Dodgers hire Reuss as radio analyst

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have hired Jerry Reuss to serve as the radio color analyst on KFWB 980 for 37 games during the 2006 season, according to Dodger Chief Marketing Officer Tagg Romney.

"Jerry is an experienced broadcaster who brings a solid playing background to the radio booth alongside Rick Monday," said Romney. "With the two of them playing integral roles on the 1981 World Championship club, it's only fitting that they be reunited in the booth during the 25th anniversary of that great team."

Reuss, who pitched for the Dodgers from 1979-87 and twice won 18 games for Los Angeles, was an analyst for ESPN from 1991-93 and the Triple-A Las Vegas Stars in 1994 and 1995. A member of the 1981 World Champion Dodgers, he

Reuss led the National League in shutouts with six in 1980 and pitched a no-hitter against the San Fracisco Giants on June 27, 1980, winning 8-0. Bill Russell's error at shortstop allowed the only runner in the game. Reuss was second in the Cy Young voting that year'

Reuss also pitched for St. Louis, Houston, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, California, Milwaukee and the Chicago White Sox. He finished his career with a 220-191 record and a 3.64 earned run averaage over 3,667 innings. He was an All-Star in 1975 and 1980, was the Dodgers opening day starter in 1982 and pitched in 11 post-season games and had a 3.59 ERA.

The 22-year big league veteran has also served as a minor league coach in the Cubs' and Mets' systems and spent two seasons as a color analyst with the Angels in 1997-98.

The former left-handed pitcher will serve as the analyst for road games outside of the National League West when Charley Steiner shifts over to television with Steve Lyons. Reuss served as a guest analyst for three games this spring alongside Monday and Reuss' former radio broadcast partner, Russ Langer, who calls the games for the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

In 2005, the trio of Scully, Monday and Steiner were ranked by USA Today as the best radio broadcast team in Major League Baseball, based on a technical rating, a fan rating and an entertainment rating. The trio earned 28.5 points out of a possible 30.

Lose to Cardinals-- Veteran observers can tell when the spring training teams are about ready to break camp and move into games that really count. One sign is the makeup of the team roster -- the more regulars, the closer they are.

This day wasn't close. No Dodger starters were in action, save pitcher Brad Penny and his fate resembled the one that befell Derek Lowe the night before -- after a good start the wheels fell off in the third inning, three runs scored. Game over.

The Dodger offense consisted of a fifth inning home run by Ricky Ledee, his second of the season, Olmedo Sanez singled twice and Oscar Robles, Ramon Martinez and Willie Aybar also weighed in with singles.

Penny was tagged for five runs and seven hits in four innings, boosting his earned run average to 5.66, while recording his second loss in three decisions.

Four Dodger pitchers followed him and didn't allow a run, giving up just three hits.

Hong-Chih Kuo, rapidly proving he can perform in with only a days rest between assignments, worked his normal inning -- no earned runs and three strikeouts. It gives him an even dozen strikeouts in nine innings over seven games.

Franquelis Osoria worked a scoreless innings, giving up neither a hit or a walk, and lowered his ERA to 1.80. Jonathan BBroxton(0.1) and Kelly Wunsch (0.2) completed the game with another zero in the eighth.
  Dodgers    ab r h bi ave
Robles 2b     4 0 1 0 .225
Martinez, ss  4 0 1 0 .316
Guzman lf     4 0 0 0 .294
Saenz 1b      3 0 2 0 .278
Truby 1b      1 0 0 0 .133
Ledee rf      3 1 1 1 .353
  Osoria p    0 0 0 0 .000
  Broxton p   0 0 0 0 .000
  Wunsch p    0 0 0 0 .000
  *Ross ph    1 0 0 0 .333
Aybar 3b      4 0 1 0 .196
Repko cf      4 0 0 0 .261
Martin c      2 0 0 0 .323
Penny p       1 0 0 0 .000
  #Duncan     1 0 0 0 .000
  Kuo p       0 0 0 0 .000
  Kemp rf     1 0 0 0 .114
Dodgers      33 1  6 1 
St. Louis    32 5 10 5

   Score by innings
Dodgers   000 010 000-1
St. Louis 101 300 00x-5

  Errors- Martin, Repko. LOB- Dodgers 6, 
St. Louis 8. DP- Wunsch, Martinez and

  Dodgers      in  h r-er bb so era
Penny (l, 1-2) 4.0 7 5-5  2  2 5.66
Kuo            1.0 2 0-0  0  3 0.00
Osoria         1.0 1 0 0  0  0 1.80
Broxton        0.1 1 0-0  0  0 6.00
Wunsch         0.2 0 0-0  0  0 6.00  
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