Dodgers Spring Notes - March 10, 2011

The Dodgers and Padres will square off this afternoon for the first of two Cactus League matchups with Los Angeles making a return trip to Peoria on March 26. San Diego narrowly won the 2010 season series, edging the Dodgers with 10 wins in 18 matchups, and will host Los Angeles on April 8 at PETCO Park for the first of their 18 regular season contests.

    KERSH-AWESOME: Clayton Kershaw takes a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA into his third Spring Training start today against the Padres. The left-hander has allowed only one unearned run and has limited opposing hitters to a .136 batting average (3-for-22) with six strikeouts in 7.0 innings this spring. Kershaw will look continue his success against the Friars from 2010, when he went 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA (4 ER/21.1 IP) and limited San Diego hitters to a .205 batting average in three starts. Following Kershaw to the hill today will be RHP Jonathan Broxton, RHP Matt Guerrier, RHP Mike MacDougal, RHP Carlos Monasterios and LHP Scott Elbert.

  HOT ROD: Rod Bajaras blasted his second Spring Training home run yesterday and went 2-for-2 on the day to raise his Cactus League batting average to .400 (6-for-15). The Ontario, CA native and lifelong Dodger fan hit .297 with five home runs in just 64 at-bats after he was claimed off waivers from the Mets on Aug. 22, 2010.    

  TRON: LEGACY: Ramon Troncoso fired 1.1 scoreless innings of relief yesterday and has not allowed a run in 4.2 innings over four appearances this spring. The right-hander has limited opponents to a .188 batting average (3-for-16) with four strikeouts this spring after an up-and-down 2010. In other bullpen news, All-Star left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo made his spring debut yesterday, allowing a solo home run to Seattle's Jack Wilson in 1.0 inning of relief.  

  START ME UP: Through 13 Cactus League games, Dodger starters have posted a miniscule 1.04 ERA (4 ER/34.2 IP). The Dodgers' established four starters of Clayton Kershaw (0.00 ERA, 7.0 IP), Chad Billingsley (1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP), Ted Lilly (2.70 ERA, 3.1 IP) and Hiroki Kuroda (4.15 ERA, 4.1 IP) have posted solid springs. John Ely has also made the most of his three appearances (two starts), tossing 6.0 scoreless frames and holding the opposition to a .095 batting average (2-for-21) with seven punchouts. Non-roster hopeful Tim Redding has made the most of his spring opportunities and has yet to allow a run in 8.0 innings over three games (two starts) this spring.

  A THORN IN MY SIDE: Dodger right-hander Jon Garland was removed from yesterday's game after 1.2 innings with what was diagnosed to be a left oblique strain. Garland had an MRI yesterday afternoon and will be shut down for the next 4-5 days.   In other injury news, James Loney returned to action yesterday after missing four games due to a non-painful swollen knee. Loney played four innings in the field yesterday and is back in the starting lineup today.  

   THE DAVEY FACTOR: Dodger outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. ranks second among Major Leaguers with five stolen bases this spring and the Dodgers have swiped 16 overall, which ranks second in the National League. Just two Dodgers have been caught stealing in 13 games this spring after the club stole just 10 bases in 30 Spring Training games last season.

   TANJOUBI OMEDETOU: The Dodgers would like to wish a very happy birthday to the club's Executive Director, Asian Operations Acey Kohrogi, who is entering his 17th season with the organization. Today is also Ticketing Manager Aaron Dubner's special day.

  TOMORROWS'S PITCHERS: Chad Billingsley draws the start on the road against Oakland. Others scheduled to pitch include Blake Hawksworth, Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra.  

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