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By Jon Weisman
No, I don’t imagine many Dodger games have started on one date in Los Angeles and another at the ballpark.
Matchups against right-hander Trevor Cahill of Arizona for tonight/tomorrow’s second game of 2014 move Dee Gordon and Mike Baxter into the Dodger lineup in place of Opening Day starters Justin Turner and Game 1 star Scott Van Slyke, who combined for four of the Dodgers’ eight times on base.
Cahill is 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, notes J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News. Last year, Cahill allowed the Dodgers four earned runs in 25 2/3 innings, despite striking out only 12. Los Angeles hit one home run against him.
The next time the Dodgers face a righty hurler, against the Padres in a little more than a week, expect Carl Crawford in the lineup. The anticipated birth of his son, Carl Leo Crawford, came this morning, and we send our sincere congratulations.
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- Here’s Opening Day through the lens of Jon SooHoo.
- Kenley Jansen’s cutter is “emasculating,” as Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs illustrates in this post.
- Brian Wilson lowered his Dodger ERA to 0.61 with his scoreless inning in the first game of the season.
- From the Dodger press notes: Half of Van Slyke’s 42 career hits have gone for extra bases (11 doubles, 10 home runs).
- Zack Greinke had a fine outing in Arizona today, writes Steve Dilbeck of the Times: five innings, one run (a solo homer), three hits, no walks, eight strikeouts.
- Though the Dodgers are again the road team in Game 2, they are taken advantage of an opportunity to wear their white jerseys.
- Hoonstra on the fans at Opening Day: “The crowd was not anti-Dodgers, as some predicted. It was mostly neutral, with plenty of cheers for the Dodgers and very few boos. It’s hard to comment on the D-Backs’ rooting contingent since they had little to root for.”
- Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports explains why the Opening Day experience was “delightful.”
- More on the fans from Doug Miller of MLB.com.
- Hyun-Jin Ryu told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that it is his “personal wish” for Major League Baseball to open a season in Korea.
- “Ryu was 5-for-10 (.500) with a double, a triple and a walk at the plate against the Diamondbacks in 2013, and 7-for-48 (.146) with two doubles and a walk against everyone else,” writes Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.
- Recent Dodger utilityman Skip Schumacher will be out about a month with a dislocated shoulder, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.
- Recent Dodger reliever (and Australia native) Peter Moylan is potentially facing a second Tommy John surgery.
- Someone’s having a nice experience with Vin Scully in Australia, as Sons of Steve Garvey notes.
- An update below on Van Slyke’s pursuit of history …
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) March 22, 2014