Playing Catchup - June 15

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Here are some of the items to fill in the chinks between the games we missed. They are listed in no particular order:

Andrew says he was "disrespected-- Andrew Jones told the Dodgers writers that asked the Dodgers to release him (but to keep paying him) because of the way he was treated by Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. It was "disrespect" he said.

Well, maybe, but so did about 40,000 other Dodgers fan each home game.

Smiley Broxton-- A quiet Jonathan Broxton returned from Georgia after arriving just in time to witness the birth of his first Child, Jonathon Brooks.

Asked if having a daughter is better than saving a game, he practically made a speech (for him). He said "yeah." Then he added, "It was two days ago. You should have that glow for a while."

He saved his 15th and 16th game of the season in Texas and returned to his family over the day off and said he would rejoin the club Tuesday, when it opens a three-game series against Oakland.

Messersmith Retires-- Former Dodgers pitcher Andy Messermith, 63, has retired as coach of Cabrillo College's baseball team. Messersmith played 12 seasons of Major League Baseball. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-hander pitched for the California Angels from 1966-72, Los Angeles Dodgers from 1973-75, Atlanta Braves from 1976-77 and New York Yankees from 1978-79. He pitched in the 1974 World Series opening game for the Dodgers, and made the National League All-Star team four times.

Hope Springs Eternal-- Pitching last Friday, in front of a skimpy crowd, it was "Lima Time" again. The 36-year-old Jose Lima was working for the Long Beach Armada in the independent Golden Baseball League, hoping to show that he could still be a viable help to some Major League club.

Eyes Still on Peavy-- While San Diego's Jake Peavy is on the disabled list with a torn ankle tendon, some think he will return in August and some club could take his big contract on waivers. He still has his no-trade clause, which means the Phillies would get a shot at him before the Dodgers (assuming they would be the only two clubs with deep enough pockets to claim him). If he vetoes going to the Phillies, the Padres would pull back the wavier because they have stated they will not let the Dodgers get him.

*MA*S*H* 4077 Medical Report-- Jason Schmidt, who has been on the disabled list since June 18 of last season, threw a simulated game of 30 pitches and expects to begin his rehab assignments some time this week. Eric Milton and Will Ohman recently threw bullpen sessions but Eric Stults reports there is still stiffness in the thumb on his pitching hand. Hong-Chih Kuo is expected to throw a bullpen late this week, news that is certain to bring a smile to Torre's face. And speaking of Torre, he got his 2,193th career win, and is within one of Sparky Anderson for fifth on the all-time career list.

Bookending the Stats -- The Dodgers have the best record in the majors, but their starters were just 13th in the bigs with only 24 wins. The bullpen, however, leads the majors in wins, with 18.

Penny on the Market-- The Phillies, Mets and Cardinals are rumored to be among the teams interested in Boston's Brad Penny. The Red Sox apparently want to make room for John Smoltz and are allowed to trade Penny after June 15.

Dodgers Blue Notes
The Dodgers have scored 55 runs and allowed 21 in the first inning this season. ... The Dodgers are 6-3 on Tuesdays this season. ...Jiovanni Mier, the Astros' first pick, is a brother of Inland Empire's catcher Jessie Mier. ...The Dodgers on this three-game trip to Oakland will include the fathers of a number of Dodgers players. The idea to invite them was that of General Manager Ned Colletti, who is trying to start a classy new Father's Day tradition. ...Former Dodgers pitcher Edwin Jackson has been doing a very nice job for Detroit and recently hit 99 on the gun in the ninth inning of one of his starts.

Pitcher's for the Oakland Series
Tonight : LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-5, 4.50 ERA) and the As Dallas Braden (5-5, 3.33 ERA)
?Wednesday: Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 2.86) vs. Trevor Cahill (3-5, 4.17)
?Thursday: Randy Wolf (3-2, 3.41) vs. Vin Mazzaro (2-1, 1.37).