The Dodgers are back home in southern California, ready to begin the Freeway Series against the Angels. The first two of the three-game set are in Anaheim, including Thursday night's opener at Angel Stadium.
For those without SportsNet LA, all three games are also available on television in the Los Angeles area through the Angels broadcasts, Thursday night on Prime Ticket, Friday on Fox Sports West and Saturday on KCOP (channel 13).
Thursday marks the 53rd anniversary of the first-ever game between the Dodgers and Angels, a 6-5 Halos win. The Angels have the advantage in the annual exhibition series, with 63 wins, 48 losses and three ties, including taking two of three games in 2014. The Dodgers won the regular season series against the Angels, taking three of four games last season.
The Dodgers starting pitcher for Thursday night hasn't been announced yet, but it will likely be a right-handed reliever in what will essentially be a bullpen game. There are 11 pitchers still vying for seven bullpen spots, and all will pitch at least once on Thursday or Friday, plus Oklahoma City-bound Mike Adams will get an inning on Thursday in Anaheim as well.
Brandon McCarthy starts Friday night for the Dodgers and Brett Anderson starts Saturday, though both starts will be three innings or so, abbreviated final tuneups as both pitchers are stretched out for the regular season.
Here are the pitching matchups for the three-game Freeway Series:
Thursday (Anaheim): TBD vs. Matt Shoemaker, 7:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, Prime Ticket)
Friday (Anaheim): Brandon McCarthy vs. Andrew Heaney, 7:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, Fox Sports West)
Saturday (Dodger Stadium): Hector Santiago, 6:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KCOP)vs.