Billingsley, Kershaw to Make Spring Debuts Today

Dodgers (1-1) at Giants (4-1)

12:05pm, Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale, AZ

Both Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw are scheduled to make their spring debuts today, and it happens to come against the archrival Giants.

Scott Elbert started this morning's "B" game, against the White Sox, and gave up three runs (two earned) in his two innings of work, walking one and striking out three.  Brian Giles had a pair of singles, and was thrown out in the first inning trying to score from second on a single (thanks to Tony Jackson of ESPN L.A. for the early play-by-play)

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Nate Schierholtz says his knee feels better, but he's still out of the lineup. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports Aubrey Huff is out of the lineup with an illness.

With all the hullabaloo over Ronald Belisario being late to camp -- apparently jokesters in the clubhouse put up "wanted" posters with his picture in the clubhouse, per Jackson --  Cory Wade seemed primed to take advantage should an extra bullpen spot open up.  But, per Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, Wade had a cortisone shot in his shoulder, and is out for two weeks.  Joe Torre added that the MRI showed no structural problems, and it is a similar injury to the one he suffered last spring.  Tough luck, Cory.

Here are the lineups for today's game, Day 1 of the A.J. Ellis Era:

Dodgers             
     Giants
SS Furcal CF Rowand
CF Kemp SS Renteria
RF Ethier 3B Sandoval    
DH Manny C Molina
1B Loney DH Lewis
3B Blake 2B Uribe
2B DeWitt LF Bowker
LF Johnson 1B Frandsen
C Ellis RF Velez
P Billingsley P Zito   

Scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers are Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Towers, Carlos Monasterios, Jon Link, Francisco Felix, and Juan Perez.

Among the scheduled pitchers today for Giants are Barry Zito, Todd Wellemeyer, Denny Bautista, and Brian Wilson

The Dodgers -- well, at least those on the list, including Manny Ramirez, James Loney, Chin-Lung Hu, and Hong-Chih Kuo -- are scheduled to depart for Taiwan Wednesday morning.

For a fun read, check out Craig Calcaterra's chronicles of his day in Mets' camp, at Hardball Talk (parts 1, 2, 3, and 4).  I agree with this sentiment 100%:

I suppose it's possible to get tired of anything, but I'm not sure how you can get tired of watching a game from up in the press box.

No TV today (the next two games are on Prime Ticket), but you can listen online here.

Gameday

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