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Jon Weisman's outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball and life

Capuano deguanoed

Dodgers 7, A’s 2


  • Chris Capuano struck out three in two shutout innings, allowing two singles.
  • Alex Castellanos hit his first home run in a Dodger uniform, off ex-Dodger Travis Schlichting.
  • Dee Gordon started things with the first of two walks on the day and then stole second. A double by Mark Ellis and a single by Matt Kemp then brought home two runs.
  • Andre Ethier capped a four-run Dodger sixth with a two-run double. Ethier also drew one of the Dodgers’ seven walks.
  • Josh Fields singled, making him 4 for 5 this spring.
  • Adam Kennedy went 2 for 2.
  • Tim Federowicz reached base twice, on a hit-by-pitch and a walk.
  • Todd Coffey struck out two in a perfect inning.
  • John Grabow, who had been nursing a sore calf, according to Ken Gurnick of, also pitched a perfect inning.
  • In his glowing review of the day, Steve Dilbeck of Dodgers Now notes that Kemp tagged from second to third on a foul-out to the first baseman.


  • Days at the O-fer Inn: Trent Oeltjen, Tony Gwynn Jr., Juan Rivera, Ivan De Jesus Jr., Josh Bard, Lance Zawadzki.
  • Stephen Fife and Wil Ledezma each allowed late-inning runs.


  • From differing perspectives, Maury Wills and Don Mattingly reflect on the effect of long-term contracts in this Gurnick piece.
  • Tony Jackson of chronicles the visit of Cory Hahn, the former Southern California prep baseball player who was paralyzed in his first game for Arizona State.
  • Jackson said that non-roster invitee Scott Rice won the team’s annual “Dodgers Idol” competition with an original song about Kenley Jansen.
  • In a post that’s interesting if only for its detail about the baseball’s new draft salary structure, Conor Glassey of Baseball America looks deeper at who might end up with injured Harvard-Westlake righty Lucas Giolito. You might file this one away until June.


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  1. Anonymous

    I’m liking these post titles. Its good none of the Dodger pitchers has a last name of Orange, tho.

    • Anonymous

      Come to think of it, Billingsley is a tough name for this pattern, too.

    • Anonymous

       You’d have to stretch it a bit, like Orange Re-Arranged (or Re-Orranged).

      I won’t second-guess Jon on Billingsley, but don’t be too surprised if he uses the common nickname “Bills”.

  2. Anonymous

    At what point do we get a rule from making references to Todd Coffey’s last name and scenes from “Glengarry Glen Ross?”

  3. Anonymous

    Kemp has a lot to learn. I once scored from third on a sac fly to the catcher.

  4. Anonymous

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I sure wish the Oakland A’s and Manny Ramirez would get their contract situation straightened out.

    Constantly, over the past two days, all I hear on sports TV and sports radio is the same phrase over and over and over: “Pay to Manny,” “Pay to Manny,” “Pay to Manny,” “Pay to Manny.”

    I’ve had enough of it.

  5. Anonymous

    Liked Castellanos’ HR maybe he did really breakthrough last year and the Dodgers got a steal? If he can pull on 2B who knows. Time will tell.

  6. Ugh, not great news: Dylan Hernandez ‏ @dylanohernandez:
    Kenley Jansen at doctor because of possibly fluttering heart. Had shortness of breath last night.

    Hope he’s okay. Fingers crossed it doesn’t turn into a big worry.

  7. Got my tickets for Camelback yesterday, The game vs. the Angels on the 18th is going to be packed full of fans!

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