Lambo and Koss May See Action Today

OF Andrew Lambo and RHP Paul Koss are among eight players from the minor leagues who will be in uniform with the big club today as the Dodgers play host to Kansas City. It is also Military Day, with members of the armed forces admitted at half price.

OF Andrew Lambo is the Dodgers' No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America and the No. 2 prospect according to LADugout.com. The 20-year-old was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of Newbury Park High School.  Lambo last year hit .288 with 15 homers and 79 RBI in 123 games with Single-A Great Lakes before being promoted to Double-A Jacksonville for the final week of the season. 

With Jacksonville, he earned Southern League Player of the Week honors for the week of August 25-September 1, when he batted .389 (14-for-36) with three homers and 12 RBI in eight games.

Koss was selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2007 draft. The Inglewood-born 23-year-old was a mid-season California League All-Star last year with Single-A Inland Empire.  He went 3-2 with 14 saves and a 3.50 ERA in 48 appearances. 

The Dodgers take on the Kansas City Royals after playing five of their previous seven games on the road. The Dodgers begin a stretch of playing four straight at home, their final four contests of the inaugural Camelback Ranch slate. 

Los Angeles finishes out their Cactus League schedule with a game at Arizona (Tucson) on Tuesday and a game at San Francisco (Scottsdale) on Wednesday.

  A LOOK AT THE ROSTER: The Dodgers have 41 players in big league camp.  Among the 41 players are 20 pitchers, including 12 right-handers and eight left-handers.  There are nine non-roster invitees still in camp, including six hurlers.  

MANNY WATCH: LF Manny Ramirez on Wednesday at Maryvale (Brewers) made his third start in left field, his second since returning from an aggravated left hamstring.  He did not travel to Tucson yesterday for the Dodgers' game against the Rockies. 

Manny is in the lineup today, playing left field and batting third. The 12-time All-Star hit his first home run of the spring on Tuesday against the Mariners, a solo blast off left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith in the first inning.  Ramirez signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers on March 4.

  DO THE HIROKI POKI: RHP Hiroki Kuroda today makes his sixth appearance of the spring, his fifth in Cactus League play. The Japanese hurler, who will start Opening Day on April 6 at San Diego, last worked Saturday against the Brewers in a Double-A game at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.  

Kuroda last year played the role of ace in the 2008 playoffs, going 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA 2 ER/12.1 IP) in two clutch starts. Kuroda was the winning pitcher in the Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cubs, when the Dodgers clinched their first playoff-series victory in 20 years.

Kuroda also beat the eventual World Champion Phillies in Game 3 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium. Last season was Kuroda's first in the Major Leagues after spending the previous 11 seasons pitching for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in the Japanese Central league. The 34-year-old finished 2008 going 9-10 with a 3.73 ERA over 31 starts.  A list of Kuroda's five spring outings:  

Following Kuroda on the hill today are RHP Jeff Weaver, RHP Guillermo Mota, and LHP Hong-Chih Kuo.  

  DDF AUCTION ON THE WEB: Dodgers.com and the Dodgers Dream Foundation are hosting an auction for autographed St. Patrick's Day hats from the Dodgers' game with the Cubs last week.  There are 19 hats in all, including game-worn caps from Casey Blake, Juan Pierre, Matt Kemp, Blake DeWitt, James Loney, Rafael Furcal. 

There are also workout-worn caps from players who did not appear in the game, including Russell Martin, Brad Ausmus, Jeff Weaver, and Doug Mientkiewicz. To make a bid, simply go to Dodgers.com and click on the "Auction" tab.  

DOUG IS NO LUG: 1B Doug Mientkiewicz is batting .276 (8-for-29) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, and 10 RBI in just 17 games since signing a minor league deal on February 26. The six extra-base hits give him a .690 slugging percentage. 

Yesterday in Tucson against the Rockies, Mientkiewicz walked and laced a double to left field in his only two plate appearances.  Mientkiewicz, a left-handed hitter, spent the entire 2008 season with Pittsburgh after making the club as a non-roster invitee out of Spring Training.  

JUST WIN: The Dodgers Women's Initiatives Network (DodgersWIN) tomorrow will present a baseball clinic at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.  Dodger legends Tommy Lasorda, 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 Dodgers-White Sox Spring Training game. 

Fans can sign up for this special opportunity at dodgers.com/WIN, and a ticket to Saturday's game is not needed to participate. Additional information is available by calling 323-224-2646.  

UPCOMING STARTERS Saturday, March 28 at Chicago White Sox - LHP Randy Wolf.
Sunday, March 29 vs, Padres - LHP Eric Stults

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