After an undefeated month of March, the Dodgers turn the page on their calendar and will send Chad Billingsley to the hill tonight to face Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants. Billingsley won't have Juan Uribe behind him tonight, as the third baseman is out tonight, getting x-rays on his left elbow. Uribe was hit in that elbow by TIm Lincecum in the sixth inning last night.
Uribe was originally in tonight's lineup, but was scratched after he showed up with swelling in and around that elbow. The injury isn't expected to be serious, but manager Don Mattingly said he won't really know anything until the x-ray results come in. Aaron Miles will start in place of Uribe tonight. Here are tonight's lineups:
Ivan DeJesus is making his major league debut tonight, batting second and playing second base.
The Giants have the same eight players in their lineup as last night, but Pablo Sandoval and Miguel Tejada switched spots in the batting order.
- Casey Blake went 3-for-5 with two walks in a minor league game in Glendale, Arizona today, and played three innings in the field. Mattingly said Blake is progressing nicely, and is happy that Blake is playing the field and getting his work in every day.
- Mattingly plans to get regular rest for shortstop Rafael Furcal, but it won't necessarily be the standard "day game after a night game" plan. Mattingly said in some cases, getting the night game before the day game is more prudent, but that he would schedule each rest day according to matchups. If Furcal is just getting a day of rest, Jamey Carroll would be the normal backup shortstop, but Mattingly said if Furcal was out for a longer period of time he would consider other options.
- Mattingly isn't big on memorabilia, so he didn't keep the lineup card from his managerial debut last night, and wasn't planning on keeping anything. However, Jonathan Broxton gave Mattingly the game ball, and Dodgers director of travel Scott Akasaki gave Mattingly some tickets from the game as a keepsake. Mattingly said he received several calls and texts congratulating him on the win, including a voice mail from Joe Torre and a text from Alex Rodriguez.
- The Dodgers want Gabe Kapler, who was among the final roster cuts on Wednesday, to remain in the organization, and general manager Ned Colletti is trying to convince Kapler to accept a minor league assignment to Triple A Albuquerque. Kapler, who went to Taft High School and Cal State Fullerton and resides in Tarzana, said during the spring that he wanted to spend more time with his family and indicated that he may retire if he didn't make his hometown team.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket