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The Dodgers today get their first look at the new Salt River Fields when they battle the Colorado Rockies in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Dodgers today get their first look at the new Salt River Fields when they battle the Colorado Rockies in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Dodgers get their first look at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick today, taking on the Rockies. Colorado shares this new facility with the division-rival Diamondbacks. The Dodgers rank 29th among 30 MLB teams this spring in average (.2264, narrowly ahead of the Angels' .2258), 30th in on-base percentage (.288), and 29th in slugging percentage (.3082, ahead of their Camelback Ranch mates, the White Sox at .3077). Yes, it's early in the spring, and yes the regulars have played roughly a quarter of the time, but man those numbers are bad.

Ted Lilly gets his first look at Cactus League action today, facing Ubaldo Jimenez. Lilly had the flu last week and was scratched from his scheduled Wednesday start, and instead threw 27 pitches over two innings in a B game against White Sox minor leaguers on Thursday.

Both teams have eschewed the designated hitter today, the first game all spring that the Dodgers have been without the DH.

Lineups

Dodgers   Rockies
SS Furcal CF Taveras
3B Blake SS Iribarren
RF Ethier LF Gonzalez
CF Kemp 1B Wigginton
1B Gimenez         2B Lopez
2B Uribe RF Spilborghs    
LF Thames C Morales
C Barajas 3B Gomez
P Lilly P Ubaldo

Notes

  • Other Dodgers scheduled to pitch today are Tim Redding, Javy Guerra, Mike MacDougal, Blake Hawksworth, and Kenley Jansen.
  • Speaking of B games, the Dodgers have added a B game against the Mariners on Tuesday at 10 a.m. to get their pitchers some more work. Hiroki Kuroda will start that game, with John Ely getting the start in the Cactus League affair later in the day at Maryvale Stadium in Phoenix against the Brewers.
  • Following Jimenez on the mound for Colorado are Greg Reynolds, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Belisle, Adam Jorgenson, Rex Brothers (it's just one guy), Casey Weathers, and Keith Weiser.
  • Minor leaguers making the trip to Scottsdale today with the Dodgers are OF Angelo Songco (#95), RHP Merkin Valdez (#96), LHP Cole St. Clair (#97), and IF Corey Smith (#98).
  • Hong-Chih Kuo threw a bullpen session this morning, wrote Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, and the southpaw is slated to make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday (on TV) against Seattle.
  • For those wondering whether the idea of Vin Scully calling at least some of the opening day game against the Giants on ESPN, the answer is no. Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts asked an ESPN spokesperson, who said ESPN would be focusing on their new Sunday Night Baseball TV announcing crew of Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, and Bobby Valentine.
  • Ramon Troncoso has been solid this spring, retiring 10 of his 11 batters faced, and the Dodgers are taking notice, wrote Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles.
  • Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports profiled Clayton Kershaw, both on and off the field.
  • In case you missed it yesterday, Passan also got a picture of Travis Schlichting's amazing mullet, dubbed "the greatest mullet in baseball history."

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Game Time: 12:05 p.m. PST

TV: None; no radio today either

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