Here are some Dodgers links to get your long weekend started off right...
- "I knew I needed to get it right, get back to where I was a couple of years ago," Dana Eveland told the Associated Press after his win over the Pirates on Thursday. "I won some games early for Toronto last year, so I knew I could still win. In fact, I know I’m better than I was last year."
- In addition to Casey Blake's season ending with neck surgery on Tuesday, Juan Uribe's left hip strain has been reclassified as a sports hernia, and he is likely out for the year as well. Uribe is getting a second opinion before scheduling the surgery, but is "on board with the plan," trainer Stan Conte told Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. Uribe last played on July 23.
- The Dodgers are considering bringing back an annual old timer's game, wrote Roberto Baly of Vin Scully is my Homeboy.
- Bill Shaikin of the LA Times has details on the unsolicited $1.2 billion offer from Bill Burke to buy the Dodgers. "There are questions within the sports industry about whether this is a genuine offer," one industry consultant told Shaikin.
- Tony DeMarco at NBC Sports takes a national look at the possibility of Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw winning MVP and Cy Young respectively, and notes that all 27 instances of one team having winners of both awards have come from playoff teams.
- Eric Seidman at FanGraphs notes that Kershaw and Cliff Lee are having remarkably similar seasons.
- Jair Jurrjens was scheduled to pitch on Sunday for Atlanta, but an MRI Wednesday revealed a bone bruise in his knee. Jurrjens plans to travel to Vail, Colorado this weekend for a second opinion, wrote David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and it looks like 21-year old Randall Delgado will make his third major league start for the Braves in place of Jurrjens.
- Matthew Kaminski, aka @BravesOrganist, is taking suggestions via Twitter on what songs to play for Dodgers batters this weekend in Atlanta.