Kenta Maeda was fantastic in his spring start against the Angels yesterday. He went 3 2/3 innings and allowed just one hit - a solo homer to Albert Pujols. Overall, he struck out seven batters. Per Doug Miller at MLB.com:
"The life of his fastball in the zone, and the conviction he had throwing it, was really good," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Maeda. "He's got such good command, but sometimes he tries to be too fine. Today he was down in the zone and he executed all day."You can also watch Maeda talk about his outing with SportsNet LA here. BTW, in the video, standing on Kenta's left, is Dodgers Japanese translator Will Ireton, and he has become quite an sensation for the club. To see what I mean check out these two videos posted up this morning by Alex Wood, here and here.
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1932 the Dodgers sent 23-year old future Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi and the still very effective Babe Herman to the Reds for Joe Stripp, Tony Cuccinello and Clyde Sukeforth.
- Happy Birthday, Bill Holbert, Jud Daley, John Miller, Mike Strahler, Kevin Brown & Jose Nunez!
- FYI, tonight is Dodgers Night at the Kings game. As has been custom, you should expect to see the Kings come out for their pregame skate in Dodger hockey uniforms. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend. So, if you are going and take photos please pass them along.
- Video: ICYMI: Alanna Rizzo speaks with Hyun-Jin Ryu after pitching two scoreless innings in his first Cactus League game this season on Saturday. (Video Link)
- Video: Hear from Dave Roberts after Dodgers’ 3-1 win over Angels on Monday. (Video Link)
- Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Dodgers pare down Spring Training roster."
They optioned pitcher Jacob Rhame and catcher Kyle Farmer, and reassigned pitchers Joshua Sborz and Ralston Cash and outfielder Henry Ramos.
- Here's a peek at the St. Patrick's Day Dodger cap being sold at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, via a tweet from Camelback Ranch.
- Awesome! Per Liz Roscher at Big League Stew; "Manny Ramirez's contract in Japan is a sweet, sushi-filled deal."
Let’s start with the most fun/weird detail of them all. While Manny is with the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs, he gets unlimited sushi. Unlimited! If Manny wants to throw back four dragon rolls and 18 pieces of salmon sashimi, he can do that.
- Via Jon Heyman at Fanrag Sports; "Heyman: Dodgers renew contracts of Corey Seager, Joc Pederson."
The Los Angeles Dodgers renewed the contracts of a pair of their young players in outfielder Joc Pederson at $555,000 and shortstop Corey Seager at $575,000, FanRag Sports has learned.
- Via JP Hoornstra, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin; "Dodgers’ Brandon Morrow willing to go deep on politics."
Morrow, 32, said he hasn’t always been so politically aware. Not unusually, he found himself paying more attention to current events as he got older. The birth of his first child, William, catalyzed his political fervor last year. So did the 2016 election cycle.
“You start thinking about how you want the world to be shaped when they grow up, that sort of thing,” Morrow said.
- Here's an early look at another 2017 Dodger promotional game giveaway item. On the right is a pic of the Dodgers Chip & Salsa Dish being given out on Monday, May 8th against the Pirates. Go here for the Dodgers complete promotional schedule.
- I thought I would just mention that Import Dragon Figures will be releasing both an Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager figures this season. Stay tuned for preview pics. Go here to check out their company website.
- Holy Moly! Apparently, Andre Ethier has put his home in Arizona up for sale (Hat Tip: Mr_Oinkers on Reddit). It is gloriously massive. Go here to check out the listing, and plenty of photos.
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