Full House at Vero – Mark Langill
The eighth-largest crowd in the history of Holman Stadium (8,080) watched the Dodgers defeat the Boston Red Sox, 6-4, this afternoon. Starter Derek Lowe allowed two hits in four scoreless innings and the Dodgers hit three home runs for the second consecutive game – today’s longballs by Ramon Martinez, Cody Ross and J.D. Drew.
Dodger leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton left the game in the first inning after he was hit by a pitch. Lofton suffered a bruised right knee.
Outfielder Andre Ethier is day-to-day after an MRI exam revealed a sprained right shoulder, which he suffered while diving for a ball earlier on Tuesday at Jupiter against the Cardinals.
The most popular T-shirt among Boston fans in the grandstands was the "NOW I CAN DIE IN PEACE" motto, coined after the team’s World Series victory in 2004. … Also attending the game was Lyle Spatz, Chairman of the Baseball Records Committee for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Spatz said it was the first time in 49 years he witnessed a game in person when the Dodgers wore their home uniforms. His last Dodger home game was 1957 in Brooklyn. Spatz recited the uniform numbers for the 1957 squad, including No. 41, worn by Brooklyn and Los Angeles pitcher Clem Labine (1950-60), a Vero Beach resident who attended Thursday’s game. …
Back in Los Angeles, the Dodgers would like to wish a speedy recovery to longtime Dodger usher and elevator operator Luis Arevalo, who began his career at Dodger Stadium in 1984 and recently underwent surgery to amputate his leg due to complications from diabetes.