Monday, March 25, 2013

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training: Spring Game 31 | Road Game 15

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.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS (11-16-3) vs. Kansas City Royals (21-6-1)
Monday, March 25, 2013 – 6:05 p.m. | Surprise Stadium
RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Wade Davis (3-0, 1.00)
TV: None | Radio: KLAC

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(pic credit: Puig and Ethier: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013)

SHADES OF BLUE: The Dodgers play the Royals for the third and final time this spring after beating Kansas City, 8-1, on March 15 at Camelback Ranch and losing, 7-2, on March 20 in Surprise. The clubs haven’t met in the regular season since 2005 and the Royals hold a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series.
  • The Dodgers will open the 2013 season against the Giants in just one week, April 1 at Dodger Stadium!
  • Los Angeles continues to lead National League clubs with a .350 on-base percentage and 97 walks this spring. Once on base, the Dodgers have been active on the basepaths, leading the NL with 35 steals.
  • On the mound, Dodger pitchers have struck out a Major League-best 240 batters.
ON THE HILL: Tonight, Zack Greinke will face the Royals, who originally selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. Greinke pitched in Kansas City for seven seasons from 2004-2010, compiling a 60-67 record with a 3.82 ERA and winning the 2009 Cy Young Award, before he was traded to Milwaukee in December 2010. He will make his third start of the spring and his first since March 1 after battling the flu and right elbow inflammation. Greinke last pitched on March 20 in a minor league game, throwing 43 pitches in 4.0 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, hit a batter and struck out two in the outing.
  • Greinke faced the Royals twice last season, allowing just two combined runs in 15.1 innings (1.17 ERA) in a pair of no-decisions.
  • Earlier today, Chris Capuano pitched in a minor league game on the back fields against the Indians. He threw 85 pitches in 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, hitting a batter and striking out 11.
LEADERBOARD: Yasiel Puig went 0-for-2 yesterday, but continues to lead the Majors with a .527 batting average and 29 hits. Puig leads the NL with a .509 on-base percentage and ranks second with an .855 slugging percentage. He also ranks third with 16 runs scored.
  • Dee Gordon leads the NL with seven steals and is tied for fourth in the NL with 10 walks.
  • Clayton Kershaw ranks fourth among NL pitchers with 28 strikeouts and Hyun-Jin Ryu ranks fifth with 23 Ks this spring.
(pic credit: Carl Crawford: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013)

FEELS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY: Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier homered, but the Dodgers fell, 7-4, to Oakland yesterday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.  Josh Beckett, who entered the game with a 0.96 Cactus League ERA, was tagged for seven runs on six hits and three walks in 4.0 innings in a losing effort, but the Dodger bullpen was able to keep it close with Kevin Gregg (1.00 ERA), Ronald Belisario (2.70 ERA), Paco Rodriguez (1.80) and Josh Wall (4.22 ERA) each throwing a scoreless inning of relief.
  • With two hits yesterday (2-for-3), Carl Crawford raised his batting average to .333 (6-for-18) in six games this spring. Crawford played 5.0 innings in the field yesterday without issue and is penciled back in the leadoff spot in left field in Don Mattingly’s lineup tonight.
  • After his home run yesterday, Andre Ethier is also batting .333 (14-for-42) in 17 games this spring with a .417 on-base percentage and a .619 slugging percentage. Of Ethier’s 14 hits, eight have gone for extra bases (five doubles, two triples and a home run).
BIRTHDAY BOY:  The Dodgers would like to wish a very happy 26th birthday to left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu! Ryu has gone 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six games (five starts) in his first Major League Spring Training and is scheduled to make one final tuneup on Thursday against the Angels in Anaheim in the Freeway Series opener.

HOME SICK:  The Dodgers will return to Southern California on Thursday for a split-squad exhibition game at The Epicenter against the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at 6:05 p.m. and a contest against the Angels in Anaheim for the first game of the three-game exhibition Freeway Series set for 7:05 p.m. at Angel Stadium. The Freeway Series continues Friday with a 7:10 p.m. game at Dodger Stadium and wraps up Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. game in Anaheim.
  • The split squad of Dodgers heading to Rancho Cucamonga, headlined by Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz, will be managed by Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda. Tickets to the exhibition game can be purchased at

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Blog Kiosk: 3/25/2013

Yasiel Puig signs for some enterprising kids.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/ LA DOdgers 2013.
"It's not about expectations, the payroll. We should want to win it. Hey, there have been expectations on them as young men way before now. They were probably the best in high school, in the college they went to. Expectations? I love it. Because it reminds me of the old Dodgers, the old Lakers. I told them, `You all had pressure. We had it too. We loved it.' I'd rather have that than no expectations."
“I call them the Ellis brothers – and I just talked to them too about this same thing. The intensity they bring every night, they’re leaders,” Johnson said “That becomes infectious to the other guys.”
Chief among the improvements are the new scoreboards, both on the walls and above the pavilions in right and left field. But Kasten said there are improvements on every level, and that a full list will be provided in the coming week.
  • True to the Blue takes a closer look at the soon to be released Clayton Kershaw McFarlane figurine.  It will be released in May.
  • Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports tells us that the WBC will be picking up some of Hanley Ramirez's salary since he was injured during tournament play.
  • Below is another video from Stadium Bound featuring a closer look at the renovations at Dodger Stadium.
SATURDAY 3-23-13: Dodger Stadium renovations in progress - close-ups of some of the construction details - Installing the expensive seats behind the dugout, putting the trim on the giant video screen, spreading out and leveling the red warning track dirt, sanding, painting, pouring concrete, etc. 
See another video I posted yesterday that provides a more expansive view, here.

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2013 Topps Baseball Stickers is Here - See the Dodgers' Cards

The most affordable Topps Baseball product of the year has officially been released.  It is 2013 Topps Stickers, and they should be available everywhere.  A pack of 8 stickers should cost about $1.00.  There are 10 Dodgers in the set (including a team logo sticker), but only 9 of them are available in packs.  The final card (of Andre Ethier) is available only on a perforated sheet located within the sticker album.  See all of the Dodgers stickers you can get below.

#244 Sandy Koufax                             #245 Brandon League

#246 Matt Kemp                                     #247 Hanley Ramirez

#248 Clayton Kershaw                              #249 Adrian Gonzalez 
#250 Carl Crawford                                       #251 Josh Beckett 

As indicated above, the Andre Ethier is on the initial checklist, but his sticker is not available in hobby packs. It is only available in the perforated sheets located within the sticker album.

#252 Andre Ethier

Below is the team logo sticker.

#289/315 Los Angeles Dodgers/ Angels Dual Team Sticker

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