What's buzzing:

Mattingly expects Gonzalez to play MLB opener

AP - Sports
Mattingly expects Gonzalez to play MLB opener

View photo

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez laughs during a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The MLB season-opening two-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney will be played this weekend. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SYDNEY (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn't expect lower back tightness to keep first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from playing in the Major League Baseball season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gonzalez, who led the Dodgers last year by playing 157 games, said he tweaked his back while stretching ahead of an exhibition game against Australia on Thursday night. He came out in the fourth inning of the 4-2 Dodgers' win and didn't take part in the team's workout Friday.

Mattingly, who announced his starting lineup Friday for the opener with Gonzalez batting cleanup, said in his clubhouse office Friday that ''there are no red flags'' from Gonzalez at this point and he expected him to play at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the first regular-season game in Australia.

''He's not going to hit today,'' Mattingly added later on the field. ''He did a little bit in the (batting) cage. Still expecting him to go tomorrow.''

Gonzalez is having a good spring training, coming into Thursday's game batting .303 in 13 games.

View Comments (2)
  • Lind's RBI single in 11th lifts Brewers over Phillies 8-7

    Lind's RBI single in 11th lifts Brewers over Phillies 8-7

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Adam Lind hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 on Thursday night to complete a four-game sweep. … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
  • Scherzer tosses 5-hitter but Braves win

    Scherzer tosses 5-hitter but Braves win

    Cameron Maybin drove in the go-ahead run with a chopper against Max Scherzer that bounced over third base in the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. Pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco … More »

    AP - Sports - 24 minutes ago
  • Gallardo extends streak, Rangers top O's

    Gallardo extends streak, Rangers top O's

    Leonys Martin ended a scoreless duel with an RBI single in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Thursday night behind a dominant pitching performance by Yovani Gallardo and three relievers. After Shin-Soo Choo led … More »

    AP - Sports - 26 minutes ago
  • Royals pick off Santana

    Royals pick off Santana

    7/2/15: Chris Young throws to second base after Danny Santana strays too far and the Royals retire him after a rundown … More »

    MLB.com - 29 minutes ago
  • Young strikes out Sano

    Young strikes out Sano

    7/2/15: Chris Young gets Miguel Sano to swing through strike three to retire the side in the 4th inning … More »

    MLB.com - 30 minutes ago