Friday, June 15 - 7:10 p.m.
Clayton Kershaw vs Chris Sale
It’s Friday Night Fireworks at Dodger Stadium June 15. At the conclusion of the game, fans are invited to go onto the playing field to watch a Friday Night Fireworks show in which the Dodgers will pay tribute to the greatest moments of the 1990s set to music of that decade.
Josh Henderson, who plays John Ross Ewing on the new remake show “Dallas” on TNT, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr. continues his season-long community program, Hairston’s Heroes, before Friday’s game. Hairston will host youngsters from The Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor-Wilmington. Kids will receive a T-shirt, meal voucher courtesy of Coca-Cola and a meet and greet on the field during batting practice with Hairston.
Major League Baseball has joined the Prostate Cancer Foundation as an official partner in promoting prostate cancer awareness and fundraising. Through the Home Run Challenge, MLB and The Prostate Cancer Foundation raise funds for prostate cancer research by securing pledges for home runs hit during selected Major League Baseball games the week of Father’s Day, June 7-17, 2012. In 2011, 90 home runs were hit during 60 games, raising $1.9 million for prostate cancer research. Individuals can make a pledge to the Home Run Challenge by calling 1-800-798-CURE (2873) or going online at www.pcf.org up to the start of the last game of the Home Run Challenge on Father’s Day, June 17.
Each team has a designated Prostate Cancer Foundation player representative who endorses the Home Run Challenge and appears in advertisements. Dodger Matt Kemp and 30 Major League managers participate, including Don Mattingly. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association endorse the program. Also, to help promote prostate cancer awareness on Father’s Day, June 17, 2012, Major League players, managers, coaching staffs, trainers, equipment managers, groundskeepers and umpires will be wearing blue wristbands.
It is also Viva Los Dodgers Day, presented by State Farm, Chevrolet and Time Warner Cable. The season-long initiative is in its third year and celebrates Latino culture in Los Angeles at a family-friendly pregame festival held in lot 6 two hours prior to each Sunday's game.
On Sunday, starting at 11:10 a.m., Grammy-nominated La Vida Boheme and renowned Mexico-city based electronic music project Mexican Institute of Sound will provide entertainment.
Boxers Joselito Lopez and Chris Arreola will sign autographs for fans at Viva Los Dodgers at 11:45 a.m. followed by a first pitch. Lopez is making an appearance to promote his upcoming fight at Staples Center against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz on Saturday, June 23. Dodger Alumnus Tommy Davis will also sign autographs for fans from 11:10 a.m-12:30 p.m.. For more information, visit www.dodgers.com/viva.
MLB’s Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship Competition is at Dodger Stadium. This spring, more than 650,000 children participated nationwide in MLB’s free Pitch, Hit & Run program. Prior to the game, the top 12 boys and top 12 girls qualifiers from Southern California and Hawaii will compete in hopes of advancing to the National Finals at the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Kansas City, Missouri. The 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Team Champions will be introduced during pre-game ceremonies.
The Veteran of the Game is Navy Cross recipient and U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher Farias of Houston, Texas.
Dodger pitcher Aaron Harang will host a group of military family members as part of Aaron’s Aces which occurs every Sunday home game. Harang’s guests receive game tickets, complimentary parking and meal vouchers courtesy of Coca-Cola. The group also gets a meet and greet on the field with Harang during batting practice along with an autographed Aaron’s Aces T-shirt.