Thursday, March 17, 2016

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training: Spring Game 16/Home Game 8

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.
Kansas City Royals (7-10) vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (10-3-2)
Thursday, March 17, 2016 – 1:05 p.m. MT | Camelback Ranch
RHP Kris Medlen (0-1, 5.40) vs. LHP Alex Wood (0-1, 9.00)
TV: None Radio: AM 570 (English)
(Kiké Hernandez, pic via @Dodgers on twitter)

(Pic via @Dodgers on twitter)
GET YOUR GREEN ON: The Dodgers, winners of four of their last five games, take on the World Champion Kansas City Royals today at Camelback Ranch in the first of two Cactus League meetings between the clubs. Yesterday, Los Angeles improved to 10-3-2, tied for the second-best record of any MLB team this spring, with a 7-3 win over the Rockies. Yasiel Puig hit his first homer of the spring and Shawn Zarraga went 2-for-2 with an RBI to raise his batting average to .533. On the mound, Zach Lee allowed one run in 3.0 innings in his third start of the spring and Julio Urias picked up the win in relief.
  • In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Dodgers will wear special green hats and jerseys with green script for today’s game.
  • (Zach Lee, pic via @Dodgers on twitter)
  • The Dodgers and Royals last met during the regular season in 2014 in Kansas City, when Los Angeles took two of three games. Kansas City holds a 4-5 advantage in the all-time series.
O’FFENSE: The Dodger offense has been clicking on all cylinders this spring, ranking second among NL clubs with a .292 batting average, a .361 on-base percentage and a .498 slugging percentage. Individually, Scott Van Slyke ranks among the NL’s best in average (.385, T-5th), home runs (3, T-6th), on-base percentage (.484, 4th) and slugging percentage (.808, 5th), while Austin Barnes and Rob Segedin are tied for second with four Spring Training homers.
(Puig's Home Run Trot, pic via @Dodgers on twitter)

LUCK OF THE IRISH: Good luck to Adrian Gonzalez and Team Mexico in their WBC qualifier tonight against the Czech Republic! Dodger great Fernando Valenzuela, who served as a pitching coach for Team Mexico in the 2006, 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic tournaments, will throw a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game in Mexicali.

MARCH MADNESS: There’s always buzz in camp for the start of the NCAA basketball tournament, but more so this year with many of the players’ schools making the field of 68. A.J. Ellis’ Austin Peay Governors and Chris Hatcher’s UNC Wilmington Seahawks will look to be this year’s Cinderella squads against powerhouses Kansas and Duke, respectively, while Yasmani Grandal’s Miami Hurricanes, Micah Johnson’s Indiana Hoosiers, Ross Stripling’s Texas A&M Aggies, Joe Blanton’s Kentucky Wildcats, Ian Thomas’ VCU Rams and J.P. Howell’s Texas Longhorns hope for deep tournament runs.
(Dodgers St. Patrick's Cap, pic via David Vassegh on twitter)

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