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• Third baseman David Freese (.458 OPS heading into Monday) started the season batting ahead of second baseman Howie Kendrick (.621), but over Freese's last two starts, Scioscia has flipped his two right-handed hitters. Asked about Freese's early struggles, Scioscia said: "I think he's trying to get comfortable in the box. There are some things I think he wants to get comfortable with in his stance to find some things and let him get to pitches easier. He's working hard with [hitting coaches] Dave Hansen and Paul Sorrento on that. I think he just needs at-bats right now."

• Reliever Dane De La Rosa, back in Triple-A after his velocity was surprisingly low in his 2014 debut on Saturday, is "getting evaluated on some medical things and having some tests," Scioscia said Monday. "He feels good, he says he feels healthy, so I think you just want to explore why some of his velo is down," Scioscia added. "Once he's ready, I know he's going to get right back on the horse. And Dane De La Rosa is going to be a big part of our bullpen. It's just going to take a little more time."

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• Third baseman David Freese (.458 OPS heading into Monday) started the season batting ahead of second baseman Howie Kendrick (.621), but over Freese's last two starts, Scioscia has flipped his two right-handed hitters. Asked about Freese's early struggles, Scioscia said: "I think he's trying to get comfortable in the box. There are some things I think he wants to get comfortable with in his stance to find some things and let him get to pitches easier. He's working hard with [hitting coaches] Dave Hansen and Paul Sorrento on that. I think he just needs at-bats right now."

• Reliever Dane De La Rosa, back in Triple-A after his velocity was surprisingly low in his 2014 debut on Saturday, is "getting evaluated on some medical things and having some tests," Scioscia said Monday. "He feels good, he says he feels healthy, so I think you just want to explore why some of his velo is down," Scioscia added. "Once he's ready, I know he's going to get right back on the horse. And Dane De La Rosa is going to be a big part of our bullpen. It's just going to take a little more time."

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Kole Calhoun (.659 OPS) batted ninth on Saturday and fifth on Sunday, but he was right back in the leadoff spot against a right-hander on Monday, after his first multihit game of the season. Scioscia said he'd like to continue to use Calhoun in the leadoff spot, especially against opposing righties. Hank Conger started behind the plate for the second straight day because Scioscia wanted more left-handed bats against righty Jesse Chavez.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez.

 

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