Monday, March 16, 2015

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training: Spring Game 14 / Home Game 7

Throughout Spring Training the Dodgers PR department sends out helpful daily notes from Camelback Ranch, and I am happy to pass them along.  See what they've written below.

Oakland Athletics (9-5-1) at Los Angeles Dodgers (7-2-4)
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 1:05 p.m. MT | Camelback Ranch

RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 9.00) vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (2-0, 1.80)  
TV: SNLA Radio: None

(Big Dodger Heads, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015)

STAY HOT: The Dodgers improved to 7-2-4 yesterday after defeating the Mariners in Peoria, 5-2. The club’s .778 winning percentage is currently the best in the Cactus League. Today, Los Angeles meets the A’s for the first of two contests this spring, with the other tilt coming this Friday in Mesa. The clubs will square off in a pair of two separate two-game series this season, with the first coming July 28-29 at Dodger Stadium and the finale is Aug. 18-19 in Oakland. FYI—It’s exactly three weeks until Opening Day!
  • Yesterday, the Dodgers flashed some pop, collecting four doubles and a homer in the victory over Seattle. Darwin Barney belted a two-run shot while both Howie Kendrick and Carl Crawford went 2-for-3 with an RBI. On the mound, Clayton Kershaw picked up his second Cactus League victory after yielding one run in 3.1 innings and three hurlers tossed scoreless baseball: Chin-hui Tsao (1.2 IP), Sergio Santos (1.0) and Adam Liberatore (1.0).

MAKING JACKIE PROUD: Major League Baseball announced today that the Dodgers will play host to the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day, Wednesday, April 15.  It will mark the first time that Baseball’s tribute to civil rights leaders and figures will be held in conjunction with its annual commemoration of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day will air nationally on ESPN2, with coverage scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. PT. The Civil Rights Game was developed by MLB to pay tribute to the spirit of the civil rights movement and to honor those who embodied the struggle for equal rights for all Americans. This is the first Civil Rights Game hosted by the Dodgers and second one they have played in (2012), while this will be the first overall for the Mariners.
(Clayton Kershaw, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015)

G’DAY MATE: On this date last year, the Dodgers broke camp at Camelback Ranch and traveled to Sydney, Australia, for MLB’s Opening Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Los Angeles won both games down under, before returning home for their “domestic” season opener in San Diego.  Check out all of my past blog post about the Australian games here.

THE COMMISH: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred visited Dodger camp this morning and briefly addressed the squad during the morning meeting. Manfred will stay for the game and visit with Dodger TV and radio broadcaster Charley Steiner and Senior Advisor to the President Ned Colletti. Colletti will be in the booth with Steiner the next three games.   

ON THE MOUND: Right-hander Zack Greinke will make his second start of the spring today after giving up two runs on two hits in 2.0 innings pitched. Greinke won his first career Gold Glove Award in 2014, committing just one error in 59 total chances (.983 fielding percentage).
  • LHP David Huff is expected to make his third appearance of the spring today. Through two Cactus League appearances, Huff has tossed 3.2 scoreless innings, surrendering only two hits and striking out four.
  • LHP Daniel Coulombe is also expected to see action today. Coulombe has held opposing hitters to a .100 batting average this spring, allowing only one hit in 3.0 innings.
  • Veteran RHP Chad Gaudin will make his third Cactus League appearance today after picking up the save in Thursday’s win over the Padres. Gaudin has recorded five strikeouts and has yet to allow a run in 3.0 innings of work this spring.
  • RHP Chris Hatcher will make his fourth appearance of the spring today. In his first three Cactus League appearances this spring, Hatcher has tossed three scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and holding opposing hitters to a .231 batting average.
  • 24-year-old RHP Yimi Garcia will see action today, for the fourth time this spring. Garcia has held opposing hitters to a .091 batting average in 3.1 scoreless innings.
  • RHP Joel Peralta is expected to make his second Cactus League appearance today. Peralta allowed one run and two hits in 1.0 inning of relief in Friday’s 3-3 tie with the Reds.

STUDS: Los Angeles pitching has been terrific so far this spring, as the club has combined to post a 2.87 ERA and limit opposing hitters to a .210 batting average, striking out 90 and walking just 28 in 116.0 innings. The 2.87 mark ranks second among NL clubs, trailing just Cincinnati (2.66).

TEXAS TWO STEP: The countdown is on to Big League Weekend, with the Dodgers taking on the Rangers Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome in San Antonio! Erik Bedard and Zack Greinke are expected to start the two San Antonio exhibition games for the Dodgers, with a roster that includes Yasmani Grandal, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, and Joc Pederson.

BRANDON’S BDAY: The Dodgers would like to wish a very happy 32nd birthday to Brandon League. League is getting an injection in his shoulder today to try to resolve his soreness. He last pitched on March 9.
(Agon & Puig, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015)

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