SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Joe Torre had four regulars on the bench for Monday night's opener of the Dodgers' series with the Giants.
Center fielder Matt Kemp, catcher Russell Martin, first baseman James Loney and second baseman Blake DeWitt did not start against Giants left-hander Barry Zito. Instead, Reed Johnson started in center field, A.J. Ellis was behind the plate, Ronnie Belliard at first base and Jamey Carroll at second base.
The most interesting decision was on Kemp, a .457 lifetime hitter against Zito who is batting .196 this month. It was Kemp's second consecutive game on the bench.
"He has real good numbers against Zito, but I just decided to stick with the lineup yesterday that scored runs," Torre said of starting Johnson, who had two doubles Sunday night in place of the slumping Kemp. "I'm just giving Matt another day off and we'll take it a day at a time. Reed was a big part of the decision. He had a good game and he gives us a little energy. Today I think it's important to get that energy."
Martin, who was ejected after slamming and breaking his bat when called out on strikes in the 10th inning Sunday, also is slumping (1-for-11 on the homestand) and also is only .194 lifetime against Zito. Sunday was his second ejection in five days.
"Last night was obviously grueling and he used a lot of energy," said Torre. "It was my plan to rest him at some point. The way that ended, it was better to do it tonight."
Loney is 1-for-20 lifetime against Zito, while Belliard is hitting .297 against Zito and Carroll is hitting .348.
Broxton to rest two games vs. Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton will get the next two games off after his 48-pitch ninth-inning ordeal Sunday night, manager Joe Torre said Monday, although Broxton said it's not necessary.
"I could throw today, if that's what you want to know," said Broxton. "I've always been able to throw. You get sore, but you've got to get used to throwing sore. Ain't a reliever out there that don't get sore. It's just knowing when you need to take a day. Your manager is going to try to keep you fresh. But if something crazy happened and I had to pitch, I could pitch, put it that way."
Torre said Hong-Chih Kuo would be the closer Monday night.
"I'm going to give him two days whether he needs it or not," Torre said of Broxton. "It was a foregone conclusion once he went deep into the inning. I don't think he's overworked."
Broxton was charged with a career-high four runs in the ninth inning that tied the game the Dodgers lost in the 10th inning to the Yankees, 8-6.
According to MLB.com Gameday, Broxton's velocity remained relatively constant throughout the inning. He threw four pitches to Mark Teixeira leading off ranging from 93-97 mph. He threw four pitches to the last batter that inning, Francisco Cervelli, the fastballs ranging from 95-96 mph.
However, Broxton has yet to reach 100 mph on the radar gun this year, after having 42 such clockings last year.
"I think you need adjust the radar guns, because they're different at every ballpark," said Broxton. "It's hard to know if any of them are accurate."
The 48 pitches were the most Broxton has made in any of his 342 Major League appearances. According to Elias, it was the most pitches in an inning by any reliever this year and the most pitches in an inning from the ninth inning or later since 2000.
Amigos sin Barreras founder named All-Star
LOS ANGELES -- Alma Martinez of Redondo Beach, Calif., has been helping HIV-positive, low-income Los Angeles residents for more than 16 years through Amigos Sin Barreras, an organization that helps provides food, medical care and social engagement.
During the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13, fans across the nation in turn will honor her.
Major League Baseball, People magazine and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday announced Martinez as the Dodgers' All-Star of the All-Stars Among Us campaign, which debuted in 2009 and recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways. Chosen by fans nationwide out of a pool of three finalists to represent the Dodgers, Martinez as well as the other 29 All-Stars Among Us -- one representing each Major League club -- will attend and be honored during the pregame ceremony of the All-Star Game on FOX beginning at 5 p.m. PT.
Fans across the nation cast 1.7 million votes, more than double the amount of votes from the previous year, at PeopleAllStars.com to select the 30 All-Stars Among Us winners out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities.
The Dodgers, too, will honor Martinez during pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium on July 5 prior to their game against the Florida Marlins at 6:10 p.m. PT.
Martinez founded Amigos sin Barreras/Friends without Barriers to honor her son. For more information, visit www.amigosonline.org.
Trade talks slowly heating up
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said there's "more phone activity" in trade talks than a week ago, but gave no indication he was any closer to landing a pitcher.
"If you have somebody people have interest in, the only downside [to waiting] is injury," Colletti said, with the Trade Deadline still more than a month away. "The needs become more extreme as the days tick on. As usual, it's a seller's market."
Colletti acknowledged that in addition to a starting pitcher, which has been an obvious need, he's expanded his search "a little bit" to include a middle reliever.
"The longer you go, the more inclined you are to add pitching, whatever the role," he said.
Colletti said he expected clubs to delay unloading players "unless you're really willing to get somebody's attention and overpay."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.