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Manny Mota will be coaching first base tonight for the Dodgers.
Manny Mota will be coaching first base tonight for the Dodgers.

Reds (ss) (10-15-2) at Dodgers (ss) (11-13-2)

7:05pm, Cashman Field, Las Vegas, NV

The Dodgers tonight return to Las Vegas, the site of their Triple A affiliate from 2001-2008, to play an exhibition game against the Reds.  Manager Joe Torre, managing tonight's game after Don Mattingly managed today's split squad game at Camelback Ranch, is happy to make the trip.  "It's nice to go to a minor league ballpark when you're in the big leagues, especially a place you've played before," Torre said, "It gives you a sense of pride, where it all started for them."  Seven Dodgers making the trip to Las Vegas tonight have played there in the minor leagues:  Blake DeWitt, A.J. Ellis, Andre Ethier, Gabe Gutierrez, Jamie Hoffmann, Chin-Lung Hu, and Matt Kemp.

Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness has a solid summary of the likely opening day roster, and I pretty much agree with each of his points.

After today's day game, the Dodgers reassigned catcher Justin Knoedler to minor league camp, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

The Dodgers have released Brian Barton, per Baseball America (hat tip to Petriello and MLB Trade Rumors).  Barton had been reassigned to minor league camp on March 14.

Here are the lineups:

Reds      Dodgers
CF Dickerson      2B DeWitt
SS Cabrera  RF Ethier
1B Votto DH Kemp
2B Phillips 3B Blake
RF Bruce CF Hoffmann   
LF Gomes 1B Mitchell    
3B Francisco C Ellis
C Hanigan SS Hu
DH Castillo LF Redman

Josh Towers gets the start for the Dodgers, to be followed on the mound by Ramon Ortiz, Carlos Monasterios, Luis Ayala, and Justin Miller.

Scheduled pitchers for the Reds are Travis Wood, Justin Lehr, Logan Ondrusek, and Kip Wells.

TV: Prime Ticket (with the regular season production, rather than the scaled-down spring training broadcasts)

Today's Box Score (vs Giants)

Gameday (vs Reds)