Dodgers Arrive In Taiwan; Belisario Not There, Either

Dodgers (1-3-1) at Royals (4-2)

12:05pm, Surprise Stadium, Surprise, AZ

As the crowded Dodger non-roster invitee list gets a little less crowded with the retirement of Brian Giles (per Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times)...

The Dodgers arrived in Taiwan this morning, and begin their three-game series early Friday morning, at 2:37am.  Here are a few shots from their welcoming press conference (both courtesy of Jon SooHoo / LA Dodgers):

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The Los Angeles Dodgers, including Manager Joe Torre, Pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo and infielders James Loney and Chin-lung Hu, address the crowd at their welcoming press conference in Taiwan

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James Loney addresses the crowd at the Dodgers’ welcoming press conference in Taiwan

In other news, Roberto Baly of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy translated a report from Venezuelan newspaper El Universal on Ronald Belisario:

Belisario has missed three dates with the U.S. embassy for paperwork, which is the reason he has yet to report to Camelback Ranch.

The benefit of the doubt is slowly slipping away from Belisario's grasp.

Earlier this offseason, there were reports that the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Pacific League were interested in Eric Stults.  Per NPB Tracker, that interest is apparently gone, given the relatively high cost of a potential transaction:

Sanspo said that Lotte gave up on him because his salary + transfer fee would be over $1m

(Here's a Babelfish translated versionof that link.) Stults is currently battling for the fifth starter spot in the Dodger rotation and, because he is out of options, is likely to get a longer look than pitchers with options, like Scott Elbert or James McDonald.

Here are the lineups, the order of which hopefully will stay the same today:

Dodgers      Royals
SS Furcal LF Podsednik   
DH Johnson C Kendall
RF Ethier RF DeJesus    
CF Kemp 1B Butler
3B Blake CF Ankiel
2B DeWitt DH Guillen
1B Mientkiewicz   3B Fields
C Ausmus SS Betancourt
LF Repko 2B Bloomquist
P McDonald P Meche   

After McDonald, scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers are Russ Ortiz, Ramon Troncoso, Travis Schlichting, Javy Guerra, and Armando Zerpa.

Minor Leaguers on the Dodgers' roster today are Dee Gordon, Brandon Watson, Andrew "Adam" Lambo, Kyle "Sticks" Russell, Jaime Pedroza, Brian Cavazos-Galvez, and Austin Yount (son of Robin).

Among the scheduled pitchers today for Royals are Aaron Crow, Edgar Osuna, and former Dodgers Matt Herges and Joakim Soria.  

Among Royals we won't see today are Mike MoustakasDavid LoughDanny DuffyDerrick RobinsonErnesto Mejia, Mario Lisson, and Steven Lerud, as they were assigned to minor league camp.

Tomorrow, scheduled to play at Camelback Ranch against the Reds, Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start, followed by Carlos Monasterios, Jonathan Broxton, George Sherrill, Luis Ayala, and Brent Leach.  Cuban phenom Aroldis Chapman is among the Reds scheduled to pitch in that game.

No TV today (tomorrow is on Prime Ticket), but you can listen online here.

Gameday

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