Vin Scully is back in our lives on a more regular basis now, beginning with Thursday night's Freeway Series opener in Anaheim.
Scully will call all three games of the Freeway Series - the first two in Anaheim, plus Saturday in Los Angeles - for SportsNet LA, after calling one game (March 27) in Arizona during spring training.
Scully will call home games for the Dodgers in 2015, his 66th season, plus what the Dodgers call "select road games." Nothing officially has been announced, but the rumor is that Scully will only travel to road games in Anaheim and San Francisco, and it's unknown whether he would call all three road series against the Giants.
From Thursday in Anaheim, Scully likely will see the eight position players in line to start on opening day Monday. We still don't know whether Yasmani Grandal or A.J. Ellis will catch Clayton Kershaw on Monday, but both catchers are in the lineup on Thursday, with Grandal serving as the designated hitter.
The Dodgers have a bullpen game planned on Thursday, with several pitchers lined up for short stints. Mike Adams, who has already been told he will start the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City, was originally scheduled to "start," though that was changed to Sergio Santos.
Santos, who is vying for not only an opening day roster spot but also possibly the temporary closer role with Kenley Jansen out for the first month, is scheduled to face Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols in the first inning, a worthy test.
Matt Shoemaker starts for the Angels.