Rain delay notebook


Lenny Ignelzi/APDelay of game penalty.

A rain delay of close to two hours was scheduled to end at about 9:20 p.m., bringing the Dodgers and Padres back into action. When play was suspended, Matt Kemp had just doubled to lead off the second inning of a scoreless game.

  • Jon Garland is aching (not literally) to pitch Sunday for the Dodgers, writes Tony Jackson of the ESPNLosAngeles.com.
  • Zach Lee’s debut went well: four shutout innings, two hits, three walks, five strikeouts.
  • Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com expands on today’s Dodger Stadium security news.
  • Triple-A Albuquerque knocked out former major leaguer Jeff Suppan with seven runs in four innings, en route to a 10-6 win despite only seven hits. Justin Sellers homered twice off Suppan. Ramon Troncoso relieved Carlos Monasterios and pitched three shutout innings for the win. Dee Gordon is 3 for 10 in two games but has two errors.
  • Al Michaels tells Chris Erskine of the Times the following story:

    … When I started my career in Hawaii in minor league baseball, our big rival was the Spokane Indians. The president of the team was Peter O’Malley, the manager was Tommy Lasorda, and they were our rival. … Tommy loves to tell this story, they’re in Hawaii and after every game he’d have to call Al Campanis to tell how the minor leaguers did, so one night, Lasorda says, “Hey, Al, there’s one more thing: There’s this guy on the radio here, really good. If you ever need a guy, his name’s Al Michaels. I know you got Vinny, but down the line, you know.” Campanis says, “Hey Tommy, this announcer, how do you even know about him?” Tommy says, “Well, I’ve been thrown out of the last four games.” So the irony was, here’s Tommy, he discovers me in 1970 and tells someone I could be the successor to Vinny. And here we are in 2011 and I’m ready to retire before Vinny is. …

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