The Dodgers fell to the Rangers today, 5-4 in Surprise Arizona. John Ely, just like Tim Redding on Saturday, allowed four runs in his fourth Cactus League appearance, the bulk of which came on a three-run home run by Josh Hamilton. Ely, also like Redding, completed four innings today, with no walks and three strikeouts. For the spring, Ely has a sparkling 10/0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his 10 innings of work.
Scott Elbert made his fourth appearance of the spring today, and had bouts with the strike zone again today. He walked two and allowed a single in his inning of work, but didn't allow a run in his inning of work.Pitch tracking was functional on MLB Gameday today, so we can see that Elbert threw 27 pitches, 13 for strikes. He threw 16 fastballs (nine balls, seven strikes), all between 90 and 93 mph, with an average of 91.2 mph. He threw 11 sliders (five balls, six strikes), all between 85 and 89 mph, with an average of 87.3 mph. This spring, Elbert has faced 20 batters. He has walked nine, struck out three, and allowed one single.
- Jay Gibbons will head to San Francisco Tuesday to consult a specialist to deal with his eye problems, wrote Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles. Most of the time during the spring, when speaking of "lengthening and flattening," it involves retooling someone's swing, not their cornea.
- Xavier Paul, fighting for a spot on the roster -- perhaps Gibbons' spot -- had two hits, including an RBI triple in the sixth inning.
- The Dodgers are playing it cautious with Juan Uribe, who has "general tightness," per Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times.
- Tomorrow's game is also against Texas, but will be at Camelback Ranch televised on Prime Ticket. Clayton Kershaw and Hong-Chih Kuo are scheduled to pitch, as is Ron Mahay.
- Tomorrow at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers will be hosting an event to raise money for the American Red Cross to aid in the Japan tsunami and earthquake relief. From 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Parking Lot 1, you can drive through and give donations to former Dodgers Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Rudy Law, Al Ferrara, Jimmy Campanis and Derrel Thomas as well as some NBC LA on-air personalities. Fans who donate $20 or more will receive two tickets to one of the two spring training games at Dodger Stadium in a few weeks.