Yesterday in Dodger Baseball -- April 11

Jeff Weaver starts for the Dodgers today in the home opener against the San Francisco Giants. His 2005 debut last Wednesday against the Giants was perhaps his best as a Dodger, working eight scoreless innings and earning a win in the rubber game of the series. The pregame festivities including Hall of Famer Duke Snider, representing the franchise's first world championship 50 years ago, throwing out the first pitch.

There will be a flyover by a stealth bomber, a pregame concert by the rock group "Lifehouse" and the U.S. Navy parachute team will drop in with the game ball.

Eric Gagné will be receive his second Rolaids Relief Man Award and Cesar Izturis will be presented his Rawlings Gold Glove. The "Guinness World Records" book will recognize the organization for the highest cumulative attendance for a baseball franchise. Dodgers players and staff will greet fans at selected turnstiles as they enter Dodger Stadium.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado--The Las Vegas 51s scheduled Pacific Coast League game against the Salt Lake Stingers on Monday, April 11 has been postponed due to heavy snow in the area that closed the airport. The 51s will arrive in Salt Lake tonight. The 51s and Stingers will now play a three-game series at Covey Field from April 12-14. The two teams will make up the Monday game as part of a double-header when the 51s return to Salt Lake from July 22-25.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--The Suns celebrated their two-year anniversary at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville with a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind, 20-inning victory Monday night. After being held to a pair of singles over the first seven innings, they for five runs in the bottom of the ninth to forge a 6-6 tie, and then added the game-winner in the 10th to post a 7-6 win over the Huntsville Stars. Jacksonville trailed 6-0 entering the bottom of the eighth, having been outhit at that point, 15-2. Delwyn Young got Jacksonville on the scoreboard with a home run in the eighth and in the ninth the Suns mixed three singles, a walk and two wild pitches to score three runs, then Todd Donovan's two-run single tied the game. The Suns won in the 10th Joel Guzman walked, was bunted to second and catcher Russell Martin doubled to left field, scoring Guzman. Lefty Luis Gonzalez picked up his first win of the year by pitching a scoreless 10th.

JUPITER, Florida--A late rally fell short and the Dodgers dropped a 5-4 decision to Palm Beach running their losing streak to four. The Dodgers jumped into a 3-0 lead in the first when Tony Abreu doubled and scored on Chin-lung Hu's first hit. One out late Hu scored on Trey Dyson's ground ball. Dyson later scored on Tony Raglani's first single. The Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the first off starter Jonathan Figueroa but he then retired nine of the next 11 batters before allowing a two-run homer that tied the game 3-3. Reliever Casey Hoorelbeke allowed a pair of runs in the fourth and took the loss. Hu singled in the ninth and scored on a Dyson single to cut the deficit to 5-4 but a double play ended the game. Hu and Raglani each had three hits each.

CHARLESTON, South Carolina--The Catfish trailed 5-0 after three but rallied to take a 6-5 lead in the seventh before allowing two in the bottom of the inning to lose. Blake DeWitt walked to open the fourth inning and Travis Denker reached on an error. With two out, Daniel Batz doubled both runners across and David Nicholson singled for the third run. Batz had a pair of singles and a double. Blake Johnson started and worked four innings. Albenis Castillo (0-1) gave up the winning runs in the seventh.

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories