Saturday, March 24, 2012 – 1:05 p.m., Camelback Ranch - Glendale
RHP Derek Lowe vs. LHP Chris Capuano
Spring Game 22/Home Game 10
Todays Starting Lineup:
Dodgers: Gordon 6, M Ellis 4, Kemp 8, Ethier 9, Rivera 7, Loney 3, Uribe 5, AJ Ellis 2, Capuano 1Upcoming Spring Training Schedule:
Indians: Donald SS, Kipnis 2B, Cabrera DH, LaPorta LF, Kotchman 1B, LaRoche 3B, Spilborghs CF, Cunningham RF, Marson C with Lowe P
HOME SWEET HOME: The Dodgers battle the Indians for the second and final time this spring after dropping a 4-3 decision in Goodyear on Monday. Former Dodger Derek Lowe, who went 54-48 with a 3.59 ERA in 137 games (135 starts) with the Dodgers from 2005-08, will get the start for the Tribe this afternoon. The two teams have not played in the regular season since 2008 with Los Angeles holding a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series.
TIP YOUR CAP: Dodger left-hander Chris Capuano will make his fourth start of the spring today after allowing one run on two hits in 4.0 innings on Sunday against the Angels. The 33-year-old has 10 strikeouts in 8.2 innings this spring and has limited opposing hitters to a .188 batting average (6-for-32). He will be followed to the mound by:
● RHP Jamey Wright pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in his Wednesday start against the Padres and has not allowed an earned run in his last three outings (4.0 IP).
● RHP Mike MacDougal last pitched on Wednesday and fired a scoreless inning against the Padres. MacDougal has tossed scoreless relief in four of his five appearances this spring.
● RHP Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Wednesday against the Padres and has tossed scoreless relief in four of his five appearances. Jansen has limited opposing hitters to a .222 batting average (4-for-18) this spring with five strikeouts.
● RHP Todd Coffey allowed three runs on four hits in his 1.0 inning of relief on Wednesday against San Diego. He’s allowed runs in each of his last two appearances after striking out three and not allowing a baserunner in his first two outings this spring.
● LHP John Grabow has not allowed a run in five appearances this spring (5.2 IP), while limiting opposing hitters to a .211 batting average (4-for-19). Grabow last pitched on Wednesday with a scoreless inning against San Diego.
(Matt Kemp, Pic via Jon SooHoo/ LA Dodgers 2012)
DREAMING BIG: Earlier today, the Dodgers Dream Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, unveiled a new Dodgers Dreamfield at Harbor City Recreation Center. Since the beginning of 2011, the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the LA84 Foundation have created 12 new Dodgers Dreamfields in the greater Los Angeles area, increasing the total number of Dreamfields to 21. The dedication was followed by a clinic led by Dodger alumni Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Bill Russell and Derrel Thomas.
DOWN BY THE RIVER: Over on the minor league side, RHP Ronald Belisario, RHP Angel Guzman and LHP Wilfredo Ledezma will pitch in a minor league game against White Sox farmhands. Jerry Sands and Tony Gwynn Jr. will also be participating in minor league games this afternoon to pick up extra at-bats.
SPLITSVILLE: The Dodgers split a pair of games yesterday with a 17-4 win over the White Sox in Tucson and a 2-0 loss to the Royals in Surprise:
● The Los Angeles offense erupted for 23 hits in the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation benefit game in Tucson, including Matt Kemp’s solo home run in the third inning. Nathan Eovaldi lowered his ERA to 0.84 with 3.0 scoreless innings in his third start (fourth game).
● It was a different story in Surprise as the Dodgers were held to just four hits by the Royals. Aaron Harang pitched well in defeat, allowing just one run in 5.0 innings.
(Pic via Jon SooHoo/ LA Dodgers 2012)
- THE CHAMPS ARE HERE: Prior to today’s game, the Dodgers will present 51 championship rings to Manager Jody Reed and members of the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers, who posted a 34-22 record and beat the Giants, 4-2, in a one-game championship showdown to win the league title. It was the first championship for a Dodger minor league team since Jacksonville won the Southern League title in 2005. Dodger Manager Don Mattingly helped present the rings, which are made of sterling silver with a raised “LA” logo on the ring’s face.
GIVING BACK: Earlier today, Dodger All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier joined New Balance and the Going to Bat Foundation in presenting the Camelback High School Varsity baseball team with new uniforms and spikes. As part of their partnership, New Balance will also support Ethier’s charitable efforts in Los Angeles with the Union Rescue Mission.
CONGRATS TOMMY: Special Advisor to the Chairman and Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda will be honored at a gala in Manhattan Beach tonight by the Toberman Youth Center. Lasorda, along with World War II hero Louis Zamperini, will receive their Character & Courage Award as they honor leaders from the Greatest Generation with the goal of teaching those virtues in future generations. Lasorda agreed to be honored at the request of Bill and Joyce Sharman, who work closely with the youth center.