Originally written May 14, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
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Dee Gordon has had a rough start to the 2012 season, but the Dodgers don't have plans to move him down in the lineup, or to the bench, anytime soon. Gordon had an 0-for-14 slump through Sunday and is hitting .211 with a .250 on-base percentage. He was held out of the starting lineup Sunday for just the fifth time in 34 games this season. Manager Don Mattingly doesn't plan to make a habit of benching Gordon, nor does he plan to move Gordon from the leadoff spot despite the low on-base percentage. "Dropping Dee in the order sounds really easy, but who do I hit there? I really don't have a leadoff guy," Mattingly said. "If I had an alternative, I'd consider it. I still have to think about it." The Dodgers have gotten off to a hot start, at 23-11, and have a six-game lead in the National League West. Mattingly is using that cushion to give Gordon more time to grow into his role and snap out of his early-season funk. "I know we can't forc...
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