Friday, March 04, 2011

Day 16 Spring Training Report

Per @DodgersUSA, we find out that today, on March 4, 1912, Dodgers owner Charles Ebbets broke ground in Brooklyn to build his Ebbets Field.

Tonights lineup against the Giants:1) Jamey Carroll SS; 2) Dioner Navarro C; 3) Andre Ethier RF; 4) Matt Kemp CF; 5) Marcus Thames DH; 6) James Loney 1B; 7) Jamie Hoffmann LF; 8) Ivan de Jesus 2B; 9) Justin Sellers 3B; Jon Garland SP.

Ely, Broxton, Guerrier, Mahay and Schlichting are expected to pitch in relief.

Below is a rundown of todays Spring Training Notes brought to you by the Dodgers.
  • THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: The Dodgers and Giants meet for the second time this spring after San Francisco defeated Los Angeles 8-3 on Saturday in Scottsdale. The two clubs will face off two more times this spring, both at Scottsdale Stadium, before their Opening Night showdown on March 31 at Dodger Stadium.
(This has been floating around twitter all day)
  • ON THE HILL: Dodger right-hander Jon Garland will make his first start of the spring tonight against the Giants after signing with the Dodgers this winter as a free agent. Last year, the Granada Hills native set career-bests with a 3.47 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 33 starts with the Padres, tying for the team lead with 14 wins while tossing 200.0 or more innings for the sixth time in his career. Garland will be followed by Jonathan Broxton, Matt Guerrier, Ron Mahay, Travis Schlichting, Javy Guerra and John Ely. Left-hander Barry Zito will get the start for the Giants.
  • LET’S TURN IT AROUND: The Dodgers fell 3-1 at the hands of the Reds last night in Goodyear. Jerry Sands went 2-for-2 and drove in Los Angeles’ only run with an RBI single in the fifth inning to plate Xavier Paul, who doubled to lead off the frame. Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs on six hits over 2.1 innings in his second Spring Training start, and through seven games, Dodger starters have posted a 1.10 ERA (2 ER/16.1 IP).
(Pic Link: TwitPic: Big_Teets)
  • SOMETHING IN THE AIR TONIGHT: The Dodgers would like to welcome Spanish-language broadcaster and Dodger legend Fernando Valenzuela to Camelback Ranch. Valenzuela will kick off his ninth season in the broadcast booth along with Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín and Pepe Yňiguez tomorrow as the trio will call the Dodgers-Reds game from Camelback Ranch. The broadcast can be heard on the Dodgers’ new Spanish-language broadcast partner, KTNQ 1020, which is part of the Univision Radio Group.

  • BIENVENIDOS: For the next few days, the Dodgers will welcome a contingent of Mexican media members to Camelback Ranch, including representatives from Sintesis TV, Azteca America, Puro Beisbol, ZETA, El Vigia de Ensenada and Notimex. This will be the third year that the club has hosted members of the Mexican media in Glendale with the group meeting the Dodgers’ Spanish-language broadcast team and players during their visit.

  • HAPPY HAPPY: The Dodgers would like to wish a happy 22nd birthday to right-hander Rubby De La Rosa. Last night, the Dodgers’ 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year allowed just one hit (and then promptly picked the runner off second base) and struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings against the Reds.

  • 30 CLUBS IN 30 DAYS: MLB Network and host Matt Vasgersian will be at Camelback Ranch today and tomorrow gathering material for the network’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days tour. Don Mattingly will be interviewed live on the network tomorrow with the entire Dodgers episode debuting on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. ET.

  • TOGETHER IN TUCSON: It was announced today that the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will play a Spring Training game on Friday, March 25 at 1:05 p.m. in Tucson with proceeds benefitting the Tucson Together Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to the victims, witnesses and their families for expenses associated with the January 8th tragedy. The contest will be played at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium (formerly known as TEP) with tickets available at

(Pee Wee received the call today in 1984 about his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame)
  • A LOOK BACK: On March 4, 1984, Pee Wee Reese was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The 10-time National League All-Star appeared in more games at shortstop (2,014) than any player in franchise history and is the club’s all-time leader in runs scored (1,338) and walks (1,210). Also on this day in 1912, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the construction of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

  • THE LEFTY’S STILL GOT IT: Tomorrow morning, Dodger Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda will throw out the first pitch at the Ahwatukee Little League’s Opening Day ceremonies in Phoenix.
  • A LITTLE SHIFTY: Tonight, former Dodger second baseman Steve Sax will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on “Fireworks Night” at Camelback Ranch and will be at the facility this weekend to promote his new book, SHIFT: Change Your Mindset And You Change Your World. Tomorrow, Sax will be signing copies of SHIFT outside the Team Store in the Center Field Courtyard from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sax won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1982, the Silver Slugger in 1986 and was a five-time All Star for the Dodgers (1982-83, ’86) and Yankees (1989-90).

  • PAYING RESPECTS: A private memorial service for Hall of Famer Edwin “Duke” Snider will be held on March 12. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Fallbrook Union High School Baseball Program c/o Fallbrook Baseball ASB, 2234 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028.

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