White Sox Play Host to Dodgers at CBR

The Dodgers will tango today with the White Sox for the third time this spring, after the squads split the first two, on March 1 and March 5. Los Angeles and Chicago will face off just one more time, with that contest coming on March 28. In the regular season, the two clubs will square off in Interleague Play as the Dodgers visit the South Side of Chicago from June 23-25.

  AROUND THE WORLD: The Dodgers were well represented in the first round of play in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Two-time All-Star catcher Russell Martin, playing for Team Canada, went 2-for-4 with a home run, double, and three runs scored against Team USA. Dodger closer Jonathan Broxton didn't appear for the Unites States yesterday, but is slated to appear in the game against Venezuela tomorrow. In the Netherlands upset win over the Dominican Republic, Dodger minor league catcher Kenley Jensen, made a key play in the ninth inning as he gunned down Willie Taveras at third base with one out, wiping out the potential tying run. Elsewhere in Pool C, Venezuela played Italy and Valentino Pascucci went 1-for-2 with a walk as the Designated Hitter while infielder Luis Maza didn't play for the Venezuelans. To open the games a few days ago, World Baseball Classic Global Ambassador Tommy Lasorda threw out the Honorary First Pitch.

  CASEY AT THE BAT (AND FIELD): Dodger infielder Casey Blake made his first start since February 25 yesterday, starting as the designated hitter. Today, Blake is back on the diamond, starting foe Dodger Manager Joe Torre at third base.  

  DUDE, AUTOGRAPHS AT THE RANCH: This afternoon is the first "Autograph Day" at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. A total of 24 players will sign for the fans from Noon until 12:20 p.m. The 12 Dodgers expected to participate are Chad Billingsley, Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt, Scott Elbert, Andre Ethier, Hiroki Kuroda, James Loney, Mark Loretta, James McDonald, Jason Repko, Jeff Weaver, and Randy Wolf.   

  WAVES OF EXCITEMENT: Yesterday, the Dodgers set a Camelback Ranch record in attendance as 11,896 fans glistened in the sun, walked the concourses, and enjoyed the game from their seats. Earlier Saturday, the Dodgers made 2009 regular season single-game tickets available for the first time and 49,000 tickets flew off the shelf, representing a 33% increase from the 2008 on-sale date. Single-game tickets for the regular season went on sale yesterday via dodgers.com, via telephone (866-DODGERS), and at TicketMaster outlets and the Dodger Stadium box office.

   HONORING A LEGEND: Tomorrow night, Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will receive a 2009 AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Award (AMEE) back at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The AMEEs were established in 2002 to honor AFTRA members in three fields: Sound Recordings, News and Broadcasting, and Entertainment. Past winners have included Roberta Flack, Don Hewitt and the cast of 60 Minutes, Susan Lucci, Sam Donaldson, and Maureen McGovern.

   THE SOUTHPAW KID: Dodger left-hander Clayton Kershaw will make his third start of the spring this afternoon. Kershaw is set to hit the legal drinking age in exactly 11 days and last year became the fourth-youngest starter in Los Angeles Dodger history. In his 21 starts last season, the Dodgers posted a 13-8 record.

   HURLERS AT THE BALLPARK: Following Clayton Kershaw to the mound will be RHP James McDonald, LHP Scott Elbert, LHP Stephen Randolph, and RHP Travis Chick. The White Sox will counter with RHP Gavin Floyd.

   ROSTER MOVES: This morning, Dodger Manager Joe Torre announced that left-handed pitcher Carmen Cali and right-handed pitcher Edgar Martinez were reassigned to minor league camp.

   JUST WIN: The Dodgers Women's Initiatives Network (DodgersWIN) will present a baseball clinic at Camelback Ranch – Glendale on Saturday, March 28.  Dodger legends Maury Wills, Ron Cey, Don Newcombe, Mike Davis, and Bob Welch will lead the two-hour clinic, which will take place immediately following the afternoon's 1:05 p.m. Dodgers-White Sox Spring Training game.  Registration is $50 per person and is open to fans 15 years of age or older.  A ticket to that afternoon's game is not needed to participate in the clinic, but can be purchased separately. Fans can sign up for this special opportunity at dodgers.com/WIN. Additional information is available by calling 323-224-2646.

   LEADERS OF THE PACK: Outfielders Mitch Jones and Xavier Paul lead the Dodgers with eight RBI and infielder Blake DeWitt is second with seven. Jones leads the club with three home runs and utilityman Doug Mientkiewicz is the only other Dodger with at least two home runs. Paul leads the Dodgers with 10 hits, and is batting .385 (10-for-26) overall. INF Juan Castro ranks second with seven hits, batting .467 (7-for-15).

   "X" MARKS THE SPOT: Speaking of Xavier Paul, tonight the outfielder can be heard at 6:30 p.m. on KABC's DodgerTalk with Ken Levine and Josh Suchon. In addition, the duo will talk to Dodger Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda about the ongoing 2009 World Baseball Classic. The semi-finals and finals of the classic will take at Dodger Stadium from March 21-23.

   "B" YOURSELF: The Dodgers and White Sox have scheduled another "B" game for Monday at 9:30 a.m. on the replica field of U.S Cellular Field.

   UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES: Monday, March 9 at Texas Rangers- RHP Jason Schmidt, RHP Claudio Vargas, LHP Eric Milton and LHP Erick Threets.

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