Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 7/20/2016 - Dodgers Links - Verdugo, Utley, Ryu and Kazmir

Scott Kazmir not only battled the Nationals last night, he also struggled against cramps that creeped up on him in the fifth inning.  Fortunately, neither was a match for veteran pitcher.  Per Doug Padilla at ESPN:
“I think I drank everything pretty much under the sun: pickle juice, some mustard,” Kazmir said. “I think I had some of that on my face the next half-inning. But it was a lot of stuff that actually worked, so I was good after that.”
While on the mound Kazmir went seven innings, gave up four hits, one earned run and struck out eight batters.  Per Alex Putterman at
"Kaz has a lot of fight in him, and with what we're going through, guys have got to step up," manager Dave Roberts said. "And today was a great outing by Kaz. Everything was working. He had command of everything."
Photos above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 1906 Brooklyn pitcher Mal Eason throws a no-hitter against the Cardinals in St. Louis, 2-0.  In 1925 Brooklyn ace Dazzy Vance records 17 strike outs against the Chicago Cubs in a ten inning game.  In 1970 Bill Singer throws a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. 
  • Happy Birthday, Charles Johnson and Heinie Manush!
  • Brad Mangin shares on his blog a bunch of great photos of Mike Piazza from throughout the years.  Go here to check them out.  He even includes pics of him as an Albuquerque Duke.
  • ICYMI:  Both Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow tendonitis) and Casey Fien have been placed on the 15-day DL.  Joc Pederson and Luis Avilan have been called back up to replace them on the roster.  Andy McCullough, on twitter, adds more:

  • To add even more misery.  Clayton Kershaw has been shut down due to back discomfort, via ESPN
  • Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Dodgers to give teenager Julio Urias another big league stint." 
“After that, we don’t know what the plan is for Julio, but we’re looking forward to him making that start on Thursday,” manager Dave Roberts said.
  • Via Troy Schulte at; "Texas notes: Verdugo blossoming in Tulsa: Dodgers No. 6 prospect thriving in third season as full-time outfielder."
Verdugo said how he prepares is the key.

"It's about coming to the field every day and having the same routine and sticking with it," he said. "Then, when the game comes, it's just about having a plan and executing it. If the pitcher makes a mistake, you just have to execute and take advantage."
  • I very much enjoyed this story.  Via Nick at Dime Boxes; "Let's go to the mall."  He takes a closer look at a couple late-80's minor league Baseball card sets featuring the ballplayers posing inside a local mall.  I too can't believe I've never seen these before.
  • Via Mary Johnson at BizJournals; "How Alyssa Milano disrupted the business of fan apparel."  Apparently, it all started at Dodger Stadium.
She was at a game. She got cold. She slipped out of her seat and headed to the stadium shop to find a sweatshirt, a hoodie, something to warm her up.

But when she walked into the shop, she couldn’t find anything for women that wasn’t pink.

“And I’m really offended by the pink, being a huge sports fan. I just didn’t understand why there was nothing in the team colors and everything looked like the cuts were cut for kids,” Milano said during the Sports Business Journal’s Game Changers conference in New York City, celebrating the women in sports business.

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