Freeway Series in the Desert

The Dodgers host the Angels at a park that isn’t their own, without a freeway between the two stadiums, but it’s still the Dodgers and Angels, right? The Angels are using the DH while we’re going with the pitcher hitting. Here’s the lineup:

Pierre, LF

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Loney, 1B

Jones, CF

Martin, C

DeWitt, 3B

Abreu, 2B

Lowe, P

On today’s postgame Dodgertalk, Blake DeWitt and Andre Ethier will join Josh Suchon and Ken Levine on KABC 790. Tomorrow night, James Denton of Desperate Housewives, who is a huge Dodger fan, will be a guest, as will national baseball writers Tom Verducci and Bob Nightengale.

44 Comments

Scully speaks mostly of opponents. Why not? we know the Dodgers.

where’s kemp? seems like you hav a good game… out you go. We have three too many fielders. Somebody has to go on the trade block. What are we going to do with Young, Repko,& are two left fielders,
we certainly don’t need sweeneyif we keep martinez

need to make a trade .. get a real 3rd baseman like they should in the first place

Be patience

speaking of kabc… im wondering if anyone knows, how do you listen online? when you go to the kabc website you get the conservative talk station not the dodger game or dodger talk. anyone know? thanks is advance.

francisco rodriguez pitching
bottom of the fourth

martin strikes out on a 2-2 count

DeWitt grounds out to third

Abreu grounds out to second

0 hits 0 runs 1-0 dodgers

young in rf, ethier in cf jones done

top of 5th

kendrick gounds out to abreu on a great play

napoli grounds out to furcal

aybar grounds out to abrea, another nice play

0 hits 0 walks 0 runs 1-0 dodgers

Tony Abreu looks healthy out there to say the least, with a couple of fine plays. Real fine.

bottom of 5th

lowe singles to center

pierre flies out to center 0-3 today

furcal singles to left, lowe to second

Ethier sharp out to ss lowe out trying to advance to third

2 hits 0 walks 0 runs 1-0 dodgers

Dy in RF, EthierCF and Jones sitting.

top of 6th lowe pitching

morales single to center

on a pitchout morales out at second

figgins safe at first on errant throw, advances to second on throw

matthews jr flies out to Ethier

Anderson singles to right, figgins scores

hunter flies out to right field

3 hits 0 walks 1 error 1 run 1-1 tie

Anderson ties it up 1-1 with single in 6th

So far DeWitt is still in. one double, 1 RBI. Good time to be on Dodger Talk. Let’s get some runs

bottom of 6th spier pitching

loney flies out to center

young strikes out

martin strikes out

0 hits 0 walks 0 runs 1-1 tie

Scully says WEST is BEST in NL

Saito in there, Hu is on 3rd

Hu is playing 3rd.

Mike Napoli 2-runHR Dodgers trail 3-1

Sloppy play gives Angels another run.Saito too slow covering 1st, then makes a late throw home. Runner scoring from second, Down 4-1.

Juanpy knocks in Hu, who was on 3rd and it’s 4-2 Halos.

jspelk, I don’t know about DodgerTalk, but as for the games, the only way to listen online is to get Gameday Audio from mlb.com. They black out the games on the radio stations’ homepages.

I think it kinda ***** to have to pay for radio, but I can’t get any radio stations that carry the Dodgers, don’t have the money for XM, and to me, $14.95 is the price for a ticket to one game at the Stadium, and for that, I get to listen to Vin everyday (for 3 innings) up here in Giants country.

#72 pronounced Kon-kos-so pitching for Dodgers.

Guess we all need a lot of patience this spring. Hope the team comes together. First florida, then China and now we are loosing in the desert. we got what 7-8 days left. We don’t who is in left, 2nd, 3rd,& 5th pither. Looks Lowe pitched well

Light Towers in this park came from the Polo Grounds in 1964. Not a good place for us.

Loosin’ Pal.

Dodgers go down very familiarly on four pitches in 8th.

Now we have Mike Myers.

Falkenbourg coming in after Myers pitches to one batter.

Bottom of 9th, maybe it’s our turn to come from behind.

thanks for the advice drinkinmercury! if only i had a working radio around…

2-out Martinez who came in last inning for Abreu is batting.

Kemp who reminds me more of Dave Winfield every day singles Ramon to 3rd but Juanpy fails again.

