Dodgers Pay Tribute to Robinson With Win

It seemed like old times Sunday night with No. 42 stealing five bases and the Dodgers winning 9-3. Of course, No. 42 also banged out 13 hits and had nine runs batted in because everyone wore Jackie Robinson's number on this special day, celebrating the 60th anniversary of his first major league game in Brooklyn.

After an elaborate pre-game ceremony that included each member of the team wearing Robinson's number -- as did over 200 players, coaches and managers all over the Major Leagues -- broadcaster Vin Scully served as master of ceremonies as Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson threw out ceremonial first pitches.

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson sang "The Star-Spangled Banner." Dodger official Don Newcombe, the Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player in 1956, and Robinson's teammate and friend was on hand along with Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.

Commissioner Bud Selig said, "I've often said that baseball's most powerful moment in its really terrific history was Jackie Robinson's coming into baseball. It's an incredible story - not just for baseball, but for society."

He introduced Robinson's widow, Rachel, who spoke briefly and was presented with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award for her work with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, formed in 1973 to raise scholarship money for qualified minorities. Robinson died in October 1972 at age 53.

Ceremonies were held at 10 of the 15 big league ballparks where games were scheduled Sunday - rain washed out games at the five other sites.

A sellout crowd of 55,298, saw the Dodgers emulate Robinson who collected 197 career stolen bases, including home an record 19 times, by stealing five bases, the most since the club pinched seven Aug. 23, 1999 against Milwaukee.

Shortstop Rafael Furcal had two steals and second baseman Jeff Kent, Juan Pierre and catcher Russell Martin, added one, with Martin's tying for the club lead (4) with Pierre.

Martin, who stole 10 his rookie season, has a good start on the record for catchers, 17, set by Lew Ritter in 1904, some 104 years earlier.

Los Angeles snapped Padres starter Chris Young's streak of 25 consecutive road starts without a loss, knocking Young out of the game after two having allowed seven hits and five run, four of them earned.

The top four in the lineup: Furcal, Pierre, Nomar Garciaparra and Kent, had only two hits and two runs, while the 5-6-7-8 hitters: Luis Gonzalez, Martin, Andre Ethier and Wilson Valdez, slammed out 10 hits, scored seven times and knocked in all nine runs.

Andre Ethier's slumbering bat awakened and he singled, doubled and hit his first home run of the season. Third baseman Wilson Valdez, who is making himself too valuable to lose, singled twice and doubled. boosting his average to .417 and Martin and Gonzalez each had a pair of hits.

In an emotional homecoming, L.A. native Randy Wolf won his first game as a Dodger in his first start at Dodger Stadium. He allowed three earned runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Dodgers relievers Joe Beimel, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito each pitched one scoreless inning to preserve Wolf's fine victory.

Ethier, speaking for many of the Dodgers, said "It was an emotional experience to see everyone wearing No. 42. I don't know if we were worthy to wear 42. He was ahead of his time."

All of the No. 42 jerseys will be signed and auctioned. But a smiling Dodgers' manager Grady Little said "We might keep those jerseys around a bit."

The win boosted the Dodgers to 8-4 on the young season, just one-half game behind Arizona who is their next opponent tonight.
 Score by innings
Padres	001 101 000-3
Dodgers	122 001 03x-9

 Dodgers	ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss	3  1  0  1  .250
Pierre cf	5  0  0  0  .180
Garciaparra 1b	3  1  1  0  .289
Kent  2b	4  1  1  0  .262
Gonzalez lf	5  1  2  1  .318
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
Martin c	4  3  3  2  .366
Ethier rf	5  2  3  4  .231
Valdez 3b	5  0  3  1  .417
Wolf p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Anderson ph	1  0  0  0  .167
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Clark lf	0  0  0  0  .308
    Totals	35 9 13 9
    Padres	33 3  3 3

  Error- Martin (2), 2B- Valdez (2), 
Gonzalez (2), Ethier (2), Kent (4), 
Garciaparra (4), Martin (2). HR- 
Ethier (1). RBI- Gonzalez (1), Valdez (
3), Furcal (3), Ethier 4 (4), Martin 2
 (7). S- Wolf. LOB- Los Angeles 11, 
San Diego 5. SB- Martin (4), Pierre 
(4), Kent (1), Furcal 2 (2). DP-   

 Dodgers	 in  h  r-er bb so era
Wolf (2-1)	6.0  6  3-3  1  7  4.00
Beimel	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  1.80
Broxton 	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Saito	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.35
 Time- 3:08. Att- 55,298.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Hong-Chih Kuo, rehabbing a strained left shoulder muscle, threw off a mound for the second time on Sunday. He said he will have at least one more bullpen session before he goes off for a Minor League rehab assignment. ...Mark Hendrickson may not like his relief role but he has an ERA of 1.64 through 11 innings. He hired noted sports psychologist Ken Ravizza last year and it turned his career around. "I was struggling and it's probably one of the best things I've done for my career." He worked three scoreless innings in the Dodger home opener and allowed run run in five against San Diego in the second game of the Padres series. ...Brad Penny, off to fast start at 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA, starts Monday in Arizona against Edgar Gonzalez (1-0, 4.50). Penny is 5-2 with a 2.11 ERA lifetime against Arizona and is coming off 6.1 scoreless innings against Colorado.

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