There wasn't much news before today's game with the Padres, other than the players in the Dodgers clubhouse, along with Tony Gwynn Sr., watching Derek Jeter hit a home run for his 3,000th hit. The moment was so fun and the celebration so boisterous that Don Mattingly wasn't mad when the 11 a.m. hitters meeting began at 11:03. "It was good," Mattingly said. "I was late too."
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- After being told about today's planned protest outside Dodger Stadium, "I protested the haircut thing, that one day," Mattingly said, referring to the time he was famously benched as a Yankee for having hair deemed too long by club standards. "That was my mini-protest."
- Mattingly hasn't set in stone his post-break starting rotation, but he plans to do so by Sunday. The only sticking point seems to be Clayton Kershaw in the All-Star Game. If NL manager Bruce Bochy has Kershaw pitch more than one inning, the Dodgers could move Kershaw to Saturday in Arizona, which would mean he wouldn't pitch against the Giants in the Dodgers' following series. Mattingly said he plans to call Bochy to determine Kershaw's exact usage pattern for Tuesday.
- Rod Barajas, who has played two games as designated hitter with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, will catch nine innings today, and then be reevaluated. "It's the one thing we haven't really talked about," Mattingly said when asked how many games Barajas would catch on his rehab assignment, "Obviously, the more he plays, the better he's going to be." The Quakes play again Sunday in Lancaster, then have Monday off, followed by a homestand against Lake Elsinore.
- Aaron Harang, starting today for the Padres, was activated from the disabled list before the game, and reliever Pat Neshek was optioned to Triple A Tucson to make room.
Game Time: 1:10 p.m.