Dodgers Split Squad to Play Mariners, As

The Dodgers enjoy their first and only split-squad day on the 2009 Spring Training schedule, with a Joe Torre-managed team traveling to Phoenix to take on the Oakland A's while the Don Mattingly-led club goes to Peoria to duke it out with the Mariners.

  The Dodgers had their three-game Cactus League winning streak snapped yesterday with a 9-5 loss vs. Colorado.  Los Angeles tomorrow plays host to the Chicago Cubs in a St. Patrick's Day matinee, and then it's the second and final offday of the spring on Wednesday.   


A FOR EFFORT: The Dodgers and A's will meet in Interleague play for the first time since 2006. The two teams will meet for a three-game series June 16-18 at Dodger Stadium. When the clubs met in 2006, the Dodgers were swept in a three-game set at Oakland from June 16-18. The Mariners, meanwhile, will travel to Los Angeles for a three-game Interleague series from June 26-28. Last spring, the Dodgers utilized the A's home ballpark for their "home" games during Cactus League action after returning from their historic trip to China.  


MANNY'S HAMMY: Manny Ramirez yesterday played in his second game of the spring, his first as the left fielder. After serving as the designated hitter Friday vs. Texas, the 12-time All-Star started in left field yesterday vs. Colorado. Ramirez grounded out in his only plate appearance, and exited the game after the top of the fourth with continued tightness in his left hamstring.  


MAKING THEIR PITCH: Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda makes his fourth start of the spring, toeing the rubber against the Mariners in Peoria. Right-hander Jason Schmidt, meanwhile, takes the mound in Phoenix against the A's for his second Cactus League start.

  In his first start, March 9 at Texas, the 36-year-old allowed three runs on two hits and two walks in 2.0 innings. Schmidt's only other game action this spring was in a February 23 intrasquad game and a February 27 "B" game against the White Sox. He threw 1.0 inning in the intrasquad affair and 0.2 inning in the "B" game before reaching his pitch count limit. 

  Schmidt did not appear in a regular-season game in 2008 while recovering from June 20, 2007 right shoulder surgery that repaired a torn labrum and frayed biceps tendon. He went on rehabilitation assignments on three different occasions last year, and his season officially ended after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on September 10.  

 
LOOK AT THE ROSTER: The Dodgers currently have 54 players in big league camp.  That total excludes injured infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. (broken left tibia) and includes right-hander Jonathan Broxton and infielder Luis Maza, both of whom are away from camp participating in the World Baseball Classic. Among the 54 players are 27 pitchers, including 15 right-handers and 12 left-handers. There are 15 non-roster invitees still in camp, including nine pitchers.   


WHAT ABOUT BOB?: CBS's Emmy Award-winning THE PRICE IS RIGHT welcomes members of the Los Angeles Dodgers on its Wednesday episode (10:00-11:00 AM) on the CBS Television Network. Dodgers James Loney, Russell Martin, Delwyn Young, James McDonald, and Mark Loretta, and former Dodgers Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux and "Sweet" Lou Johnson will make appearances during the show, and during a special "Dodger-themed" Showcase. THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the longest-running game show in television history, is hosted by Drew Carey.   


CHANGES IN LATITUDES: Right-hander Jonathan Broxton touched 99 on the radar gun several times yesterday in tossing a perfect ninth inning to close out Team USA's 9-3 win vs. Team Netherlands in the second round of the World Baseball Classic. It was Broxton's third appearance of the WBC. He has allowed one hit while striking out four in his 3.0 innings of work. The semi-finals and finals of the World Baseball Classic will be played at Dodger Stadium from March 21-23 and tickets can still be purchased by going to www.dodgers.com.   


BLOG MAN: Minor league right-hander Javy Guerra, who was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, is writing a blog about his 2009 season at http://dodgerprospect.mlbblogs.com. Guerra enters the 2009 campaign as the Dodgers' No. 25 prospect according to Baseball America. Guerra in 2008 went 5-4 with a 4.07 ERA in 31 games (three starts) with Single-A Inland Empire. He did not allow a home run in his 66.1 innings of work. The 23-year-old Texas native pitched for Waikiki of the Hawaiian Winter League following the 2008 campaign, and he was named the 18th-best prospect in the HWL by Baseball America after posting a 4.24 ERA and striking out 28 in 23.0 innings in 11 games (one start).   


THE SCOOCH: Fresh off his return from the World Baseball Classic and Team Italy, non-roster outfielder/first baseman Valentino Pascucci has homered in both of the last two games, Saturday at the Brewers and yesterday vs. Colorado. The slugger is 7-for-12 (.583) with six RBI in seven Cactus League games overall.  Pascucci signed with the Dodgers as a minor league free agent on January 12.  

 
UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES: Tuesday, March 17 vs. Chicago Cubs- LHP Randy Wolf vs. RHP Carlos Zambrano  

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