Check out this list of new baseball books (principally Dodgers content, but not all) compiled by Howard Cole over at LA Weekly. I see a couple I’d like to own and more I’d like to read.
Giants at Dodgers, 1:10pm, Bumgarner against Maholm. TV, Southern California: Sports Net LA, Fox Sports 1; Northern California: CSN-BA
Bumgarner’s first start was pretty bad, although he came out with no decision and a 0.00 ERA. He lasted four innings and gave up four runs, all unearned. This will be Maholm’s first appearance of the season.
#Dodgers lineup vs. Giants: Puig RF Turner 2B Ramirez SS Gonzalez 1B Kemp CF Van Slyke LF Uribe 3B Ellis C Maholm P
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 5, 2014
Today is the home opener for the Dodgers, and it’s against their fellow migrants from New York, the San Francisco Giants, also known as “the hated enemy.”
First, we get the news that Matt Kemp will start in center field. Second, we learn that that was not the original plan, but that Mattingly changed the lineup to try to get the message across to Yasiel Puig that being late costs playing time.
It’s Ryu v. Vogelsong at 1:10PM PST on SPNLA or in Northern California on CSN-BA.
Due to a quirk in the schedule, this will be Ryu’s third start in five games, all on normal or better rest.
Paul Maholm and Zack Greinke will start Saturday and Sunday for the Dodgers, while rehabbing right-hander Josh Beckett will pitch in a Minor League game Friday.
Maholm was signed to be insurance if fifth starter Beckett wasn’t fully healed from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Beckett’s recovery, however, was complicated by a bruised right hand suffered in the clubhouse in Spring Training. This will be Maholm’s first start of the season.
Beckett will pitch for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Greinke, who pitched five innings for a win Tuesday, will be pitching on normal rest.
#Dodgers updated lineup: Crawford LF Kemp CF Ramirez SS Gonzalez 1B Uribe 3B Ethier RF Ellis C Gordon 2B Ryu P
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 4, 2014
Update: According to SI, “Puig thought he was supposed to be at the park at 10 AM PT, when he was actually supposed to be there in time for a stretch at 9:40 AM.” Okay, that’s a lot less annoying than I thought it might be. I was expecting that he’d underestimated traffic and hadn’t left his home on time, which in my world is unacceptable (I’m ten minutes early for everything).
Dodgers v. Padres at Petco Park, on SPNLA TV at 7:10PM PST. The Dodgers send out Dan Haren for his first start for his new team in 2014 while the Padres send out Tyson Ross, a 26-year-old in his second year with San Diego.
#Dodgers lineup at Padres: Crawford LF Puig RF Ramirez SS Gonzalez 1B Ethier CF Uribe 3B Ellis C Gordon 2B Haren P
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 2, 2014
In other news, the Dodgers claimed infielder Carlos Triunfel off waivers from Seattle. They’ve optioned him to Albuquerque. You may well ask why they need another middle infielder and shortstop, what with Hanley Ramirez, Corey Seager, Alex Guerrero (being moved to second base) and Erisbel Arruebarrena already on board.
Dodgers at Padres, 3:40PM PST, TV: In LA, SportsNet LA. In San Diego, FSSD, FOX Deportes San Diego. Greinke v. Kennedy.
#Dodgers lineup at Padres: Crawford LF Puig RF Ramirez SS Gonzalez 1B Ethier CF Uribe 3B Ellis C Gordon 2B Greinke RHP
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 1, 2014
The middle of the Dodgers’ lineup has not yet begun to hit. Hanley Ramirez is hitting .091. Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .111. Andre Ethier is at .167. Anybody worried?
Update: Disappointing news about Kershaw from the pregame show: after an examination by Dr. Neal ElAttrache earlier today, his injury is “more serious” than previously thought. He may not be allowed to pitch for another two or three weeks.
Well, that stinks.
Justin Turner, earlier today:
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) March 30, 2014
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 30, 2014
And away we go!
#Dodgers lineup in Anaheim: Puig RF Crawford DH Ramirez SS Gonzalez 1B Van Slyke LF Uribe 3B Ethier CF Turner 2B Ellis C Haren RHP
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 29, 2014
Haren faces Tyler Skaggs, a 23-year-old lefty.
Update: Much more important than this game, news came this afternoon that Kershaw has been placed on the 15-day Disabled List effective March 23.
the Dodgers are making no promises about when he will pitch again. Mainly, because there is little urgency in the season’s first few weeks given the spate of off-days, and because they want to remain ultra-conservative and make sure Kershaw is right when he returns.
Tests earlier this week showed the strained upper back muscle, behind his left shoulder. Mattingly said he does not know of any more tests scheduled as of now.
“We know what it is,” he said. “We’re not concerned that he’s going to do any damage to it.”
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 28, 2014
No lineup yet.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 28, 2014
It’s a free game on MLB.tv tonight and it’s on the Angels’ Fox Sports West network as well. Tomorrow’s game in Anaheim is on SPNLA. Sunday’s game against the Padres is on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
Angels at Dodgers, Santiago v. Greinke, 7:00PM PST. It’s the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day, also on FSW and SPNLA.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 27, 2014
Update: Greinke and Hanley Ramirez looked ready for the season in a 7 – 5 loss. Unfortunately, Jose Dominguez came in for the seventh inning and didn’t have anything, giving up four runs while retiring only one hitter.
Game Two of the Freeway Series is tomorrow.
After last night’s win, tonight it will be Hyun-Jin Ryu v. Trevor Cahill in Game Two of the Opening Series (as MLB’s calling it). Game time is 1:00PM local in Sydney, 4:00PM in Hawai’i and 7:00PM PST. There’s no official word about the lineup yet.
Light a candle for Uribear today; it’s his birthday. Think good LA traffic thoughts for our friend John_from_Aus too; he’s got a 3 1/2 hour drive from his home south of Canberra to Sydney.
Now there’s a lineup:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 22, 2014