Saturday, March 12, 2011
Here is the lineup at Scottsdale: Gwynn DH, Blake 3B, Ethier RF, Loney 1B, Gibbons LF, Robinson CF, Barajas C, Castro 2B, Sellers SS, Redding P
Below are Day 24 Spring Training Notes from the Dodgers.
LET’S PLAY TWO: The Dodgers open a busy weekend stretch with four games in four cities over two days. Today, split squads will depart to face the Giants in Scottsdale and to take on the Royals in Surprise. Following the game, most of the Surprise team will depart for this evening’s flight to Las Vegas, while the remainder of the Dodgers will play the White Sox tomorrow at Camelback Ranch.
FLASHBACK: Yesterday, the Dodgers lost 9-2 at Oakland for their third consecutive defeat. Aaron Miles put the Dodgers on the board with his second Spring Training home run, a solo shot in the fifth inning. Miles, who spent the 2010 campaign with the Cardinals, is batting .364 with a .773 slugging percentage in 10 spring games. The Dodgers’ second run came courtesy of Matt Kemp’s sixth-inning blast as the center fielder went 2-for-3 to raise his batting average to .375 in 10 spring contests.
A GIANT ARMS RACE: Tim Redding will take a 0.00 ERA into his third start and fourth appearance of the spring season. The right-hander will be facing the Giants for the second time after holding the World Champions scoreless over 2.0 innings in a March 26 start at Scottsdale. Redding will be followed by RHP Jon Huber, RHP Roman Colon and RHP Travis Schlichting. The Giants will counter with LHP Dan Runzler. RHP Sean O’Sullivan will get the start for Kansas City. The Scottsdale squad will be managed by the Dodgers’ Triple-A Manager Lorenzo Bundy.
MOUND ROYALTY: Over in Surprise, Ted Lilly will make his second Spring Training start against the Royals after allowing one run on three hits over 3.1 innings on Monday against the Rockies. The left-hander re-signed with the Dodgers as a free agent this past offseason and over the last four seasons, he ranks fifth in the National League with 54 wins and is fourth on the circuit with a .234 opponents’ batting average. LHP Ron Mahay, RHP Ramon Troncoso and RHP Oscar Villarreal will follow Lilly this afternoon.
THE DUKE: Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider will be laid to rest today at a private memorial service after he passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 84. Numerous former Dodger players are expected to be in attendance along with Dodger Owner & Chairman Frank McCourt, GM Ned Colletti and Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully.
A LEGEND: The Dodgers would like to welcome Special Advisor to the Chairman Dr. Frank Jobe to Spring Training. Jobe enters his fourth season in his current role and his 47th season in the Dodger organization. Jobe changed the game of baseball forever when he performed an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction on Tommy John in 1974, extending the pitcher’s career another 14 seasons. Since then, Jobe has performed over 1,000 “Tommy John” surgeries on pitchers of every level, helping to prolong numerous careers.
BRING A PEN: Tomorrow is autograph day at Camelback Ranch – Glendale with players from the Dodgers and White Sox signing at the ballpark from 11:15-11:30 for CR-G season ticket holders and from 11:30-noon for the general public.
- WHAT HAPPENS HERE, STAYS HERE: The Dodgers have announced a renewed partnership with The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) just in time for tomorrow’s 1:05 p.m. showdown with the Cubs at Cashman Field. Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will get the start against the Cubbies with projected Opening Day starters Rod Barajas, Rafael Furcal, Jay Gibbons, Matt Kemp and James Loney expected to make the trip. Sunday marks the Dodgers’ second straight season playing a Spring Training game in Las Vegas and sixth overall appearance (2001-03, 2006, 2010) in the city. The Las Vegas 51s were the farm club of the Dodgers for eight seasons from 2001-08. Sunday’s game will be called by Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully as part of a triple-header featuring the Dodgertown Classic on PRIME TICKET and the regular Spring Training game at Camelback Ranch.
A CASE OF THE MONDAYS: The Dodgers would like to welcome Rick Monday to Camelback Ranch as he opens his 18th season as a Dodger broadcaster and 25th season overall with the organization, including eight as a player. Monday will join Charley Steiner behind the mic for the call of today’s Giants game from Scottsdale on KABC 790. Both of today’s Cactus League contests can be heard back in Los Angeles with the Royals game heard on new Spanish-language broadcaster partner KTNQ 1020.
GONE CAMPING: Registration for the 2011 Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp presented by Kaiser Permanente is now live at www.dodgers.com/camp. The camp, which is open to boys and girls ages 7-12, will feature daily instruction by members of the Major League coaching staff with special guest appearances by current and former Dodger players. Two separate four-day sessions will be offered (July 5-8 and July 25, 26, 27 and 29) with all proceeds benefitting the Dodgers Dream Foundation.
- Winner! DodgerBobble, that is. He won an incredible contest from All About Cards that included 8 unopened boxes of cards. I am so envious. He shows some the cards and records a couple of box breaks.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers have scheduled a Lakers Tribute with a Purple & Gold LA Cap giveaway on April 14 vs. St. Louis prior to the 7:10 p.m. game. The tribute is scheduled to coincide with the start of the NBA playoffs, as the Lakers’ regular season will end on April 13. See the hat below.
- Wow. This is awesome. (Via Rob Neyer)
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- I gotta admit, this is pretty cool. From Panini's 2011 Americana.
- Zach Hample tells us about the invisible ink on Baseballs.
- This is the coolest thing ever. The New York Times created a "rock-paper-scissors" bot to play with. You gotta check it out.
- Holy Moly! Check out this incredibly detailed photo of the sun by Alan Friedman. From Discover Magazine. A bigger version of the pic is here.
- The Appalachian Trail in under 5 minutes