Victorino, M. Ellis swap spots at top of LA lineup

Victorino, M. Ellis swap spots at top of LA lineup

Victorino, M. Ellis swap spots at top of LA lineup
DENVER -- Manager Don Mattingly tweaked the top of the batting order Tuesday night, moving Shane Victorino from leadoff to second and Mark Ellis from second to leadoff.

"I just flipped them to create a little energy," Mattingly said. "Both have done a good job. It's just a different look."

The change comes after the Dodgers were shut out in Coors Field by a pitching staff with the highest ERA in baseball. But Mattingly said there was some baseball logic to it.

"I don't feel it's a major change, but to me, it's as much for Shane as anything," he said. "I want him to be comfortable in the role he had the last couple years."

Victorino actually has more at-bats this year in the No. 5 spot. In previous seasons with the Phillies, he most frequently hit second behind Jimmy Rollins. That meant Victorino was protected by Philadelphia's No. 3 hitter, Ryan Howard. In the new alignment, Victorino is protected by Matt Kemp.

Ellis has only 16 previous at-bats this year leading off and hasn't spent any considerable time there since 2008.

Against Colorado rookie right-hander Tyler Chatwood, Mattingly also started Adam Kennedy at third base to give a day off to hot-hitting Luis Cruz, who is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday.