Worth noting

John McDonald was in the starting lineup for the first time since May 16 on Wednesday, replacing David Freese at third base. McDonald hit ninth.

"David is struggling a little bit the last couple of days," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's really been swinging the bat well in the last week."

After a 8-for-19 (.421) stretch over six games, Freese went 0-for-9 Sunday through Tuesday.

McDonald has appeared in 29 games, mostly as a late-game defensive replacement, and is hitting .258 this season.

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