Matt Kemp will get the start in the Dodgers' home opener thanks to Yasiel Puig, who will ride pine after after showing up late to the park on Friday.
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LOS ANGELES — A disgruntled Matt Kemp was not in the Dodgers’ original opening day lineup Friday morning, but thanks to a unforeseen twist — teammate Yasiel Puig’s tardiness — Kemp was in the starting lineup at game time.
Team officials said Puig was unaware what time he was supposed to report for the 1 p.m. game at Dodger Stadium against the San Francisco Giants and didn’t arrive until his Dodgers teammates were already stretching on the field before batting practice.
Manager Don Mattingly, who earlier in the day said Kemp would probably not make his first start until Saturday, scratched Puig and inserted Kemp.
Kemp was activated from the disabled list and undoubtedly expected to make his first start of the season in his comeback from surgery on his left ankle last October. But Mattingly opted to use left-handed-hitting Andre Ethier to face Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, a right-hander.