Blake DeWitt doesn’t need to worry about being sent to the minors anymore – and that was true before Monday’s five-RBI explosion – writes Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I finally had to call him in at one point and tell him, ‘No, you’re not going (to the minor leagues),”‘ Dodger manager Joe Torre told Jackson. “And then I said, ‘We’re going to make another move this weekend, and it’s not going to be you then, either.”‘
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- The Dodgers begin the day with the second-best record in the National League (half a game behind San Diego) and fourth-best in the majors (3 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay).
- A 3-year-old girl is expected to recover after a batting practice line drive from Russell Martin fractured her skull, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. My sincerest best wishes to her and her family.
- While the Dodger starting rotation has stabilized for the time being, Albuquerque still has a makeshift bunch. Brent Leach continues to be pressed into starting duty, and Monday he allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings – then was ejected for hitting a batter with a pitch – in what became a 20-7 Isotopes defeat. Ivan DeJesus, Jr. went 3 for 3 with a walk.
- Tim Sexton struck out 10 in six shutout innings, giving up four hits and walking none, for Chattanooga in a 3-0 victory. Sexton, who turns 23 Thursday, has a 4.22 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 49 innings this season against 69 baserunners.
- Revenue for Southern California college and pro sports dropped 18 percent from 2007 to 2009, according to a study conducted by graduate students from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and reported in the Times.
- The MLB draft continues today with the second round starting at 9 a.m.