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By Jon Weisman
My wife has been perpetually perplexed that to her ears, I pronounce the word “ketchup” as if it were “catchup.” So with that in mind, let’s ketchup on some Dodger news …
- In the video above, Justin Turner and Fernando Valenzuela guest in the Vin Scully Bobblehead promo.
- Ahead of the second Yoga Day at Dodger Stadium on September 20 (special ticket required), here’s a look at this summer’s first Yoga Day with Kelli Tennant.
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- Albert Pujols struck out Clayton Kershaw in their charity Wiffle ball game Wednesday, as David Adler of MLB.com notes.
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- Wednesday starter Joe Wieland was on a flight to pitch for Oklahoma City in the Triple-A playoffs last week when the Dodgers realized they would need to keep on the Major League roster. So Wieland waited out a four-hour layover, then met the team in San Diego. Steve Bourbon recaps Wieland’s mostly effective four-inning stint for the Dodgers at MLB.com.
- Kiké Hernandez believes he’ll be back in action by the last week of the regular season, reports J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News, though as Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig have shown us, hamstrings are fickle friends.
- Nearly 10 years ago at Dodger Thoughts, I brought up the Dodgers’ inability to make the postseason three years in a row as part of a piece attacking mythical sacred cows of Dodger tradition. (Unfortunately, it perpetuated one myth of its own, that the Dodgers forced Jackie Robinson into retirement — his trade to the Giants came after he had already decided to retire.) Anyway, this year is the year the Dodgers could finally finish their first playoff trifecta. Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. looks at all the close calls from the past.
- From the Getting Ahead of Ourselves Department: If the Dodgers win their division, they are likely to play the New York Mets in the National League Division Series. Matthew Leach analyzes the Mets’ potential playoff rotation for Sports on Earth.