For the first time in the 43-year history of the award, the Jim and Dearie Mulvey Award, given annually to the top rookie in Dodgers' spring training camp, went to two players. The award, which is voted on by coaches, went to Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands, who won the organizational minor league pitcher and player of the year, respectively, in 2010.
De La Rosa gets the call to start tonight, in the Dodgers' final exhibition game, at Dodger Stadium against the Mariners. In 14 spring innings, De La Rosa has a 3.21 ERA with three walks and 10 strikeouts.
Erik Bedard, who is back from injury and the fourth starter for Seattle, gets the start tonight for the Mariners. Also scheduled to pitch for Seattle are Tom Wilhelmsen, Brandon League, and Chris Ray.
- Clayton Kershaw will donate $100 for every strikeout this season to Arise Africa, "a non-profit organization dedicated to helping end poverty on the continent through health care, education, business and discipleship." Kershaw and his wife Ellen took a trip to Zambia in December, where they helped build a school and raised money for an orphanage.
- The same 11 players from minor league camp that have suited up the last two nights will also be in uniform tonight: Dee Gordon (wearing uniform number 70), Jerry Sands (68), Corey Smith (98), Allen Webster (88), Randy Keisler (91), Justin Sellers (72), Matt Wallach (87), Michael Antonini (92), Steven Ames (93), Jon Huber (71), and Merkin Valdez (97).
- In case you missed it earlier, Fernando Valenzuela will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day tomorrow night against the Giants.
- Among the Giants Kershaw will face Thursday night is Brandon Belt, the rookie who won the first base job for San Francisco. Kershaw and Belt were competitors growing up in Texas, both graduating high school in 2006. Guillermo Mota also made the Giants.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m. PST
TV: None, though the game will be shown online at Dodgers.com.