Monday, March 26, 2012

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training- Game 24

Throughout Spring Training the Dodgers PR department sends out helpful daily notes from Camelback Ranch, and I am happy to pass them along.

Chicago White Sox (10-12) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (11-8-4)

Monday, March 26, 2012 – 1:05 p.m., Camelback Ranch - Glendale

LHP John Danks vs. RHP Chad Billingsley

Spring Game 24/Home Game 12



Todays Starting Lineup:
Dodgers: SS, M Ellis 2B, CF, Rivera 1B, Ethier RF, Sands LF, Uribe 3B, Treanor C, Billingsley P
White Sox: De Aza cf, Morel 3b, Rios rf, Konerko 1b, Dunn dh, Ramirez ss, Flowers c, Viciedo lf, Beckham 2b, Danks 1
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(Matt Kemp, pic via instagram @KeMvP_27)
  • ONE-UP THE NEIGHBORS: The Dodgers will square off with the Chicago White Sox for the fourth time this spring and, so far, it has been all Dodgers. Los Angeles is 3-0 against Chicago this spring, including Friday’s 17-4 victory in Tucson. The Dodgers will play the White Sox for the final time this March on Thursday, but the two squads will meet again during the regular season from June 15-17 at Dodger Stadium.

  • SPRING WORKHORSE: Dodger starter Chad Billingsley will make his team-leading fifth start of the Cactus League slate this afternoon and thus far owns a record of 0-0 and a 4.97 ERA (7 ER/12.2 IP). The Ohio native’s last outing was Tuesday, March 20 against the Brewers, when he gave up three runs over 4.2 innings. All five of Billingsley’s starts have been at Camelback Ranch. He’ll be followed to the mound by:

    ● LHP Scott Elbert has allowed runs in two consecutive outings, which has ballooned his spring ERA to 5.40 (3 ER/5.0 IP). Today will mark his sixth appearance this month. Last year, Elbert limited lefthanders to a .191 batting average (13-for-68) and no home runs.

    ● RHP Javy Guerra will make his first appearance since firing a scoreless inning on Friday in Surprise. Guerra has allowed just one run (a solo homer) in five outings this spring (1.93 ERA). The Texas native has held the opposition to a .188 (3-for-16) batting average this spring.

    ● RHP Ronald Belisario was reinstated from the restricted list and placed back on the 40-man roster Thursday. The native of Venezuela has allowed three runs in 4.0 innings this spring, but tossed a scoreless inning in his last Cactus League outing on March 17.

    ● RHP Jamey Wright will tie Josh Lindblom this afternoon for the most games by a pitcher this spring with seven. The 17-year veteran hurler and non-roster invitee has posted a 2.25 ERA (2 ER/8.0 IP) and last pitched on Saturday vs. Cleveland, when he recorded the save with a perfect ninth inning.

(Los Angeles Dodgers Tim Wallach and Dave Hansen pose with ex-Dodgers now Milwaukee Brewers John Shelby and Ron Roenicke Sunday, March 25, 2012 in Maryvale,Arizona. © Jon SooHoo/ Los Angeles Dodgers)

  • NOT-SO MARYVALE: Yesterday, the Dodgers were held to three hits and fell to the Brewers in Maryvale, 7-1. Dodger starter Clayton Kershaw took the loss, dropping his spring record to 2-2. The left-hander allowed just two runs over 6.0 innings and his Cactus League ERA is now 1.47. At the plate, Cory Sullivan went 1-for-1 and Jerry Hairston Jr. was 2-for-3, raising his spring average to .357.

  • DOUBLE TROUBLE: Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier has seven doubles on the spring season, tying him with Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison and Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart for the National League lead. His 30 total bases are tied for eighth among National Leaguers and his 10 RBI lead the team and are tied for 10th in the NL.

  • HAPPY HAPPY: The Dodgers would like to wish a very happy birthday to Special Assistant, Baseball Operations Jose Vizcaino. “Vizzy” turns 44 today and is beginning his fifth season in the Dodger front office, following an 18-year playing career that started when he was signed by the Dodgers at 17. Vizcaino’s game-winning single for the Yankees in the 12th inning of the 2000 World Series, ended the then longest World Series game in history.

(Clayton Kershaw, pic via Jon SooHoo/ LA Dodgers 2012)

  • SPEE-DEE: Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday’s win for his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. After getting the day off yesterday, Gordon will be back atop the Dodger lineup today and ranks among the National League leaders in batting average (.415, 3rd), runs scored (12, T-1st), steals (8, 2nd) and on-base percentage (.489, 3rd) in 15 games this spring.
  • GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Dodgers are 11-8-4 this spring, which is the fifth-best record in the Cactus League, and have been one of the National League’s best offensive teams despite their three-hit attack at Maryvale yesterday. Among National League squads, Los Angeles ranks fifth in team batting average (.282), third in on-base percentage (.353) and has posted the fifth-highest slugging percentage (.439). The Dodgers have also fared well on the mound with their 3.59 team ERA ranking fourth in the NL.

  • ON THE BACK FIELDS: Dodger reliever Matt Guerrier will toss an inning in a minor league contest vs. the Reds’ minor leaguers this afternoon. Guerrier has been hampered with a back injury and last pitched on March 11 vs. the Cubs. The Ohio native has made two appearances this spring without allowing a run or hit.

Joe Judge: He's A Dodger Now

I love having a chance to gaze at vintage press photos of Brooklyn Dodgers. They provide a great connection to the past while often informing us of a history that has long since past us by. At the time many of these recorded events were relevant, but after 70 years they proved to be easily forgotten.

For instance, check out the below two press photos heralding the return of cherished son and Brooklyn born first baseman Joe Judge. After a 18 year career as a dependable and consistent player for Washington he can now go home. As the press photo type says; "He's a Dodger now."
Original 1st Generation, Type 1, "Associated Press" Press Photo with descriptor dated Jan 27, 1933. The descriptor reads: "HE'S A DODGER NOW. Joe Judge, veteran first baseman for the Washington Senators, shown in a Dodger uniform covering his old bag at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.. Recently given his release by the Senators, Joe was taken up by the Dodgers and will appear with the Brooklyn team this spring. He signed his contract in New York, Jan. 27."
He was well past his prime, so it's doubtful much was really expected of the veteran.

At 39 years old (his age at the time of these photos), Joe Judge came to the Dodgers with the hoopla of a lost son.
Original 1st Generation, Type 1, "Associated Press" Press Photo with descriptor dated Jan 27, 1933. The descriptor reads: "HE'S A DODGER NOW. Joe Judge, veteran first baseman for the Washington Senators, shown in a Dodger uniform covering his old bag at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.. Recently given his release by the Senators, Joe was taken up by the Dodgers and will appear with the Brooklyn team this spring. He signed his contract in New York, Jan. 27."
Unfortunately, Joe wouldn't last a full season in Brooklyn. He had the worst year of his career with us; hitting just .214 in 112 at-bats. Soon he was released mid-season and signed on with the Boston Red Sox. While in Boston Judge showed that he still had something left the tank and finished his career batting .301 for them.
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