Yesterday in Dodger Baseball -- April 12

<b>LOS ANGELES, California</b>--Before a record regular-season crowd of 55,892 delighted fans, the Dodgers pulled one out of the fire, scoring four in the ninth with Milton Bradley lining a solid two-run single with the bases loaded in the last of the ninth that skipped through the left fielder and allowed the winning run to gallop across the plate.

S.F. had scored five in the first inning and took an 8-3 lead in the fourth before the Dodgers struggled back uphill for the win, knocking the Giants out of a first place tie and claiming the top spot with a 5-2 record.

Jeff Weaver was nailed for eight runs in three innings but Buddy Carlyle, D.J. Houlton and Giovanni Carrara (1-0) each worked two scoreless innings to make the impossible possible.

Jason Repko slugged a two-run homer in the first and Jason Phillips singled in a run in the second before Bradley knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and Olmedo Saenz doubled in another in the sixth to cut the Giants lead to 8-5.

In the last of the ninth, pinch-hitter Hee-Seop Choi walked with one out, Cesar Izturis lined his third hit of the day --he has had two or more hits in six of the first seven games -- and with two out JD Drew walked. Jeff Kent also walked to force in the first run of the inning and Bradley, who was 0-for-7 against Armando Benitez, hit a shot to left that knocked in two to tie the game and the ball rolled under the fielders glove to allow the third run to score.

/b>--Derek Lowe, sore elbow and all and with the Dodgers' blessing, went back to Boston to get his World Series ring in a distinctive ceremony. Special Boston jerseys were passed out for players who are not now on the team and Lowe wore his to accept the ring.

Donning the jersey caused a furor on sports talk radio and television. Lowe, who expressed surprise about all the fuss it made, was handed the jersey shortly before the celebration began, and gets to keep it or give it to charity. It must have been a slow news day since Dave Roberts, now with the Padres, wore his but drew no fire for it.

Dodger Manager Jim Tracy said he had not problem with Lowe wearing the jersey. "Absolutely not," He said when asked if it bothered him. "There are people who have played this game a long time who never had an opportunity to experience what he did yesterday."

A number of Dodger players echoed his sentiments. As Will Shakespeare wrote in the production quoted above (act V), Lowe was nearly "Done to death by slanderous tongues."

Dodger Blue Notes--Outfielder Jayson Werth has waited six weeks for his broken wrist to heal and has an MRI Monday in Los Angeles to check the progress. … In Florida, Brad Penny is scheduled to pitch five innings in a Florida State League game for the Vero Beach Dodgers against the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Morris who is also rehabbing. Dodger officials said if things go well, Penny could start for the Dodgers on April 24 against the Rockies. … Wilson Alvarez also will begin a Minor League rehabilitation soon. Manager Jim Tracy wants his pitch count up to 70-75 before being they will activate him. … Closer Eric Gagné is not close to returning, in fact he hasn't even picked up a ball yet. … Jason Repko, who hit his second career homer in the home opener against the Giants, is the first #1 draft choice to reach the Major Leagues for the Dodgers since Paul Konerko, who was drafted in 1994. … Odalis Perez will start in the final game of the two-game series and has won his last three decisions against the Giants.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah--Salt Lake dumped Las Vegas 7-1 Tuesday night. The 51s dropped to 1-3. Willy Aybar collected the first hit in the sixth inning. The Las Vegas run came in the ninth inning when Nick Theodorou tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chin-Feng Chen.

Las Vegas will open their home schedule on Friday, April 15 against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox inn the first game of an eight-game home stand from April 15-22. The home opener will feature fireworks after the final out. Saturday's is Seat Cushion Night, given out to the first 2,500 fans in attendance. The 2005 magnetic schedules will also be given out to fans over the first two games. The 51s will host the Salt Lake Stingers in a four-game series April 19-22. The finale of the eight-game home stand on Friday, April 22 will feature 51s T-Shirt Night.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– Eric Langill's game-tying, two-run single in the seventh inning was wasted as the magic ran out for the Suns in a 3-2 defeat to Huntsville. The Suns (3-3) managed three consecutive singles to begin the game, but failed to score. The next hit for the Suns was Langill's which came with the bases loaded and none out in the seventh. Beau Dannemiller (0-2) took the loss in his second consecutive outing. He allowed back-to-back hits in the eighth inning which gave the Stars the lead to keep. Dannemiller loaded the bases in the ninth before giving way to Luis Gonzalez, who induced an out on one pitch to keep the game close. The Stars scored the first two runs of the season off Suns starter Chad Billingsley in the first inning.

JUPITER, Florida --Justin Ruggiano cranked two home runs to lead the Dodgers to a 14-5 victory Palm Beach. Cory Dunlap added three doubles and drove in three runs to help Vero snap a 4-game losing streak. Chuck Tiffany turned in another stellar starting pitching performance. He tossed five innings, allowing one run, and struck out eight Cardinals. The series concludes today at 10:35 AM when Brad Penney is scheduled to make the start and Matt Morris is slated to go for the Cardinals, also in a injury rehab start. Vero Beach jumped out early, scoring four runs in the first inning. Chin-lung Hu drew a one-out walk and scored on a double by Trey Dyson. Andy LaRoche singled home Dyson. Anthony Raglani followed with a ground-rule double and one out later, Dunlap delivered his first double of the night -- and the season -- to score both baserunners. The Cardinals countered with a run in the bottom of the first but Tiffany rebounded to strike out the next two batters. He has now fanned a total of 19 hitters this year in only 10 innings pitched. Tiffany notched the win to improve to 2-0 this year. Ruggiano led off the second inning with his first home run of the night to make it 1-0, then the Dodgers broke it open in the third. Vero Beach rapped out six straight hits to start the inning. The highlight was a two-run triple by Tony Abreu. Ruggiano capped the scoring with another leadoff homer in the fifth inning. He finished 3-5 with 3 RBI.

CHARLESTON, S.C--Charleston pitching befuddled Columbus in an 8-0 win. The Stingers gave had four shutouts in five starts to open the Southern League season. After winning their first game of the season a night earlier, the Catfish fell to 1-4 as pitcher Landestoy Trancoso (0-1) was tagged for five runs and seven hits in four innings. Reliever Phil Sobkow fared no better, allowing five hits and three runs in two innings. Only three Columbus baserunners, Travis Denker, James Peterson and Lucas May, reached scoring position. Peterson had the only extra-base hit, a ninth-inning double.

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