Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dodger Spring Training Notes - March 24, 2013

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LOS ANGELES DODGERS (11-15-3) vs. Oakland Athletics (11-12-3)

Sunday, March 24, 2013 – 1:05 p.m. | Phoenix Municipal Stadium

RHP Josh Beckett (0-0, 0.96) vs. RHP A.J. Griffin (1-1, 5.23)

Spring Game 30 | Road Game 15

TV: None | Radio: KTNQ

NORTH VS. SOUTH: The Dodgers play their California neighbors to the north, the Oakland Athletics, for the second time this spring today at Phoenix Municipal Stadium after beating the A’s, 7-1, on March 19 in Glendale. The A’s swept the Dodgers last year in Oakland and hold a 9-16 advantage in the all-time regular season series. The clubs have met twice in the World Series, splitting their 10 games, with the A’s winning the 1974 Fall Classic and Los Angeles claiming the title in 1988.

*         The Dodgers will open the 2013 season against the Giants in just eight days, April 1 at Dodger Stadium!

ON THE HILL: Josh Beckett will make his fourth official start of the spring today after throwing 6.0 simulated innings on Monday.  The 32-year-old has 11 strikeouts in 9.1 innings in Cactus League play and has limited opposing hitters to a .125 batting average (4-for-32), his day-by-day pitching record is below:

ROSTER UPDATE: Earlier today, the Dodgers released right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe and now have 38 players remaining in big league camp.

*         On Friday, the Dodgers made yet another international signing by inking 16-year-old right-handed pitcher Jesus Canizales out of Trujillo, Venezuela.

PUIG-A-PALOOZA: Yasiel Puig went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored last night, raising his Major League-best batting average to .547 this spring. Puig has a seven-game hitting streak and has a hit in 10 of his 11 at-bats. The 22-year-old also leads the Majors with 29 hits, is tied for the MLB lead with a .527 on-base percentage and ranks second in the NL with an .887 slugging percentage.

*         Dee Gordon leads the NL with seven steals and is tied for third in the NL with 10 walks.

*         Clayton Kershaw ranks third among NL pitchers with 28 strikeouts and Hyun-Jin Ryu ranks fifth with 23 Ks this spring.

LAST NIGHT: Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed just one hit and two runs in 7.0 strong innings as the Dodgers defeated the White Sox, 10-4, in front of 13,721 fans last night at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. Ryu, who has limited opposing hitters to a .210 batting average in 23.1 innings this spring, retired the last 11 White Sox hitters he faced. At the plate, Yasiel Puig went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Andre Ethier went 2-for-4 with a three-run double to break the game open in the seventh inning.

*         Carl Crawford played in the field for the first time last night, starting in left field, and is expected to play five innings in today’s game.

THROW OUT THE RECORD BOOKS: Last night, the Dodgers established yet another single-game Cactus League attendance record with 13,721 fans packing Camelback Ranch – Glendale for the Dodgers’ 10-4 victory over the White Sox. Los Angeles has played host the three largest single-game crowds in league history and has entertained five of the top six all-time Cactus League crowds at Camelback Ranch.

*         Including the World Baseball Classic exhibition against Team Mexico, the Dodgers have played host 126,151 fans in 17 dates at Camelback Ranch – Glendale this spring.

*         Prior to last night’s game, the Arizona Fall League announced that its Desert Dogs franchise would relocate to Glendale beginning in 2013. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti participated in the on-field ceremony along with representatives from the White Sox and the City of Glendale.

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 next 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 www.rcquakes.com

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE: While many NCAA tournament brackets have been spoiled already due to a plethora of upsets, Dodger alma maters survived to this point and take the court today with a chance to advance to the Sweet 16. Chris Capuano’s Duke Blue Devils will take on Creighton at 6:40 p.m., Mark Ellis and Paco Rodriguez’s Florida Gators will battle Minnesota at 3:10 p.m., Aaron Harang’s San Diego State Aztecs will hope to end tournament Cinderella Florida Gulf Coast’s run at 4:10 p.m. and Tim Federowicz’s North Carolina Tar Heels will tangle with Kansas at 2:15 p.m.

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