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Freeway Series: Dodgers go for rare sweep of Angels

The Dodgers haven't swept the Angels in three games or more in the preseason since 1990.


The Dodgers look to do something they haven't done in 23 years on Saturday night in Anaheim. The Dodgers need one win to secure a sweep of the Freeway Series of three games or more for the first time since 1990.

Back in 1990, the Dodgers captured the Freeway Series against the Angels three games to none, back when awards were given for MVP and best pitcher. Rick Dempsey, then a 40-year-old catcher entering his 22nd season, won the Fresco Thompson Award (MVP) in 1990, while Mike Morgan took home the Lefty Phillips Award (best pitcher).

"We are already having fun again," Dempsey told Bill Plaschke of the LA Times after the sweep. "We feel like we're jelling just in time. We're getting all that old enthusiasm back."

The Dodgers have swept the Angels in the preseason Freeway Series four times: 1970, 1977, 1984, and 1990. The Angels have swept the Dodgers four times: 1987, 1992, 2004, and 2005. The Dodgers trail the all-time preseason tally, with a record of 47-60-3.

Zack Greinke gets the call for the Dodgers, making his final start of the spring. He'll be on a limit of 90 pitches or so, and we will see Chris Capuano and possibly Aaron Harang in relief on Saturday. Greinke made seven starts in Anaheim after his trade to the Angels in 2012, and he was 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA in Anaheim, with 11 walks and 56 strikeouts in 47 innings.

Manager Don Mattingly said Saturday he would probably pull his regulars a little earlier on Saturday, though Adrian Gonzalez specifically wanted to play seven innings.

Tommy Hanson gets the start for the Halos.

Game info

Time: 6:05 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports West, but delayed until after the Kings hockey game (5 p.m. start) is over; game is also one of the free games on, live

Radio: KLAC 570, KTNQ 1020

MLB Gameday