Black shuffles lineup for opener in LA

Black shuffles lineup for opener in LA

Black shuffles lineup for opener in LA
LOS ANGELES -- As Padres manager Bud Black likes to say -- and he did so again on Friday -- "you've got to use your bench, all 25 guys."

In Friday's opener against the Dodgers, Black mixed up his lineup, inserting Jeremy Hermida in the starting lineup for his first start of the season in right field.

Catcher John Baker got a start against former Padres pitcher Aaron Harang, a move that gave Nick Hundley -- hitless after his first 24 plate appearances -- a day off.

Of course, it helped that Hermida, a left-handed hitter, had a .467 career average -- with a double and two home runs -- in 15 at-bats against Harang.

"Jeremy is swinging the bat well, he swung the bat well in spring and has off the bench," Black said of Hermida, who was 2-for-4 overall entering Friday. "We felt it was a good time to get Jeremy in there."

Baker made his second start of the season. Hundley figures to start Saturday and Sunday when the Dodgers use two left-handed pitchers, Ted Lilly and Clayton Kershaw.

Will Venable, who usually starts in right field, moved over to left field on Friday. Jesus Guzman, who's hitting .172 in his first 29 at-bats, got the night off.