Freeway Series Starts Tonight

June 11, 2012

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The Dodgers host the Angels in the first Freeway Series of 2012.  The Angels will make the 31 mile trek to Los Angeles in hopes of extending their winning streak of two games.  Out of the 86 regular season games between the two clubs, the Angels have won 50 for a winning percentage of .581, a continuing thorn in the side for the Dodgers.

Juan Rivera and Bobby Abreu are just two of a long list of players who have been a member of both teams.  That list includes Hall of Famers Don Sutton, Hoyt Wilhelm, Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray and Rickey Henderson.  In addition to Dodger fan favorite Mike Scioscia, former Dodgers Gene Mauch, Dick Williams, and Norm Sherry have managed the Angels.

Dodger team wins leader Chris Capuano will take the mound tonight.  Juan Uribe was returned to the team today and IF/OF Alex Castellanos was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan

Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan

Dodgers Monday Lineup

  1. Gordon SS
  2. Herrera 3B
  3. Ethier RF
  4. Abreu LF
  5. Hairston 2B
  6. Loney 1B
  7. AJ Ellis C
  8. Gwynn CF
  9. Capuano P

Watch out for snakes!

May 14, 2012

It is spring and rattlesnakes are once again active in California.  If you venture outdoors, keep in mind a few safety tips:

  • Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas. Wear hiking boots.
  • When hiking, stick to well-used trails and wear over-https://outsidethedodgers.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.phpthe-ankle boots and loose-fitting long pants. Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.
  • Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark. Step ON logs and rocks, never over them, and be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood. Check out stumps or logs before sitting down, and shake out sleeping bags before use.

RotoRooter may charge a little extra to clear this blockage!

Though the most common rattlesnake in the Los Angeles area is the  Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus helleri ) , a cousin of theirs, the Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) is now in town in the form of their baseball team namesake.

Clayton Kershaw takes to the mound for the opening game of the series with the D’Backs.

Matt Kemp was scheduled for an MRI to check how much damage there is to his hamstring.  He needs to end his consecutive game streak and rest for a few days to make sure he does not reinjure it. His personal desire to keep the streak going is not the potential risk of him being lost to the team for several months.

With Kemp slumping, it is fortunate that A.J. Ellis, Bobby Abreu and even Juan Uribe have contributed offensively lately.


Chicago Chat

May 4, 2012

As you have already heard, the Dodgers today announced the signing of OF Bobby Abreu to a 1-yr contract & optioned infielder Justin Sellers to AAA Albuquerque.  Previously, Ronald Belisario was activated and should be ready to go today.  Mike McDougal was designated for assignment to make room.  Abreu commented:

“I’m just happy to be back right now,” Abreu said. “I’ll do anything I can do to help the team — as a pinch-hitter and whenever they give me time to play.  Of course I have to make an adjustment and get used to it,” Abreu said. “The good thing is we talked about it. I know what my role is here, and it’ll be no problem. I’ll always be ready. You see, as an everyday player, you don’t pay attention to that stuff. Right now, it’s OK. I’ll get used to it fine.”

Stan Kasten announced that Ned Colletti will not be subject to a specific payroll limit.  He wants the best available players to fit the needs of the team.  He added:

“I expect moving forward it’s going to be north of where it is now,” Kasten said. “But I have to tell you, I never focus on a target in getting the 25 guys. Because as you know, there are some teams that are really good with very low payrolls, and you would rather have those teams than a higher payroll team that’s not.

“So focus on the players that we get and don’t worry so much about the payroll. I don’t have a set number for you because we’re not going to do it that way. We’re going to take every opportunity that we can. If that means increasing payroll, then that’s what’s going to happen.”

It hurt to lose the series against an inferior (so far) Colorado Rockies.  It is not mandatory, but a sweep against the last place Cubs would be nice.  At least win the series.

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