- The Mayor (whose pic is above) follows up with a story about Lilly.
“I think they want to win,” Lilly said of the Dodgers’ recent addition of infielder Hanley Ramirez and the notion that more help is likely on the way.
“To a degree, you kinda have to spend a little bit of money – or what you do spend, you have to spend as wisely as possible and hope that things turn out the way that you expect. There have been successful clubs out there that don’t spend a lot of money. But, they’re few and far between. So, fortunately, with the new ownership group we do have a little bit of leeway, where we can take some risks and be aggressive.”
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, Luis Cruz brings consistency to Dodgers.
"He's not Ozzie Smith at shortstop, but if he gets his glove on the ball, he catches it and throws them out," said manager Don Mattingly. "He's stabilized the position and swung the bat well."
- Check out Left Field Pavilions great graphic celebrating the Dodgers first back-to-back shutout games against the Giants at their home since 1957.
- Former Brooklyn Dodger Ed Stevens passed away last week- RIP. Check out Nick Diunte's of Examiner.com story about his life and career. Check out a 1947 Tip Top Bread card of Stevens on the right.
Leaving spring training in Havana in 1947, Leo Durocher had penciled him in as their opening day starter, beating out five other first baseman in the process. Left with little time to glow in the fruits of his hard work, Stevens’ jubilee would quickly turn sour as the day before the season opener, Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey announced that Jackie Robinson, not Stevens would be their opening day first baseman. Not only was Stevens about to witness Robinson break baseball’s color line, he also saw his position wither away right in front of his eyes.
- Via Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times, James Loney is heating up.
With only two games left in July, he’s hit .328 this month with a .391 slugging percentage. He’s no doubt benefited some from being in a semi-platoon with Juan Rivera at first and he’s no one’s concept of an ideal first baseman, but he has been productive. And he is still excellent defensively.
- Steven at Zim's Autographs went to the Quakes game where Rubby De La Rosa and Ted Lilly pitched on rehab assignments and got a bunch of autographs; including Rubby and Ted.
- Even the Stanley Cup has Olympic fever. Pic via twitter @kepperofthecup shows Kings captain Dustin Brown doing some shopping. Then check out a great story about Brown's day with the cup, via Scott Burnside of ESPN.
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