Congrats all around…

Got the chance to stop in this morning at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, where Orlando Hudson had the first visit of his “Around the Mound” tour to try and get more African-American youths to play baseball. He enlisted the services of his teammate, Juan Pierre, and Angels’ center fielder Torii Hunter, to spend time with the kids and teach them a few things about the game. O-Dog is planning on doing school visits in 10 cities around the league this year, which is an incredibly ambitious program. Props to him for his efforts.

As for the Urban Youth Academy, the facility is really something else and the work they do does not get nearly the attention it should, so congrats to the whole staff there on a great morning over there.

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Meanwhile, for those who haven’t seen the latest rankings, Inside the Dodgers remains in the Top 10 on the MLBlogs network, so keep up the great work. I’m going to have to check out some of the other sites that are above us and see how they’re spreading the word!

Here’s tonight’s lineup against the Angels:

Pierre, LF

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Ethier, RF

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Blake, 3B

Wolf, P

Torre pregame media session:

On Kuroda: He’ll go two more times and we’ll look at him all the way back on that first homestand the beginning of the month. He may pitch in Albuquerque at some point. I’m not sure.

On Schmidt: we can see the finish line, but its still going to be awhile.

On Blake: I’m comfortable with Casey hitting 8th. He knows how to hit there.
He never said a word to me about where he hits. I don’t sense its an issue for him.

On Mota: Mota was much better last night. They had him swinging his leg better. He’s working at it.

On Weaver: Weaver still not available tonight. We are going to hold off on Milton’s bullpen until later in the game just in case we need him. If you see Milton throwing in the late innings it’s his bullpen, he’s not warming up. 

Furcal and Martin will rest tomorrow.

0 comments

  1. trublu4ever

    It is awesome work by Orlando, Juan and Torii in trying to get our youth involved in baseball. Most kids nowadays think everything revolves around football and basketball. and, who could blame them because the coverage is so damned lopsided. Baseball always takes a backburner. but, to me BASEBALL RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. jungar@wsgcorp.com

    I hope that if the score is tied and we have a runner on 2nd with no outs in the later innings that we never, ever, ever bunt with our 3 hole hitter ever again. I knew we lost when they did that last night. Besides giving up an out, you are asking your best hitter to make out on PURPOSE for two guys who have 13 rbi in 19 games in May, between them. The idea that they our the 4/5 hitters is a joke right now in itself, but then again no one else is hitting either.

  3. oldbrooklynfan

    All the best to Odawg, JP and Torii, in their efforts with the “Around the Mound ” tour.
    They say, “you win some, you lose some”, but we’re kind of getting use to winning….so
    LET’S GO DODGERS.

  4. brentster

    Yeah man, superprops to these guys for getting out there amongst those youngsters, encouraging them to follow the great game of baseball. And those kids are pretty blessed, too, to have been visited by these stars, who are playing as if they are in the prime of their careers. Staggering statistics, phenomenal plays on the field, and running the bases. Can you tell I’m impressed by these guys?
    As for the lineup I think Ethier does not deserve to be where he has been staying, in the lineup. Casey sure should be there before him. It’s like “Come on Joe, tell the kid that secret that makes him start hitting again…”
    Choke up an inch or two…”Yeah right…, the kid responds.”
    You know, it’s something stupid, dumb, simple.
    Go Dodgers!!

  5. dodge1612

    schmidt just left his rehad assignment in the third inning with an injury… here we go again…

  6. trublu4ever

    So, Schmidt hd developed a permanent case of “Icantplayitis”! lol
    .
    Shad ~ Vinny said it was a perfect throw!

  7. bluecrewgirl

    I think the Dodgers need to chalk Schmidt up to another Darren Dreifort and move on. It would be nice if he could get healthy and start earning some of that salary, but it really looks doubtful he will.

  8. shad80

    I take that you listen to him on the radio. I’m struck with these Angels announce on kcla ch 13.

  9. dodge1612

    this nuggets- fakers game sucks… the refs are handing it to LA… I hate basketball… kobe is a cry baby

  10. trublu4ever

    Shad ~ I am listening on the radio. I like it better than the video on mlb.tv. It’s always a half an inning behind the actual game.

