The Dodgers split a pair of games today, losing to the Angels 4-2 at Camelback Ranch while beating the Brewers 8-4 in Phoenix. Here are some notes heading into an off day:
- After today's pair of games, the Dodgers played six games in a period of roughly 69 hours, from Friday night in Peoria through this afternoon.
Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs in the first inning, though just one was earned, against Milwaukee today, but settled down to throw four scoreless innings after that. Kershaw allowed just two hits and three walks in five innings, striking out six Brewers
Ramon Russ Ortiz followed Kershaw on the mound, and allowed just one run and four hits in four innings, lowering his spring ERA to 2.08, or roughly three and a half runs better than any season ERA he has had since 2004.
- If you don't think non-roster invitee Garret Anderson is likely to make this team, take a gander at this glowing quote from today about Anderson from Joe Torre: "He's just an out-and-out pro, you know you pretty much have an idea what he would be like in the dugout, and he's easy. He's easy."
- As a reminder, with tomorrow's off day, Chad Billingsley will pitch against minor leaguers to stay on his regular schedule
- Just because it's an off day Tuesday, it might not be so uneventful at Camelback Ranch, as tomorrow is the rumored day that Ronald Belisario just might show up to camp. Club officials have been understandably unwilling to confirm any rumors surrounding Belisario, taking the "believe it when I see it" approach to his arrival.
- Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts penned a nice post about Vin Scully and the "Fordham Drawl" of the legendary announcer.
- Chris and Alex Volk of Dodgerfan.net interviewed and shadowed Dodger photographer extraordinaire Jon SooHoo on Saturday night at Camelback Ranch. Look for that article very soon on their site.
- Mark Timmons of LADodgerTalk.com is in Camelback Ranch all this week. Be sure to check his site regularly for a different perspective, especially as he traverses the minor league side of the complex.
- The Dodgers don't play until Wednesday night at 7:35, a night game in Phoenix against Oakland. Scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers are Hiroki Kuroda, Josh Lindblom, and Luis Ayala
- If you haven't already signed up for our first True Blue LA night at Dodger Stadium this year -- May 1 against the Pirates -- you can do so here
Today's Box Scores: vs Angels or at Brewers