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By Jon Weisman
Nothing can top Vin Scully with a koala, but there’s still a lot going on …
- Wind could be a gamechanger in the Opening Series, and there’s a 30 percent chance of rain, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
- The Dodgers’ exhibition game against Team Australia begins Thursday at 1 a.m. Pacific. Zach Lee and Red Patterson will pitch, but we don’t know yet who will start.
- Some Dodgers visited Bondi Beach and played ball with local Little Leaguers, writes Doug Miller of MLB.com. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles has more, as does the Dodgers video crew:
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- Carl Crawford left a minor-league game in Arizona early with a right shoulder injury. Don Mattingly passed along word from Sydney that Crawford is expected to play again in Arizona on Thursday after a planned day off and that no MRI exams or other scans were scheduled, “but that could change,” according to The Associated Press.
- Dan Haren gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday but feels rejuvenated, writes Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Matt Kemp is also feeling good.
- The Dodgers set a new record for average game attendance at Camelback Ranch this year, 9.534 per game, notes Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.
- Longtime farm system analyst John Sickels gives his take on the Dodgers’ top 20 prospects at Minor League Ball.
- According to the newly relaunched FiveThirtyEight, Hanley Ramirez in 2013 had baseball’s most surprisingly good season in the past eight years, while Andruw Jones in 2008 nearly had the most disappointing one.
- Wally Moon gets the 1961 Union Oil Family Booklet treatment (see it at Blue Heaven).
- One last video:
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