Garret Anderson Returns Home

Expect a long and well-deserved standing ovation in the top of the first inning tonight for longtime Angel Garret Anderson. (Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo / LA Dodgers)

Dodgers (11-15-2) at Angels (11-15-4)

7:05pm, Angel Stadium

Garret Anderson returns to Anaheim tonight for the first time since leaving the Angels after the 2008 season.  Anderson, who played 15 seasons with the Angels, is the club's all-time leader in hits, runs, total bases, games played, plate appearances, at bats, doubles, and runs batted in.  Tonight, in his first game against his former club, he is batting third and playing left field for the Dodgers. If Anderson and fellow non-roster invitee Ramon Ortiz make the club, they will be the 83rd and 84th players to play for both the Dodgers and Angels.

Tonight and tomorrow mark the first "Freeway Series" of two or more games since 2007.

Catcher J.D. Closser, and pitchers Luis Ayala and Justin Miller were reassigned to minor league camp today, although all three are in uniform for tonight's game.

Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, and is expected to throw between 50 and 60 pitches, according to manager Joe Torre.  Following him on the mound will be Jeff Weaver, Carlos Monasterios, and Miller.  Ervin Santana starts for the Halos, to be followed by Kevin Jepsen and Jason Bulger.

Russell Martin, who "doesn't look like he's bothered at all with the groin," according to Torre, will catch for the third straight day, and bat second.

Torre said the club hasn't yet decided whether to carry 11 or 12 pitchers on the opening day roster.

Here are the lineups:

Dodgers      Angels            
SS Furcal SS Aybar
C Martin      
RF Abreu
DH Anderson   
CF Hunter
LF Manny DH Matsui
CF Kemp 1B Morales   
1B Loney LF Rivera
3B Blake 2B Kendrick  
RF Johnson C Napoli
2B DeWitt 3B Izturis
P Kershaw P Santana

TV: KCOP (the Angels' broadcast)


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