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"Oh you're starting today…have fun expelling everything in your system beforehand."- my body somehow knowing I pitch today.
— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson3737) March 9, 2015
By Jon Weisman
Tweets of doom aside, Brett Anderson was as cool as the other side of the toilet Monday in his first Cactus League start for the Dodgers.
Anderson sailed through two shutout innings, needing only 23 pitches to navigate seven batters (five groundouts, a strikeout and a single).
And in addition to those notes, there are these:
- Howie Kendrick’s fifth-inning throwing error was the Dodgers’ second in seven games this spring, and ended their consecutive errorless streak at 45 innings.
- Corey Seager, one of three Dodgers (with O’Koyea Dickson and Kyle Jensen) to play in six Cactus League games so far, is starting at shortstop today.
- The Dodgers’ team leader in plate appearances so far is Scott Schebler with 13.
- In this profile of Chris Hatcher by Dylan Hernandez of the Times, we learn more about Hatcher’s conversion from catcher to pitcher, and also the importance of him placing more faith in his breaking ball.
- Cued up by Don Mattingly, J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News passes along a narrative involving umpire Ted Barrett and former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson.
- Where did Spring Training really come from? Alex Skillin explores the origins at the Hardball Times, with one-time Brooklyn manager Ned Hanlon playing a role.