Sunday, March 25, 2012
3/25/12 Spring Training Notes
ROLL OUT THE BARRELS: The Dodgers face the Brew Crew for the second and final time this spring after defeating Milwaukee, 7-6, on Tuesday in Glendale. Los Angeles lost the 2011 season series, 4-2, to the Brewers and the two clubs will meet seven times this year, all in the first two months of the season.
SOUNDS KERSH-AWESOME: Clayton Kershaw takes the mound this afternoon for his fourth start of the spring after suffering the loss in the Dodgers’ 4-3 defeat on Monday against the Indians. Kershaw (2-1, 0.73) allowed his first run of the spring in 5.1 innings in the defeat and has limited opposing hitters to a .163 batting average with 11 strikeouts in 12.1 Cactus League innings. He will be followed to the mound by:
● RHP Josh Lindblom has tossed scoreless relief in five of his six Cactus League appearances, last pitching on Friday against the Royals. The Indiana native has limited opponents to a .231 batting average (6-for-26) this spring.
● LHP Scott Rice will make his first appearance since Wednesday against San Diego after a battle with strep throat. Rice, 30, has pitched 5.0 scoreless innings in his five appearances this spring and limited opponents to a .176 batting average (3-for-17).
● LHP John Grabow will be pitching in back-to-back games after coming in with two men on and forcing an inning-ending groundout yesterday against the Indians. Grabow, a non-roster invitee, has not allowed a run in his six appearances this spring with seven strikeouts and just one walk in 6.0 innings.
ROSTER UPDATE: Yesterday, the Dodgers reassigned RHP Angel Guzman, LHP Wilfredo Ledezma and RHP Fernando Nieve to minor league camp. After yesterday’s cuts, 41 players remain in big league camp.
FEELS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY: The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning yesterday to beat the Indians, 5-4, at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. Luis Cruz raised his batting average to .350 with a two-out, two-run triple to tie the game and then scored the go-ahead run on Cory Sullivan’s RBI single. Chris Capuano (1-1, 3.29) struck out five and allowed two runs in 5.0 innings in his fourth Cactus League start as the Dodgers improved to 9-3-3 against AL clubs. Andre Ethier roped his seventh double of the spring in the victory, which is tied for the National League lead.
A MARCH TO MADNESS: Congratulations to Dodger outfielder Matt Angle on his Ohio State Buckeyes advancing to the NCAA Final Four last night with a victory over Syracuse! Angle was a three-year letter winner in Columbus and a two-time All-Big Ten selection. Today’s hoops action will be of particular interest to catcher Tim Federowicz and Head Athletic Trainer Sue Falsone, who attended the University of North Carolina, and will be rooting for the Tar Heels to advance against Kansas.
SPEE-DEE: Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in yesterday’s win for his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. The 23-year-old ranks among the National League leaders in batting average (.415, 2nd), runs scored (12, T-1st), steals (8, 2nd) and on-base percentage (.489, 3rd) in 15 games this spring.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Dodgers are 11-7-4 this spring, which is tied for the third-best record in the Cactus League, and have been one of the National League’s best offensive teams. Los Angeles leads the Senior Circuit in team batting average (.289), ranks second in on-base percentage (.357) and has posted the third-highest slugging percentage (.452). The Dodgers have also fared well on the mound with their 3.41 team ERA ranking third in the NL.
ON THE BACK FIELDS: RHP Kenley Jansen, RHP Mike MacDougal and RHP Todd Coffey will pitch today against Kansas City minor leaguers on the back fields at Camelback Ranch. All three pitched in yesterday’s game against Cleveland with Coffey and Jansen firing scoreless innings, while MacDougal allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in 0.2 innings.
HIGH NUMBERS: The Dodgers will have eight minor leaguers joining the team today in Maryvale, with pitchers Shawn Tolleson (93), Brent Leach (96) and Tim Sexton (97), catcher Salomon Manriquez (90), infielders Rafael Ynoa (87), Luis Nunez (88) and Tyler Henson (94) and outfielder Chris Pettit (89). Leach and Pettit have both appeared in the Majors with Leach making 38 relief appearances with the Dodgers in 2009 and Pettit batting .286 in 11 games with the Angels in 2009 and 2011.
● Tolleson, the Dodgers’ 2011 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, has made two appearances for the big league club this spring, allowing one run in 2.0 innings. He closed out the Dodgers’ 17-4 victory in Tucson on Friday with a strikeout and two groundouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.