GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Dodgers certainly have a purpose this Spring Training. Choosing an Opening Day starter, lining up the starting rotation and determining most of the lineup, however, aren't it.First-year manager Don Mattingly has already made those decisions. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball March 31 against the Giants, and will be followed by Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda and Jon Garland. Casey Blake, a lower-third of the lineup guy last season, moves into the two-slot in the batting order, preceded by Rafael Furcal and followed by the everyday heart: Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and James Loney. There is a reason Mattingly made early calls on all these. "I wanted to make quick decisions on as much as I could so guys could get comfortable," Mattingly said, "to establish some regularity. Things can always change with injuries or depending on how guys are swinging it, but in a perfect world, we'd be able to keep it fairly stable, so guys can get comfortable where they're at." The Dodgers' new-look lineup had little success Tuesday against the Indians, held to two hits and a solo homer by Jerry Sands in a 2-1 loss. Playing against his former Cleveland club, Blake certainly did not have an opportunity to exhibit any of the special offensive skills that isolated him as the ideal No. 2 in Mattingly's lineup. "He was an eight-year Minor Leaguer, and guys like that learn their craft," said the manager. "He handles the bat, can bunt, hit it the other way." Blake primarily was slotted at Nos. 5 and 6 last season, when Kemp and departed Ryan Theriot got the most looks at No. 2.
Lilly scratched from spring debut Wednesday
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The flu bug that swept through Camelback Ranch-Glendale has claimed its latest victim, Ted Lilly, who will be scratched on Wednesday from his scheduled Spring Training debut as the Dodgers' starting pitcher against Kansas City.
Instead of Lilly, the Dodgers will start non-roster right-hander Tim Redding, who started one of Saturday's split-squad games and pitched two innings. It is not known when Lilly will pitch.
Redding, who was scheduled to pitch Wednesday anyway, is expected to be followed by Carlos Monasterios, Scott Elbert, Ramon Troncoso and Luis Vasquez.
Gibbons back with Dodgers after bout with flu
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Jay Gibbons returned to workouts Tuesday after missing four days and losing five pounds because of the flu.
Gibbons went half-speed and said he was tired by the end of the morning. Manager Don Mattingly said before the workout that Gibbons might be able to serve as designated hitter in Wednesday's game, but Gibbons might need an extra day.
"I went two days without eating anything," Gibbons said. "I started eating Monday. I hope tomorrow I'll feel well enough to DH. It's possible."
John Lindsey did defensive drills and his strained calf muscle is improving.
Camelback Ranch turns into a literal field of dreams Thursday, when the Dodgers hold their annual all-comers tryout for anyone hoping to land a Minor League contract. Candidates need to bring only a uniform as registration begins at 8 a.m. MT and tryouts promptly follow at 9 a.m. It could happen: Two players were signed out of both the 2009 and '10 tryouts and one -- right-hander Tim Corcoran -- is still in the system. ... Dodgers righty Albert Bastardo -- who warmed up Tuesday without getting into his first exhibition -- is not related to Phillies lefty Antonio Bastardo. They aren't even countrymen: Albert is from Venezuela, Antonio from the Dominican.