Garland v2.0 Debuts At Dodger Stadium

Jon Garland's season debut is tonight at Dodger Stadium, but just for one night, his uniform number will be doubled.

Jon Garland, after an off-Chavez Ravine preview in San Bernardino, makes his 2011 Dodger Stadium premiere tonight, taking the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a four-game series. Garland returns to the Dodgers after spending 2010 with the San Diego Padres. Kyle Lohse starts for the Redbirds.

Garland missed a start because he was on the disabled-list for the first time in his career when he rehabbed five days ago. Because he has been so durable, he is one of only five pitchers to post double-digits wins over each of the past nine years, amassed the eight-highest win total over that same time frame. (Halladay, Sabathia, Lowe, Oswalt, Santana, Buehrle and Pettitte are the names ahead of him.)

Notes:

  • Tonight is Jackie Robinson night. All players for both teams will wear the otherwise retired number 42. The Dodgers are undefeated (6-0) in such games.
  • Dodger prospect Trayvon Robinson was also part of the visit to Crenshaw High School, his alma mater, for the Dodgers panel discussion on Jackie Robinson.
  • Andre Ethier has the second-longest current hitting streak in the majors at 11 games. Only Jose Reyes, with a 12-game run, has a longer one going.
  • Jamie Hoffmann was optioned to Albuquerque to make room for Garland on the roster.
  • Matt Kemp's major league leading active consecutive game streak stands at 217.
  • Don Mattingly said that if Vicente Padilla recovers well from back-to-back bullpens, the next step would be a rehab assignment.
  • The manager also reported that Dioner Navarro has been catching and hitting left-handed, and that it is possible that he would have a reahb stint in the Southern League while the big club travels to Maimi for a series that starts April 25.
  • Lohse is six strikeouts shy of 1,000 for his career.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

Lineups:
Cardinals   Dodgers
SS
Theriot

LF Gwynn
CF
Rasmus
3B Blake
1B
Pujols

RF Ethier
LF
Holliday
CF Kemp
RF
Berkman

1B Loney
3B
Freese

2B Uribe
C
Molina
C Barajas
2B
Schumaker 

SS
Carroll
P
Lohse

P Garland        
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