Check out all the great Dodgers in attendance for this past Saturday's Old-Timers Game, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014. Check more pics from Jon here.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Mattingly calls for cooler heads to prevail."
"Guys play with emotion, and that can get on your nerves," said Mattingly. "Gomez plays with a lot of fire, and it rubs people the wrong way. Every team has guys that bug you. It's just the way it is. Puig is a guy on our team, he draws as much attention as anybody. But it's a little silly. You can still be respectful of your opponent and carry yourself with class.
"I do think we have to loosen up a bit or there will be more and more times that guys take offense. I'm not talking about the Giants. It's all around baseball."
- Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider has a nice rundown on this past weekends Old-Timers Game. Jon Weisman also shared some video highlights.
- Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA, "Scott Van Slyke – The Dodgers Jack-of-all-trades."
“He’s here really to punish left-handers,” said Mattingly prior to Friday night’s game against the Giants. “Right now, that’s what he’s doing. That’s his job really, to hit left-handed pitching.”
- Ken Gurnick at MLB.com writes, "Dodgers fete Honorary Bat Girl on Mother's Day."
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Don Mattingly confident in Matt Kemp's defense."
"I don't think there are any areas [that he's limited]. His speed is coming, his burst is back with stolen bases. For us it's just continuing to stay out there. We're seeing him get better and better at the plate," Mattingly said. "Obviously we want him to continue to work on his jumps and breaks in center field."
- Via Lyle Spencer at MLB.com, "Dodgers aren't panicking about NL West race."
"It's a long season," (Kenley) Jansen said. "We're going to be successful, no matter what it looks like now. We just haven't put it all together yet. We're all confident we will."
- Via Daniel Brim at Dodgers Digest, "Dan Haren’s Strikeout Problem."
(D)espite Haren’s good numbers, there are some things to be worried about. His velocity is significantly down from last season and he might be dealing with back problems. As a result of the reduced velocity, perhaps, Haren’s swinging strike rate is down by a significant amount.
- David Golebiewski at the Daily Gammons then makes note that Haren has given up fewer home runs this season, as well.
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