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Brandon Allen Not In Starting Lineup, Xavier Nady Starts At 1B For Diamondbacks

Brandon Allen is with the big league club once again, but he will not start tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Allen, a left-handed batter, will sit against all-star lefty Clayton Kershaw, who is sitting at 9-4 with a 3.03 ERA for the 41-51 Dodgers.

Xavier Nady will play first base tonight for the Arizona Diamondbacks, batting eighth and giving manager Kirk Gibson another right-handed bat in the lineup.

Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Dodgers tomorrow, and you can expect Allen to make his first start of the season against the right-hander.

Allen hit .306 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI for Triple-A Reno during the first half of the season, prompting GM Kevin Towers to promote him as a replacement for the struggling Juan Miranda. As Jess Root reported earlier this evening, Allen will get a lot of playing time for the Diamondbacks, so this is just Gibson playing the match-up tonight.