It’s a regional FOX game today and plenty of good things in store. Highlights from yesterday’s All-Star rally, where Russell and Brad Penny both showed up to thank the fans, footage of Russell’s dad playing the anthem on his saxophone last year and Joe Beimel reading off the lineup, which will be:
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Here are some notes on the day:
ON TOP OF THINGS – The Dodgers have 39 victories, the most wins in the National League. They are a season-high 11 games over .500 for the second time this season. Los Angeles has tied its season high with four consecutive victories and have won five of its last seven games. Los Angeles is 26-4 when scoring first this season, the best winning percentage in the Majors (.867) and 16-7 in one-run games, the best winning percentage in all of baseball (.697).
PACKED HOUSE – The entire three-game series against the Angels is sold out and last night’s paid attendance of 56,000 equaled the single-game Dodger Stadium regular season record. Los Angeles leads the National League in attendance with an average crowd of 45,389.
IF AT FIRST – The Dodgers moved back into first place last night and have spent 54 days of the season atop the NL West. They have been in second place on nine days, third place for 10 days, fourth place for two days and even spent one day in the cellar – April 3, which was the second day of the season.
BIG, BAD BIRTHDAY BOY – Jonathan Broxton is celebrating his 23rd birthday today. Broxton registered his 17th hold of the season last night, tying him for the Major League lead in that category with Scot Shields and Derrick Turnbow.
HOMERING FOR A CAUSE – Tommy Lasorda, Grady Little, Nomar Garciaparra and Luis Gonzalez, along with players and coaches from the 29 other Major League organizations have teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation, to help “Keep Dad in the Game.” As part of the 2007 Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge, each time a Major League player goes deep during 60 select games throughout Father’s Day week, pledges will be made and money will be raised for prostate cancer research, a disease that one in every six men will be diagnosed with during his lifetime.
FATHER’S DAY CATCH – Tomorrow, the Dodgers will host the fourth annual Father’s Day catch, presented by Macy’s, where fans are invited to play catch with their parents in the outfield at Dodger Stadium following the homestand finale. For more information, fans can visit dodgers.com/events.
TWO OF A KIND – The Dodgers have won 96 consecutive home games when leading after eight innings, the longest active streak in baseball. Much of that is due to Takashi Saito, who is one of only two Major Leaguers in history to convert 43 of their first 46 save appearances, joining Eric Gagné, who converted 44 of his first 47 save opportunities in 2002 before blowing his fourth chance.
STRIKEOUT KINGS – Dodger pitchers have struck out 10 or more batters 20 times this season, the most in the Majors. Last night the team fanned 14 batters, led by a career-high 11 from Derek Lowe. The team has fanned 521 batters overall, the most in the NL.