Bryce Harper in center field. (H. Rumph, Jr./AP)

As expected, first baseman Adam LaRoche is out after he exited last night’s game with lingering back stiffness. As not expected, but as makes some sense, Denard Span is off against Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Harper will play center field for the fourth time this season — and the first time since he returned from thumb surgery and declared he wanted to play center field.

Span drilled two homers last night. But he hasn’t sat since Aug. 13, and tonight — against the best lefty in the game, in a night game before a noon game — is as good of a time as any for Span to get a rest.

Tyler Moore was out around 2 p.m. fielding grounders off the bat of coach Mark Weidemaier, but it will be Kevin Frandsen at first base. Scott Hairston will play left field. Anthony Rendon will lead off. Ian Desmond gets his 10th career start as a cleanup hitter.


1. Anthony Rendon, 3B

2. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Ian Desmond, SS

5. Wilson Ramos, C

6. Bryce Harper, CF

7. Scott Hairston, LF

8. Kevin Frandsen, 1B

9. Doug Fister, SP


1. Dee Gordon, 2B

2. Hanley Ramirez, SS

3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4. Matt Kemp, RF

5. Carl Crawford, LF

6. Juan Uribe, 3B

7. Jose Pederson, CF

8. A.J. Ellis, C

9. Clayton Kershaw, SP