Lefty Greg Miller impresses Little

Dodger manager Grady Little had some high praise for yet another of the young Dodgers coming up through the farm system. Left-hander Greg Miller has been impressing his manager every day, reminding Little why Miller was the talk of baseball in 2003, earning him the Dodger organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year as a 19-year old.

"Don't be surprised to see Greg Miller wearing a Dodger uniform in Los Angles this season," said Little. "Of all the young players I saw from 2006 until now, he has shown the most improvement."

LITTLE AND MR. SUNSHINE-- The Dodgers went through their normal workouts this morning and Randy Wolf, Chad Billingsley, Scott Elbert, Travis Smith, Rudy Seanez, Chin-hui Tsao, Tim Hamulack, Jonathan Meloan and Zach Hammes all tossed a bullpen session. On the last Sunday before exhibition games start, the mood was loose as second baseman Jeff Kent playfully crept behind Dodger manager Grady Little and dabbed his mouth with a towel while he conducted  the morning media session from a Dodgertown golf cart. "I think you've been talking too much," said Kent. Little countered, "Come here, Jeff, we were just about to talk about the time you stole third base last year." The Dodger skipper later went on to say that the signal for pitcher Brad Penny to steal third would be third base coach Rich Donnelly jumping into the air and never coming down.   

NOTES ON A CONTRACT(S)-- The Dodgers have signed the following players in Major League camp to one-year contracts: Jonathan Broxton, Jason Repko, Tim Hamulack, Hong-Chih Kuo, Chad Billingsley, Matt Kemp, Zach Hammes, Eric Hull and Greg Miller.     

DODGER BABEL-- One of this year's Oscar nominees for best picture is the film, "Babel", which takes place on three continents and four countries while being performed in four different languages. This Spring Training, the Dodgers represent three continents (Panama is transcontinental), speak five languages (English, Spanish, Japanese, French and Chinese) and hail from seven different countries (The United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, The Dominican Republic and Panama.)    

THE LAST KING OF DODGERTOWN-- Amazingly, Dodger pinch-hitter extraordinaire Olmedo Saenz is now the longest tenured Dodger and will be entering his fourth year with the club. Saenz first came to Dodgertown in 2004 a non-roster invitee and made the club as the primary right-handed bat off the bench. The native of Panama then set career highs in 2005 with 109 games, 84 hits, 15 homers and 63 RBI. Last season, Saenz slugged a career-best .564 and tied for second in the NL with 15 pinch-hits. The corner infielder needs nine pinch-hits this year to move into fourth on the Dodger franchise list.   

OSCAR PREDICTIONS-- Several movie-going Dodgers weighed in with their picks for tonight's Academy Awards ceremony. Andre Ethier was annoyed that "Dreamgirls" didn't get a Best Picture nod, but is assuaged by the fact that Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy will have a chance to take home statues for their roles in the film. Brett Tomko thought Will Smith's performance in "The Pursuit of Happyness" made him deserving of a Best Actor trophy and Mike Lieberthal, who has seen four of the five nominated films, tabbed "Little Miss Sunshine" as his favorite film of 2006.  

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