  11. dodge1612

    how can he trublu? this game is stupid… I dont like either team so im not biased but come on the NBA wants to see lebron and kobe… and looks like the refs are told to give em that.

  12. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    Good evening, all. For those of us interested in Dodger history: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/books/review/Shapiro-t.html?_r=1&8bu&emc=bua2
    Thanks, nelly, for the link to mlb contracts. For those who have visions of Roy Halliday in Dodger blue dancing in their heads, he’s signed through 2010 on a 3-year, 40 mill contract. At that price, he’s a screaming deal. If he chooses to go through FA after next year, he will clean up. If Toronto desires to move him during next year’s stretch drive, anyone who wants him will pay a king’s ransom for,more than likely, a short-term rental. Bottom line, a bad deal, IMO. If you want him (and who would’nt), sign him during FA when all you lose is a draft choice.

  13. trublu4ever

    Dodge ~ he’s been a Lakers fan since the Jerry West days and so, of coyrse, he thinks every call goes against them. I am with you though, everyone wants to see Kobe and Lebron!

  14. trublu4ever

    Sorry, it’s all about money and ratings and the Lakers/Cavs final woud be what woukd genrate the most revenue.

  15. bluecrewgirl

    I agree with your husband, trublu. But of course, I’ve been a Laker fan since I was 12, so I admit I am biased): I can admit their defense has been pathetic lately.

  16. dodge1612

    what? another technical… stupid… well who cares its dodger time… 1-0 and threatening to add more… go dodgers

  17. nellyjune

    dodge16 ~ it’s about money and the series that will make the most money will be a Lakers/Cavs series. I have felt that way about the NBA for a long time. The mlb has it’s issues with PED, but I think there is still some major issues with money and refs in the NBA. I have felt that way since that infamous Lakers/Kings series back in the day.

  18. shad80

    What the hell Farmer get a tech because of that? Williams didn’t get one when he threw it to Howard.

  19. dodge1612

    farmer should have been thrown out of the game… if a player throws the ball in the stands its an automatic ejection

  20. bluecrewgirl

    It was kind of like invasion of the body snatchers, lol. Reminds me of that movie that was out years ago with Meg Ryan where her spirit switched places with this old man and finally at the end of the movie they switched back.

  21. nellyjune

    ..and if you think about last night, he had 2 walks, and his other two at-bats were solid even though they were outs.

  22. nellyjune

    bluecrewgirl – It so feels that way!!!! It’s like all the power was drained from Andre and was poured into JP.

  23. nellyjune

    I did not move my gnome, but I am wearing my Andre shirt, which I haven’t been. The superstisious in me thinks maybe that is the issue. I haven’t been wearing my Ethier shirt/jersey consistently during the games.

  24. Dodger4life

    Good evening BCG….I am in the middle of cooking a burger but I am keeping tabs of the game as well.
    .
    GO DODGERS!!!!!

  25. bluecrewgirl

    Ok ladies, I just realized I had put my Ethier bobblehead (the ones they sell at the Dodger store) on the coffee table the other night. I will have to leave it there now, lol.

  26. shad80

    Oh man Josh was in Compton and I missed the Odog, Pierre and Hunter oh well I had something to do.

  27. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    Hunter kicked our a#$ again. Wake up, Dodger bats!!!!….Schmidt was hit on the side of his face with a batted ball during his rehab start. Hopefully, it’s not too serious.

  28. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    ….and Furcal follows suit. Who says imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!!!

  29. bluecrewgirl

    I was afraid Andre was going to get himself kicked out for arguing, but good to see him fired up and Russell comes through again!

  30. nellyjune

    My Loney has a first name,
    It’s J-A-M-E-S
    My Loney has a second name,
    It’s L-O-N-E-Y
    I love to watch him every day
    And if you ask me why I’ll say
    ‘Cause James Loney has a way
    With H-I-T-T-I-N-G!

    By leefink and martinloneykemp

  31. bluecrewgirl

    I didn’t realize Schmidt’s injury was because he got hit in the head with a line drive. Hope he’s ok.

  32. Dodger4life

    Keep on keepin on Boy’s….Lets get some more runners across home plate 🙂
    .
    GO DODGERS!!!!!

  33. shad80

    Let’s make Lackey work more in this inning then last inning come on Blake we need another homerun.

  34. nellyjune

    JP and Furcal aren’t doing anything at the top of the order at all tonight.

    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    A Dodger starter still pitching in the 7th. Now, there’s a notable occurence!!

  36. nellyjune

    Overall Bellisario has been doing a good job. He’s had his bad days…..all pitchers do, but for the most part, he has been a pleasantly good surprise.

  37. dodgrdog88

    hey josh… i’m a long time reader, unfortunately, not as frequent of a commenter here. but i do appreciate all the hard work you do, and to keep the fans ‘in the loop’ with daily updates here on top of everything else you. i do know you read these comments so i do have a favor to ask of you (since i don’t know where else to go). i used to live in LA, and frequented the games (my family still has season tickets in section 15 of the field level), but unfortunately i moved out of state two years ago. one thing i always enjoyed when going to the games was the music that the players chose as their ‘at-bat/entrance’ songs. since i moved, i don’t get to enjoy it, and its rather difficult to pick up some of the songs when listening to the games on radio or watching on tv via satellite. in the past, the list was in the fan forum section of dodgers.com, but it looks like it was removed this year. i would love to see the list back up again since the players tend to change their songs from one year to the next. (i specifically asked for songs for furcal, pierre, o-dog, kemp, loney, blake, martin, loretta, broxton and billingsley – i picked up on kershaw and ethier’s songs). i attempted to email the club through the website’s ‘help/contact’ link, but it bounced back to me twice. could you pass this info on to whomever? thanks josh!

  38. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    Troncoso and Belllisario have been good, for the most part. Wade has been abducted by aliens from the Planet Gnat and Mota…just….plain….sucks!!!!!

  39. shad80

    Some of our fans on the main LA main message board want him dfa because of all the walk and sigh I don’t want a 1 2 3 innings from Lackey.

  40. colliethec

    That wouldn’t be pleasant Nelly. I’ve seen it happen many times in my softball years and I’ve seen some pretty nasty ones. A teammate of mine 2 weeks ago lined one off the pitchers knee during a game (He plays in another league that night of the week so I didn’t see it). He shattered the knee cap and he had to have surgery for it.
    .
    It sounds as if it isn’t a major injury for Schmidt, so that’s good. But now he’ll have the mental issue of course with the whole worrying about a come backer.

  41. nellyjune

    My Loney has a first name,
    It’s J-A-M-E-S
    My Loney has a second name,
    It’s L-O-N-E-Y
    I love to watch him every day
    And if you ask me why I’ll say
    ‘Cause James Loney has a way
    With H-I-T-T-I-N-G!

    By leefink and martinloneykemp

  42. shad80

    Stop talking about Frankie he pitching for the Mets. Wow that throw was so close I love Loney hustle. We need to scored now damn shut up Hudler.

  43. perumike

    Let’s have a walkoff win today! That would make the day complete for LA sports fans (yes, LA, not Anaheim, which is in ANOTHER FREAKING COUNTY!!!)

  44. shad80

    Let’s see what Fuentes can do with a tied since and it seem most closets pitch crap aka Wilson.

  45. bluecrewgirl

    They said Andre has a split nail on his toe if I understood Vin correctly. I wouldn’t think that would be very serious.

  46. colliethec

    Dre split his toenail on his foot & that is why he’s out.
    .
    You gotta swing the bat big boy. They aren’t going to walk you there!

  47. bluecrewgirl

    I would think they could always remove the toenail and let it grow back if worse came to worse. I dropped wagon handle on my big toe when I was 5, hurt like hell. My toenail fell out and it grew back fine. At least he doesn’t have any broken bones, so that’s great news.

  48. nellyjune

    Shad – that is very true. Nothing is a sure thing when it comes to our medical staff. You are so right about that.

  49. bluecrewgirl

    Lol, Shad. If Andre does need any medical attention for his toe, I would hope Conte would be nowhere near him.

  50. bluecrewgirl

    Yes, he does Nelly! Minor injuries seem to have a way of morphing into something more since he’s been the trainer. I think Andre will be fine. I was worried his toe was broken at first.

  51. perumike

    Nice job Jon! Now let’s end this thing! We have an early game tomorrow and we need our rest! 🙂

  52. colliethec

    Mike — I have the day off. Seeing as it’s a day game after a night game & I’m a little older. I’ve got to rest my eyes and butt!

  53. Dodger4life

    LETS GO DODGERS, LETS GO!!!!!!!
    .
    It’s time to give the bully some help!!!!
    .
    Lets get someone across home plate 🙂

  54. nellyjune

    How about that!?! He walked JP in to win the game.

    Thanks for another nail biting game Dodgers, and you are all just awesome!!!!!!!!

  55. nellyjune

    I can’t believe I am saying these things about JP………….and it’s really not so bad – LOL!!!!!

  56. shad80

    The first time Kemp gets on base he scored the winning run the first time Pierre get on is a game ended rbi walk.

  57. nellyjune

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that is funny bluecrewgirl!!!! LOL!!!! I really hope Andre is okay…………heaven forbid if Conte hurts him more.

  58. seeskybout2rain@comcast.net

    Wow, what a game!!!! A student of the game’s baseball game. The 5-man infield. Personnel moves by batter. And we win!!!!!! Can’t get any better than that!!

  59. nellyjune

    I must admit, as much as we didn’t give credit to our BP during Spring Training, overall they have been doing a great job. Yes, there are still a few question marks, but what team in the league doesn’t have that same issue, especially in our division.

  60. Dodger4life

    Another great thing about this win, the rest of the NL West won also and they gain no ground 🙂
    .
    BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!
    GO DODGERS GO!!!!!
    .
    Good night again everyone…..:-)

  61. nellyjune

    Everyone in our divsion won tonight so the standings stay status quo other than the fact that we are the first team in the league to reach 30 wins.

  62. nellyjune

    Dodger4life – we were thinking the same thing. Good night again…………….sweet Dodger Dreams!!!!

  63. nellyjune

    Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier left Saturday night’s game in the eighth inning with an injury to the big toe on his right foot suffered in a fifth inning at-bat. Ethier was hit by a John Lackey pitch and split the nail on the toe. He wound up scoring in that fifth inning on James Loney’s single. Ethier remaining in the game and lined out to left field in the seventh inning, but was replaced in right field by rookie Jamie Hoffmann in the top of the eighth. Ethier, who has struggled in recent weeks, doubled in his first at-bat and scored a run, then singled in his second at-bat. — Ken Gurnick

    Posted on May 24, 2009 at 12:32 AMPermalinkComments (1)
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  64. kpookiemon

    Somehow, the Dodgers keep finding a way to win. Their 30th victory…and Billingsley and Broxton own 11 of them.

  65. shad80

    Is official Castro stats lines is way better than Pierre with a bad performance by Pierre and in few AB’s. Castro stats lines are .391/.464/.609/1.073. JP stats lines are .383/.458/.489/.947.

  66. shad80

    Wow that was Pierre 1st career rbi’s in 97 ab’s against the Angels in his career but dang don’t like his stats lines 175/.223/.216/.440. It’s look like the Angels have his numbers. Should that numbers be little bit more accounting Broxton saves with other pitchers getting a win?

  67. shad80

    Damn I hate to see Furcal obp at .301 and I remember last year when we was all on Pierre case. Bills have an obp at .348 in 20 AB’s and when pitchers have a big obp as high as that than you have a big problem.

  68. trublu4ever

    Good morning ~ According to the Home Page, Andre will be out of today’s game with his split toenail. Please take care of yourself, Andre. We need you back as soon as possible.

  69. enchantedbeaver

    A little classic country – Tennessee Ernie Ford, 16 Tons:
    .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Joo90ZWrUkU

    TWO THIN JUANS
    .
    Sooooome people say all Juan has got hims a glove,
    The other Juan’s speedy but he kain’t get no love,
    Glove and no love, their power blows,
    A man in the dugout that says they’re pros.
    .
    You have two thin Juans and what do ya get?
    A walk to load the bases and another walk wins.
    Coletti don’t ya trade em or let them go.
    We ain’t got much in the minor league store.
    .
    Laaaaaast year we’da put them where the sun doesn’t shine,
    One had no bat and the other one whined,
    We ain’t got much, but now 9s on a roll,
    And all Joe says is, “Well bless his soul.”
    .
    You have two thin Juans and what do ya get?
    A walk to load the bases and another walk wins.
    Coletti don’t ya trade em or let them go.
    We ain’t got much in the minor league store.
    .
    Weeeeee hope there-a battin’ don’t fizzle a-gain,
    O B P and sluggin’ ain’t their middle names,
    But when they get themselves on base they both make us go,
    And they owe there fat ol’ contracts to the Neddy below-a.
    .
    You have two thin Juans and what do ya get?
    A walk to load the bases and another walk wins.
    Coletti don’t ya trade em or let them go.
    We ain’t got much in the minor league store.
    .
    Iiiiiiif you see Juans a comin’, better look real fine,
    When Manny gits back they’re both on the pine.
    But for now their at bats they’re git their fill,
    If Juan don’t git ya,
    Then the other Juan will.
    .
    You have two thin Juans and what do ya get?
    A walk to load the bases and another walk wins.
    Coletti don’t ya trade em or let them goooooo.
    We aaaaain’t gooooot muu-uuu-uuch in the minor league store.

    Title: Two Thin Juans
    CD: Power drain
    ©NedCo Broken Records 2009

  70. nellyjune

    His enchantedness is baaaaack!!!!!!! LOL!!!! Fabulous song sir!!! That is great. What a change in thinking from a few weeks ago,huh?

  71. trublu4ever

    NellyJune ~ That can’t be the “real” Enchanted! If it is, somebody took him away and brainwashed him!! Oh, please, bring back the Enchanted we all remember so fondly.
    .
    By the way, whoever you are, great song!!!

  72. dodge1612

    our closer has 5 wins… more than alot of teams number one pitchers can say… lol a win is a win.

  73. nellyjune

    Isn’t that great dodge!!! He is 6th on the list of leaders in the NL, but the 5 ahead of him are all tied for 1st technically, and there are 8 tied with him.
    1. B Arroyo
    CIN 6 3 5.79 9 9 0 0 0 0 56.0 62 36 36 12 3 21 29
    1. C Billingsley
    LAD 6 1 2.51 9 9 0 0 0 0 61.0 41 18 17 1 4 29 63
    1. D Lowe
    ATL 6 2 3.45 10 10 0 0 0 0 62.2 52 24 24 2 2 22 39
    1. J Marquis
    COL 6 3 4.45 9 9 1 0 0 0 60.2 59 33 30 6 0 19 27
    1. J Santana
    NYM 6 2 1.50 9 9 0 0 0 0 60.0 49 17 10 4 2 14 75
    6. J Broxton
    LAD 5 0 1.17 20 0 0 0 11 13 23.0 7 3 3 0 1 7 35
    6. M Cain
    SF 5 1 2.40 9 9 1 0 0 0 60.0 54 16 16 6 0 25 41
    6. Z Duke
    PIT 5 4 2.77 9 9 2 1 0 0 65.0 55 22 20 4 2 15 39
    6. T Lilly
    CHC 5 3 3.35 8 8 0 0 0 0 51.0 41 20 19 10 0 12 43
    6. S Martis
    WSH 5 0 4.53 8 8 1 0 0 0 47.2 45 25 24 4 1 19 23
    6. R Ohlendorf
    PIT 5 4 4.20 9 9 0 0 0 0 55.2 49 27 26 9 4 14 27
    6. J Pineiro
    STL 5 3 3.48 8 8 1 1 0 0 54.1 59 25 21 2 1 7 19
    6. W Rodriguez
    HOU 5

  74. Dodger4life

    Good Morning ITD, Dodger Faithful….
    .
    Nice Enchanted, that is the opposite of Pat Boone goes metal though….LOL!!!!
    .
    WIN THE RUBBER MATCH TODAY BOYS!!!!
    .
    Keep up the intensity and ride the wave to the end… Boy’s!!!
    .
    jungar passed this song to me 🙂
    .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f77kgRY970E
    .
    UP THE BEACH ( This Is Our Town )
    .
    Dodger Blue Forever!!!!!
    .

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