Broxton Nominated for Setup Man of the Year

Dodger relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton is one of ten nominees for Major League Baseball's Setup Man of the Year award as part of MLB's 2006 This Year in Baseball Awards. Broxton began the season with Triple-A Las Vegas before being called up to the Majors on May 1.

During his rookie campaign, he appeared in 68 games for the Dodgers, which ranked second on the club and fifth among all National League rookies. The hard-throwing right-hander posted a 4-1 record with a 2.59 ERA in 76.1 innings pitched on the season while striking out 97 batters which ranked third among all National League relievers.

Also nominated as a candidate for MLB's Closer of the Year is Dodger rookie Takashi Saito. Saito appeared in 72 games for the Dodgers, setting the Dodger franchise rookie record for saves with 24 which led all National League rookies. The Japan native posted a 6-2 record with a 2.07 ERA and 107 strikeouts.

Fans can log onto to cast their vote for the 2006 This Year in Baseball Awards to help select their top moments in the following categories: Closer, Starter, Postseason Moment, Defense, Setup, Hitter, Play, Blooper, Rookie, Performance and Manager. Voting closes on Dec. 8 with the winners to be announced on Dec. 14.

BACK IN ACTION- Former Cy Young Award winner and current Dodger broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela earned his first win of the winter season for Mexicali of the Mexican Pacific League, helping the Aguilas to a 9-3 victory over Guasave on Nov. 4.

Valenzuela tossed 5.1 innings while facing 20 batters, surrendering two runs on four hits while allowing one walk and striking out one. Through his first two starts, Valenzuela has pitched 9.2 innings, compiling a 4.66 ERA while fanning three batters.

In Saturday's win, Fernando Valenzuela Jr. helped his team and his father's winning effort by going 1-for-3 at the plate, slugging his fourth homer of the season. The young first baseman is hitting .282 (21-for-71) with two doubles, four homers and 11 RBI. Mexicali is currently sixth in the Mexican Pacific League with a 9-12 record.

DODGERS ARE TOPPS- Minor League Baseball and Topps announced their 2006 TOPPS Minor League Baseball selections for the 2006 season.

Among the 16 honorees selected as the Topps/Minor League Baseball Players of the Year, in their respective leagues is the Dodgers' 2006 first-round draft pick Clayton Kershaw who was named the Gulf Coast League's Player of the Year.

The 18-year-old southpaw appeared in 10 games (8 starts) for the GCL Dodgers, posting a 2-0 record with one save while posting a 1.95 ERA. He tossed a total of 37.0 innings while striking out 54 batters which tied him for third in the league. Among the 16 players selected, Kershaw was the only pitcher to earn the TOPPS Minor League Baseball Player-of-the-Year award.

Dodger first baseman James Loney was named by TOPPS and Minor League Baseball to the 2006 Triple-A All-Star Team at first base. In 98 games with Las Vegas, the left-handed hitting Loney batted an impressive .380 (139-for-366) with 33 doubles, eight home runs and 67 RBI.

His .380 batting average was more than enough to claim the 2006 Pacific Coast League batting title, finishing the season 43 points ahead of any other qualifying batter in the league. He also led all of minor league baseball in batting average.

GENTLEMEN START YOUR ENGINES- Dodger pitcher Derek Lowe and Manager Grady Little are two of 20 athletes participating in the NASCAR NEXTEL Chase Tracker. Prior to the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway (Sept. 17), each of the 20 contestants filled out the Chase Tracker grid with their predictions of the order of the Chase drivers after each race as well as the predicted winne, for each of the final 10 races of the season.

Points are awarded for correct picks following each event. The Chase Tracker point totals have Lowe in second place, six points behind four-time World Boxing Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Grady Little currently ranks 16th, one point behind New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Athletes participating in the Chase Tracker include Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, San Diego Padres Jake Peavy and Alan Embree, Atlanta Braves Marcus Giles and Mike Hampton and New York Yankee Johnny Damon. The NASCAR NEXTEL Chase Tracker game will conclude with the NASCAR Season on November 19 following the final race.

START ME UP- The Rolling Stones will continue their two-year "A Bigger Bang" tour with a performance at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 22, marking the tour's second stop in Los Angeles.

The concert that was originally scheduled for Nov. 18 was pushed back in order for Stones lead signer Mick Jagger to recover from recent throat problems. This concert will be the second-to-last stop on the North American leg of the world tour, which will conclude three days later in Vancouver, BC.

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