GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' first chance to see old friend Matt Kemp this spring will be under the lights, as the Padres have moved the game time of their March 12 contest in Peoria from 1:05 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. PT.
If all goes according to plan for the Dodgers, that will be the first Cactus League start this season for Hyun-jin Ryu, who is scheduled to throw to live hitters on the back fields on Saturday.
The time change was to accommodate Major League Baseball, which is filming something in collaboration with HBO at five different ballparks on March 12, which will be dedicated to the fight against cancer.
This will be the first night game for the Dodgers this spring, and one of only four night games all spring before the club heads back to Los Angeles. The Dodgers also play 7:05 p.m. games on March 13 against the Reds and March 27 against the Giants, plus the split squad contest against the Rangers on March 20 in San Antonio is a 5:05 p.m. PT start.
The Dodgers play the Padres twice this spring, with the Padres coming to Camelback Ranch on March 25. The two teams open the regular season against each other on April 6 at Dodger Stadium.