Gordon Fourth to Steal Second, Third, Home

Dee Gordon was back in Albuquerque when the official scorer credited him with a third stolen base in the seventh inning during last Friday's 5-0 win in Anaheim. That gave him three steals in a single inning (second, third and home) and put him in the Dodgers record book in very exclusive company.

Gordon was credited with his third stolen base after a lengthy debate between the Elias Sports Bureau and official scorer Ed Munson.

On first base after forcing A.J. Ellis, who had been hit by a pitch, Gordon swiped second. Tony Gwynn walked and moments later he advanced to third on a pickoff attempt at first base. It was initially ruled a fielder's choice. With Casey Blake at the plate, Gordon and Gwynn pulled a double steal.

As a result of the change, Gordon is credited with stealing second, third and home in the inning.

Gordon is only the forth Dodgers to accomplish the unusual trifecta in the history of the franchise and the first in Los Angeles history. The previous three who accomplished the feat were Jimmy Johnston in 1916 during an 11-1 win over St. Louis, Harvey Hendrick in 1928 in a 13-1 win over Chicago and Jackie Robinson on April 23, 1954 in a 6-5 win in Pittsburgh that took 13 innings. All four performances have come in a Dodgers win.

Kemp Excited about Home Run Derby
Matt Kemp will get his wish. He's participating in the Home Run Derby. Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder, the captain of the National League homer squad since he was the last player from the Senior Circuit to win the event, invited Kemp on Tuesday to join him in the competition next week. Kemp appears more fired up about the Home Run Derby than the actual All-Star Game.

"I'm definitely excited about it," Kemp said. "I can't wait. I watch it on television just about every year. I remember watching Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey Jr., all the big hitters on TV. Every kid that likes baseball likes the Home Run Derby."

Kemp went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases, giving him 24 this year, in the Dodgers' 6-0 loss to the Mets on Tuesday night.

With a league-leading 22 home runs, Kemp seemed a no-brainer to get selected. But there were so many worthy candidates, Fielder found himself apologizing to those who didn't make it -- including teammate Ryan Braun, and Justin Upton of the host Diamondbacks.

Three years ago, Kemp first told bullpen catcher Rob Flippo that he if ever got invited to the Home Run Derby, he would take him. Kemp stuck to his word and will bring Flippo, now in his 10th season as the club's bullpen catcher and batting-practice thrower.

"It's finally happening," Kemp said. "He's excited, too. He's always the one throwing to me, getting me ready every game."

Kemp has said repeatedly that he's not concerned about the competition messing up his swing. Manager Don Mattingly also wasn't worried, adding he's never bought into the theory that it affects players' second-half performances.

Most winners in the competition are dead pull hitters -- or do that in the competition. Kemp's power has truly been to all fields. Out of his 22 home runs, four are to left field, five to left-center, six to deep center, four to right-center and three to right field.

According to hittrackeronline, Kemp's homers have averaged 411.4 feet this year, including the 16th longest of the season, a 458-foot blast on June 10 at Coors Field.

NOTES, QUOTES
--RHP Jon Garland will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder early next week. It will be a cleanup procedure at the least, but a more intense operation might be necessary once the surgeon is inside. Garland had never gone on the disabled list before this season, but those 2,083 innings in the majors took their toll. He's been on the DL since June 2 after going 1-5 with a 4.33 ERA in nine starts this year. He was signed for $5 million to be the team's fifth starter. If he had reached 190 innings, that would have triggered an $8 million contract for next year. Garland will be out at least six months, which means he'll probably be trying to make some team on a non-guaranteed contract next year in spring training.

--RF Andre Ethier was busy Tuesday making local and national radio appearances to pump up his campaign to get elected to the All-Star Game in the "Final Vote." Ethier did all of that despite being sick with a temperature of over 100 degrees, and he didn't play in the Dodgers' loss to the Mets. The Dodgers used their official Twitter page to select eight individuals to come out to Dodger Stadium and watch the game from a suite -- while voting for Ethier on computers throughout the entire game. Billboards all over Southern California are promoting Ethier. Actress and Dodgers fan Alyssa Milano tweeted her support for Ethier to her 1.7 million followers. Ethier was second behind Phillies OF Shane Victorino in the voting as of Tuesday.

--INF Aaron Miles batted in RF Andre Ethier's customary third spot. Miles said the last time he batted third was "surprisingly, not in high school." It happened one other time in the majors. Manager Don Mattingly selected Miles because he came into the game batting .323 and there really wasn't another option because he wanted to keep most hitters in their customary lineup spots. Miles went 0-for-2, stranding two runners on base in the third inning, then was hit by a pitch in the fifth. He left the game an inning later.

--LHP Ted Lilly doubled in the third inning, but he grounded out to strand three runners on base in the fourth. On the mound, Lilly gave up two more home runs, giving him 18 this year and the Dodgers lost 6-0. They had 13 runners left on base, going 1-for-12 width runners in scoring position and fell to a season-low 13 games under .500 by dropping their fourth straight.

--Dick Crago, the longtime Holman Stadium public address announcer in Vero Beach, Fla., died over the weekend. Crago's voice was the sound of spring in Dodgertown from 1969-2008. He was a veteran of WWII and a remarkable gentleman.

BY THE NUMBERS: 43 --
Players used by the Dodgers this season, one shy of the number used by the Pirates for the most in the majors. UT Eugenio Velez became the 43rd when he pinch-hit in Monday's game. The Dodgers used 49 last year, so they're well on their way to passing that total with just less than half the season remaining.

QUOTE TO NOTE:
"He had progressive discomfort through his first nine starts, to the point that he couldn't go anymore. He tried several times to throw and wasn't able to do so without pain. He got a second opinion. This kind of gives us no choice with regard to where we want to go. Jon has had a great career in staying off the disabled list. He has pitched a lot of years with over 3,000 pitches every year. He has been one of the fortunate ones at this point." -- Trainer Stan Conte, on the season-ending shoulder surgery that RHP Jon Garland will undergo next week.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 MEDICAL WATCH:
--LHP Ted Lilly (tender left elbow) had his turn pushed back one day, and he started July 5 instead of July 4.

--3B Casey Blake (sore neck) went on the 15-day disabled list July 3. He had been playing through the ailment for several weeks.

--C Rod Barajas (sprained right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list June 19. He had a setback July 1, delaying his progress toward a rehab assignment.

--RHP Jonathan Broxton (bone bruise on right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 4. He threw a bullpen session June 7. He made rehab appearances on June 21 and 23 for Class AAA Albuquerque, but he felt tightness in his elbow when playing catch June 25. He was shut down from throwing until late July.

--RHP Jon Garland (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 2. He played catch June 21 but had to shut it down quickly. He will undergo season-ending surgery during the week of July 11-17.

--RHP Vicente Padilla (right radial nerve irritation) went on the 15-day disabled list May 14. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on May 29, but was shut down in early June due to a neck ailment. He underwent neck surgery June 16, and he will likely miss the rest of the season.

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