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By Jon Weisman
After playing their first 13 games in 24 days, the Dodgers will play their next 13 games in 13 days. So get ready …
Late updates: Taking advantage of his remaining options, the Dodgers sent Paco Rodriguez to Albuquerque to make room for the return of Brian Wilson from the disabled list. Obviously, this won’t be the last the Dodgers see of Rodriguez, who had allowed six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings this year while striking out five.
More forebodingly, Chad Billingsley is returning to Los Angeles for an MRI after cutting short a bullpen session today with discomfort in his right elbow. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has more on both stories if you click the links.
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Some gems from the Dodger press notes:
- The Dodgers’ 7-1 start on the road this season is their best since 1983, and a win tonight would make this their best road start since the 1977 team went 11-1.
- The Dodgers lead MLB by scoring first in 10 games this season and winning nine of those (via Stats, LLC).
- The Dodger bullpen has allowed only two of 20 inherited runners to score this season.
- Adrian Gonzalez became the eighth Los Angeles Dodger to have at least 10 RBI in a three-game series. Frank Howard is tops with 12 from July 27-29, 1962 against the Giants.
- Gonzalez has homered in four consecutive games, one off the team record held by Roy Campanella (1950), Shawn Green (2001) and Matt Kemp (2010).
- Gonzalez has an extra-base hit in eight consecutive games, one off the team record held by Jack Fournier.
- I looked up Fournier’s streak just now (August 20-26, 1925) and saw that it included doubleheaders on three consecutive days. From sunup on August 22 to sundown on August 24, the 35-year-old first baseman went 10 for 22 with two doubles, a triple, three homers and four walks.
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Also in today’s mix …
- The first Jackie Robinson Celebration Game was set for today at Holman Stadium at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, matching Florida State League teams Lakeland (Tigers) and Brevard County (Brewers). Former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent was to address the crowd with history about Robinson.
- Kenley Jansen threw a cutter that broke 100 mph, notes Daniel Brim at Dodgers Digest.
- Ernest Reyes at Blue Heaven presents some anti-discrimination baseball memorabilia.
- Duke Snider received the 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet treatment (also at Blue Heaven).
- The Dodgers were shut out four times in nine games at San Francisco in 2012, but none in 2013.