On the day that potential backup outfielder Garret Anderson arrived at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers face a former backup outfielder as they battle the White Sox for the second straight day, this time as the home team. Juan Pierre will bat leadoff and play left field for the Sox against his former team. The White Sox are a split squad today, with the other half of the team playing the Cubs in Mesa.
Even though Anderson is a non-roster player, his chances of making the club seem pretty good. "I told him, right now our roster is pretty full," said manager Joe Torre, "but knowing what he brings to the table...I think he's a plus, its just a matter of figuring it out."
Russell Martin, who stayed in yesterday's game longer than any other starter, is battling a sore groin and will be unavailable today, per Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com also reports that Martin was taken for an MRI this morning.
Here are the lineups:
Scheduled to pitch for the White Sox are Freddy Garcia, Matt Thornton, Tony Peña, Jhonny Nuñez, Brian Omogrosso, and Bobby Jenks. Nuñez, you may remember, was traded by the Dodgers in late August 2006 to the Nationals for The Greatest Hitter in Dodgers History®.
Tommy Lasorda has been inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame, the 16th hall of fame for the former Dodger manager. The ceremony will be tomorrow in Miami, Florida.
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