The Dodgers take their show on the road on Wednesday for the first time this spring, battling the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Old friend Manny Ramirez is in the lineup, hitting cleanup for the A's.
Manager Don Mattingly said he was excited to see the former Dodgers slugger, saying on Wednesday, "I've been watching Manny since he was 18 or 19 years old. I've always been amazed at the guy."
UPDATE: Manny has been scratched from the lineup with back stiffness, and has been replaced by Chris Carter.
Aaron Harang makes his Cactus League debut as a Dodger, and will be followed by a quartet of power arms, in Chris Withrow, Scott Elbert, Kenley Jansen, and Javy Guerra. Minor league pitchers Shawn Tolleson (the Dodgers 2011 minor league pitcher of the year, wearing number 92) and Francisco Felix (No. 87) are in uniform today for the Dodgers as well.
As per usual in the early part of the spring, the Dodgers listed reserves on the lineup card, today for the first seven positions. Today the backups scheduled to play are SS Luis Cruz, CF Matt Angle, RF Scott Van Slyke, 1B Matt Wallach (the catcher played 51 games at first base in 2009), 3B Jeff Baisley, 2B Alex Castellanos, and C Griff Erickson.
Game Time: 12:05 p.m. PST
Radio: A's broadcast can be heard by MLB Gameday Audio