TAKE IT EASY: The Dodgers completed their 12th full-squad workout today, a shortened tuneup before the club’s Cactus League opener tomorrow at Talking Stick against the D-backs. Tomorrow’s game will be the Dodgers’ first of 21 games in Arizona with the club playing 25 total exhibitions this spring, including a game against Team Australia (March 20 in Sydney) and the Freeway Series (March 27-29 in Southern California).
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chad Billingsley, Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell, Matt Magill and Yimi Garcia threw normal bullpens today, while Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm and Stephen Fife threw live BP on the minor league side.
FOR REAL (ALMOST): The lineup for tomorrow’s game against Arizona was already posted this morning in the Dodger clubhouse with Chone Figgins leading off at shortstop followed by Carl Crawford in left field, Yasiel Puig in right field, Juan Uribe at third base, Joc Pederson in center field, Scott Van Slyke at first base, Tim Federowicz at catcher, Alex Guerrero at second base and Justin Turner as the designated hitter. Clayton Kershaw will be the starting pitcher and will be followed to the mound by Seth Rosin, Ross Stripling, Javy Guerra, Jose Dominguez, Sam Demel and Daniel Moskos.
LAUNCH PARTY: The new 24-hour-a-day network of the Dodgers, SportsNet LA, will premier tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT with original programming. Tonight’s lineup will feature a live studio show “Access SportsNet: Dodgers,” the inaugural episode of “Backstage: Dodgers,” back-to-back “Connected With…” interview shows featuring Clayton Kershaw and Don Mattingly and a one-hour retrospective special about last year’s season. SportsNet LA will be available to Time Warner Cable’s customers in the Los Angeles area with Standard TV service or above in high definition (HD) on channel 431 and in standard definition (SD) on digital channel 249.
OVER THE AIRWAVES: The Dodgers announced their Spring Training radio schedule earlier today, which includes 15 broadcasts on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles (KLAC) and eight broadcasts in Spanish on Univision America 1020 (KTNQ). Tomorrow’s game can be heard in both English and Spanish and the full broadcast schedule can be found on Dodgers.com.
The Dodgers’ English-language radio broadcast will be led by a combination of Rick Monday (8 play-by-play, 7 analyst), Charley Steiner (7 play-by-play) and Nomar Garciaparra (5 analyst). Monday begins his 22nd season as a Dodger broadcaster and 30th overall with the organization, including eight as a player. Steiner enters his 10th season as a play-by-play announcer for the team. Garciaparra, who enters his first season with the Dodgers as a broadcaster, played three seasons for the Dodgers (2006-08) in his 14-year Major League career.
Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yñiguez and legendary Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela will call the action in Spanish for the Dodgers. Jarrín enters his 56th season in the Dodgers’ Spanish-language radio booth and Yñiguez will begin his 16th. Valenzuela enters his 12th season calling games for the Dodgers after a 17-year playing career.
GIVING BACK: Following Friday’s game between the Dodgers and White Sox, Camelback Ranch-Glendale and the two clubs will host a clinic for youngsters from the Glendale Youth Project and Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix. 2014 marks the second year that the clubs have hosted a youth clinic during Spring Training and is just one of the many Camelback Ranch community initiatives, which include food drives, Home Runs for Life (honoring patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Phoenix Children’s Hospital) and a Read Across America Day event at Glendale’s Main Public Library. Dodger prospects Joc Pederson, Zach Lee and Jarret Martin will represent the club at Friday’s event.
--compliments of the Dodgers PR department