This from The Kansas City Star

The rumor mill is picking up. One has the Royals discussing a deal to send utilityman Esteban German to the Dodgers for right-handed pitchers Jonathan Meloan and Miguel Pinango.

Hope this deal don’t go down

It’s on dodgerdugout.com under news

I had seem the rumor about Esteban German in Sports Illustrated, I believe. Don’t know much about him, but have to suspect that anyone of real value wouldn’t be shed off by the Royals. If we insist on a veteran, we already have Martinez to consider; otherwise, I can’t see why German would be better than Abreu, Hu, or DeWitt to fill in until Kent and Nomar come back. I must admit that I’m partial to Hu and DeWitt in particular, so I would like to give both every chance.

Let’s look at this shall we:

today we loose….Bottom of 5th

lowe singles

pierre flies out

furcal singles

Ethier sharp out to ss Lowe out trying to advance to third

it’s a 1-0 game.. we have a chance to extend the lead. The problem is, Pierre comes up. he can’t hit with runners on and pitchers, if they make the right pitch will get him to hit it where they need him too.

What are his options with Lowe on first and the heart of the order coming up..

1. bunt for a hit..not a sacrafice, a base hit. if lowe gets to 2nd perfect, if he dosent, the fastest guy on the team is now on first base. Play the odds, i mean you know youu will make an out 7 out of 10 times. You know if you get a hit will only advance Lowe to 2nd something like 96% of the time…(lack of extra base hits) so put pressure of their defense…

2. Ok fine, no bunt, but I being a hardworker and a team guy, will take one for the team and hit one of my patented ground outs to 1b/2b..that should get the runner over..I’ll get high fives in the dugout and Joe will say good job for doing the little things…

3. nah,***** it..i’ll try and overpower F-ROD…oh what, a lazy fly ball to left cf (who knew) that has no chance to be a hit nor advance a runner..i’ll do that. Thats what team players who are trying to win a job in spring do. remember my game aint pretty.

I just wish the man had a baseball brain, he could be effective.

If Pierre advances the runner, the dodgers score and make the game at least 2-0. 8 years in the league should teach you that.

I meant to say 3b. advance Lowe to 3b only like a 3 percent chance..considering Lowes speed and JP power.

who do you guys think the starting infield on opening day will be. if i had to guess it would be
loney

abreu

furcal

hu

with an outfield of

kemp

jones

and

Ethier

I think torre will do the right thing with the outfield and pierre will be traded

I like your thinking cosmow

From Peter Gammons

Nomar Garciaparra insists he will be physically ready to open the regular season, but even if he is not, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti is not going to rush into a trade for a third baseman.

> “We’re not going to make a long-term move because we believe [Andy] LaRoche and [Blake] DeWitt are going to be here for a long time at that position,” says Colletti.

And:

> Andre Ethier has had what appears to be a breakout spring, but with Juan Pierre’s contract untradeable, the Dodgers will open the season with Ethier, Matt Kemp, Pierre and Andruw Jones in the outfield mix and let manager Joe Torre deal with one daily unhappy camper.

As for Clayton Kershaw, it sure sounds as if the Dodgers believe he will be a factor this season; the issue will be limiting his innings early in the season so that he is fresh come August, which means 150-160 innings for the whole season.

Play Ethier. Give Pierre a third of starts, just to keep delicate Andre from flaming out come September. I still say you keep Repko. He does lots of things well: speed, stolen bases, great defense…****, he came up as a shortstop, let him play third. If the Dodgers carry 12 pitchers, that only leaves two more bench spots (not counting back-up catcher), most likely Hu and Abreu. If pitching staff can survive on 11 arms, then Sweeney stays, which I think is the best scenario. Consider Chan Ho and Loaiza to be a two-headed beast, so that leaves five spots in the pen: Saito, Broxton, Proctor, Beimal, and Kuo.

Congratulations on the nice clean new look to dodgers.com!!!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE.

I think that Sweeney will stay, and I think that is good. He still shows the ability to pinch-hit, and he can sub adequately at first and even in the outfield. In comparison, I hope we don’t keep Martinez. He showed last year that he can’t produce, and we should have enough defensively with Abreu, DeWitt and Hu to chose from.

I hope that Nomar and Kent start the season on DL retroactively, so we don’t have them in the lineup at 70% capability. Playing Raffy prematurely last season created a big problem – not Raffy’s fault, but management’s.

I like the new format for dodgers.com
Great article on Wally Moon in the Times this morning.

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