Not only will April 10 be the home opener for the Dodgers and the 50th anniversary of the first game at Dodger Stadium, but it is also the release date of the first ever official illustrated history coffee table book by the team.
The book is called "Dodgers: From Coast to Coast - The Official Visual History of the Dodgers," and will be available for purchase at the stadium or online. It covers the team from the 1890s in Brooklyn to present day in Los Angeles.
"In many ways, I’ve often thought that the franchise is somewhat a reflection of life itself…The joys and heartache…all of that has really helped me feel how important the organization has been to all of baseball, to all of the fans and, very much, to me," says Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully in the book’s introduction. "This book does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the Dodgers."
Chris Capuano makes his second Cactus League start on Tuesday as the Dodgers face the Rockies. Scheduled to pitch after Capuano for the Dodgers are Fernando Nieve, Stephen Fife, Ramon Troncoso, and Ryan Tucker.
James Loney was in the starting lineup today but was scratched with tightness in his calf. The injury isn't serious, but Loney was held out of workouts as well. He is expected back within a day or two.
"James has new legs. He's actually got calves this year," joked manager Don Mattingly. "He never had them before, and now he has something to pull."
On Ellis Batting Second
Mark Ellis is batting second on Tuesday, the batting order spot he is likely to fill once the season starts in three weeks. Mattingly said while there are other candidates to bat second, Ellis is the best fit as it allows him to lengthen the lineup.
"He's a pretty good offensive player. He's kind of gotten a knock as not being good offensively, but he's pretty consistent for me," said Mattingly.
I asked Mattingly if he chalked up the poor numbers for Ellis in 2011 to injury (Ellis hit .248/.288/.346 in 132 games for Oakland and Colorado last season) and Mattingly said no, and gave his reasoning for liking Ellis offensively.
"I look at him from the time he got to Colorado and got out of Oakland. I look at his history. I look at his swing. I know he's going to be solid," said Mattingly. "The more you know him, the more you like him."
Game Time: 1:05 p.m. PDT
TV: Prime Ticket (Charley Steiner & Rick Monday)