Saturday, July 16, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 7/16/2016 - Dodgers Links - Ethier, Thompson and Chris Taylor's Big Night

Chris Taylor had a heck of a game last night.  The young infielder went 3 for 5 with a double, triple, grand slam, for his first career home run and six RBI's.  Per Ken Gurnick at
Taylor became the first Los Angeles Dodger, and only the fourth in franchise history, whose first Major League home run was a grand slam. The others are Chico Fernandez (1956), Irv Palica (1950) and Preston Ward (1948).

"That's pretty cool, that's awesome," Taylor said.
In eight inning of the game Chris came up to the plate with an opportunity to record an elusive cycle.  He was just a single short.  The last time a Dodger had done it was Orlando Hudson in 2009 against the Giants in the home opener.  Having proven his muscle with the bat Taylor attempted to sneak a bunt single past the deep infield on the left side.  Unfortunately, he just missed getting it past a sprawling pitcher, who eventually threw him out.
"I thought it was a good time," said Taylor. "They had the third baseman back and it's always been part of my game, regardless of the hits. In that situation again, I'd try it again. Unfortunately I didn't have good angle and the pitcher made a nice play."
The photos above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016Go here to check out a bunch of more pics by Jon from yesterdays game.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History: In 1948 Brooklyn released their manager, Leo Durocher, so that he may become the skipper for the Giants.  Burt Shotten would take over the managerial sport for Brooklyn.
  • Via a press release from PBS, the "Jackie Robinson" documentary recently released by Ken Burns received two Emmy nominations: for Outstanding Narrator and Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program.
  • Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "Thompson heads to DL, Zach Walters recalled."
Trayce Thompson, who hasn’t been able to shake a lower back irritation despite the All-Star Break, has become the 20th Dodger to go on the disabled list this season (retroactive to July 10).
  • Via Ken Gurnick at; "Ethier healthy enough to ramp up workouts: Dodgers outfielder's broken right leg not completely healed; no timetable for return."
"We'll monitor, but ramp him up and see where it takes us," Roberts said after being briefed on the findings of a bone scan taken earlier in the day.

"Because it's not healed completely, we really don't have a timetable. It'll be healed at some point, but this season to hope and expect it to be pain-free is something that's maybe too optimistic. Andre wants to be back and he'll do whatever he can to be back."
  • Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Clayton Kershaw set for 60-pitch simulated game."
    Both Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood are scheduled to throw 60-pitch simulated games at Dodger Stadium on Saturday against hitters who will be called in from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. That means both could return from the disabled list soon, although Kershaw figures to be back sooner since the Dodgers don’t think the staff ace will need a minor league rehab assignment.

    “I just think that for him, to see live hitters, he hasn’t been gone that long, and I think that for him, if the arm strength is still there, which we assume it is and Clayton has confirmed with us, then there is really no need to go on an assignment,” manager Dave Roberts said.
  • Via Extra Mustard; "Pokemon Go are popping up in stadiums all over the country."  This includes Dodger Stadium.  Check out the below tweet I ran into:

  • Blowout Buzz shares a bunch of preview pics of Topps 2016 Bowman's Best set; including the Kenta Maeda and Julio Urias cards below.  Go here to check out more. This set is scheduled to be released in late December.

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