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In case you missed it: Diving Dee

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By Jon Weisman

I don’t have any special insight into where Dee Gordon stands in the competition for playing time at second base (as well as backing up center field), though I don’t feel he’s done much to hurt himself. At a minimum, I can say I’ve really enjoyed watching him this spring.

Gordon went 0 for 1 today but had a couple of nice diving stops, including the inning-ending play shown above.

Meanwhile, Justin Turner has quietly been going about his business of attempting to cement a spot on the roster. Turner started at short today and had this grab.

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The Dodgers suffered their first home loss of Spring Training 2014, falling 4-1 to Seattle, with Los Angeles’ only run coming on a home run by minor-leaguer Trayvon Robinson. Ken Gurnick of has the recap.

In other news …

  • Fears about pitching prospect Ross Stripling were confirmed: He will be having Tommy John surgery Wednesday, reports Gurnick. Stripling injured himself throwing batting practice February 21, but still pitched in a game February 26.
  • A couple of notes on Australia via Ernest Reyes of Blue Heaven: A history of baseball in Australia from John Thorn and a report on the conversion of the Sydney Cricket Grounds to baseball from MLB field and facilities coordinator Murray Cook.
  • Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports likes the Dodgers chances in the National League West — a lot.
  • Former Dodger Bill Buckner is retiring from baseball. He has been a Single-A hitting coach in the Cubs’ organization.
  • Some upcoming SportsNet LA programming:
    • Wednesday, 10 p.m.: “Talkin’ Blue: State of the Dodgers”
    • Saturday, 10 p.m.: “Connected With…Adrian Gonzalez”
    • March 14, 8 p.m.: “Connected With…Ned Colletti”
    • March 21, 8:30 p.m.: “Talkin’ Blue: Dodger Pitchers”
    • March 26, 8 p.m.: “Connected With…Stan Kasten”
    • March 31, 8:30 p.m.:“Talkin’ Blue: 2014 Season Preview”
    • April 1, 8 p.m.: “Connected With…Brian Wilson”
  • Today in Jon SooHoo includes son and father combo Scott and Andy Van Slyke.



March 4 pregame: Ten reassigned from Major League camp


March 5 pregame: Inside-the-park homerless runs


  1. John, that Dee play you referenced happened in the 7th, he then made a diving pay to his left in the 9th. So had a twofer yesterday. But the one in the ninth was a single but prevented the runner from going to 3rd.

  2. oldbrooklynfan

    Great to see homegrown Dee Gordon doing well in his fight to win the second base job.

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