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Multiple changes mark Gibson's lineup card

Multiple changes mark Gibson's lineup card

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PHOENIX -- The D-backs' second Kirk Gibson-scribed lineup included a lot of unlikely starters.

The interim skipper replaced first baseman Adam LaRoche (0-for-5 on Friday night) with reserve Rusty Ryal. Gibson also elected to bat backup catcher Chris Snyder, who is 2-for-4 with a home run all-time against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, in Miguel Montero's usual cleanup spot.

"Overall, I'm trying to reinvigorate my team," Gibson explained. "There's some shock factor to it. I'm also trying to establish the batting order. If you think down the game a little bit, what might happen, whose spot that is [Montero's]."

Some alterations to the D-backs' usual starting infield simply proved necessary. Second baseman Kelly Johnson (flu) was scratched prior to batting practice and replaced by Augie Ojeda, who was slated to bat eighth.

Tony Abreu started in lieu of shortstop Stephen Drew (left knee stiffness), who has played just once over Arizona's past four games. Drew said his ailing knee simply needed rest. He was available off of the bench on Saturday and is likely to return to the starting lineup on Sunday.

"It doesn't matter who we put in there," Gibson said. "We go out there and compete. I want everybody to understand that, because I think we'll be a better team if everybody is involved."

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