Days at Camelback Are Winding Down

The Dodgers served as the visiting team at Camelback Ranch – Glendale in a game against the Chicago White Sox. This marks their second consecutive of four games at "home," in their final four contests of their inaugural Camelback Ranch slate. L.A. finishes out its Cactus League schedule with home games tomorrow and Monday followed by a game at the DBacks and a game against the Giants.

    HEADING BACK TO LOS ANGELES: The Dodgers' equipment truck made the return trip to Los Angeles with much of the team's belongings headed back to Dodger Stadium. Dodger Clubhouse Manager Mitch Poole, visiting Clubhouse Manager Jerry Turner, and clubhouse staff members Alex Torres, Jose "Peps" Castillo, Gabriel Esparza-Torres, and Javier Herrera have been hard at work loading up the truck for several days in preparation of Thursday's exhibition home opener.  

JUST WIN: Following the game, the Dodgers Women's Initiatives Network (DodgersWIN) presented a baseball clinic at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.  Dodger legends Tommy Lasorda, Maury Wills, Ron Cey, Don Newcombe, Mike Davis, and Bob Welch led the two-hour clinic.  DodgersWIN was created by club CEO Jamie McCourt and is a network of initiatives designed to reach out to women and bring them closer to the game of baseball and its lifestyles. For more information about the program, fans can email WINevents@ladodgers.com.   

A NICE HONOR: The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Ron Cey while Sunday's first pitch will be tossed by Don Newcombe, who was recently promoted to Special Advisor to the Chairman.   

WHO WE ARE: The Dodgers have 41 players in big league camp and among the 41 are 20 pitchers, including 12 right-handers and eight left-handers.  There are nine non-roster invitees still in camp, including six hurlers.   

BLOG WATCH: The Dodgers would welcomed the hosts of three different fan sites in their first visit to Camelback Ranch – Glendale. Among those in attendance were writers from dodgerfan.net, dodgerdugout.com, and truebluela.com.   

A SINGLES HITTER: LF Manny Ramirez has had has five singles to raise his spring average to .533 (8-for-15). 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.   

TOP OF THE ORDER, MIDDLE OF THE INFIELD: Rafael Furcal and Orlando Hudson have played together in nearly every contest this spring. Combined, they have appeared in 34 games (18 for Furcal and 17 for Hudson), and have made some sparkling plays in the field. Furcal committed his second error of the spring yesterday while Hudson, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, has made just one.   

A BABY AND A BOBBLEHEAD: Casey Blake, who is currently away from Camelback Ranch – Glendale for the birth of his fourth child, will be immortalized in ceramic later this year when the third baseman is featured on the Dodgers' first bobblehead of the season (May 20). That will surely be a lifelong keepsake for his three oldest daughters, Bailey (7), Lauren (5), and Dana (2). Do note, Manny Ramirez will be featured on the second bobblehead (July 22), while the subject of the third bobblehead night, on August 19 has yet to be determined.   

WELCOME BACK: Fernando Valenzuela was back at Camelback Ranch – Glendale today and was be on the air for KHJ/La Ranchera alongside Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez (who celebrates his birthday today). Valenzuela has been a busy man this spring, as he made an early visit to Glendale for the team's second annual Mexican Media event in February before departing for the World Baseball Classic, where he was a coach for Team Mexico. Valenzuela was with the team in Mexico City, where it advanced to the second round in San Diego and after his team was eliminated, the Dodger pitching legend made an appearance at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, where he and Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda threw out the ceremonial first pitches before the WBC Final.  

  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.   

HASN'T MISSED A BEAT: Since returning from Team Canada and the WBC, Russell Martin has been quite impressive. The two-time All-Star catcher is batting .343 (12-for-35) with a  .412 on-base percentage and 12 RBI which ties him for second on the team with Blake DeWitt. Xavier Paul leads the Dodgers with 13 Cactus League runs batted in.   

UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLE: March 29 vs. San Diego Padres  LHP Eric Stults  

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