as they embark on the pandemic-shortened 60-game season.

The roster includes 16 pitchers, six infielders, six outfielders, and two catchers.

Reliever Dustin May is getting the opening-day start for the Dodgers after the team placed Clayton Kershaw on the injury list with back stiffness. Earlier in the day, May was initially left off the roster.

Outfielder and base-running specialist Terrance Gore was called up in May’s place and likely will be used as a pinch-runner or in extra-inning situations, which this year will see teams start half innings with a runner at second base.

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The rest of the Dodgers’ roster is as expected. On a podcast hosted by team broadcasters Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser published Thursday morning, manager Dave Roberts said his expected season-opening lineup would include Austin Barnes at catcher, Max Muncy at first base, Kiké Hernández at second, Justin Turner at third, Corey Seager at shortstop, Joc Pederson in left field, Cody Bellinger in center, Mookie Betts in right and AJ Pollock serving as the designated hitter.

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Austin Barnes, who was scheduled to catch for Kershaw, will now catch for May.

Newly signed left-handed reliever Jake McGee, right-handed reliever Dennis Santana and infielder Edwin Ríos were the most notable players seemingly on the roster bubble to make the squad.

MLB rosters were expanded this season because of the pandemic. The Dodgers will have to reduce their active roster to 28 players by Aug. 6 and then to the original size of 26 players by Aug. 20.

The full roster:

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Right-handed pitchers

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Pedro Baez

Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez.
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Walker Buehler

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler.
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Dylan Floro

Dodgers pitcher Dylan Floro.
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Brusdar Graterol

Dodgers pitcher Brusdar Graterol.
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Kenley Jansen

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.
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Joe Kelly

Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly
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Dustin May

Dodgers pitcher Dustin May.
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Dennis Santana

Dodgers pitcher Dennis Santana.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Ross Stripling

Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling.
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Blake Treinen

Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen.
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Left-handed pitchers

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Scott Alexander

Dodgers pitcher Scott Alexander.
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Caleb Ferguson

Dodgers pitcher Caleb Ferguson.
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Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Adam Kolarek

Dodgers pitcher Adam Kolarek.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Jake McGee

Dodgers pitcher Jake McGee.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Julio Urías

Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Alex Wood

Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

Catchers

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Austin Barnes

Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Will Smith

Dodgers catcher Will Smith.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

Infielders

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Matt Beaty

Dodgers infielder Matt Beaty.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Kiké Hernández

Dodgers utility player Kike Hernandez.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Max Muncy

Dodgers infielder Max Muncy
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Edwin Ríos

Dodgers infielder Edwin Rios.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Corey Seager

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Justin Turner

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

Outfielders

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Cody Bellinger

Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger.
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Mookie Betts

Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts.
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Terrance Gore

Dodgers outfielder Terrance Gore.
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Joc Pederson

Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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AJ Pollock

Dodgers outfielder AJ Pollock.
(Kent Nishimura; Allison Hong / Los Angeles Times)

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Chris Taylor

Dodgers utility player Chris Taylor.
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