They’re still in the hospital, but they’re doing fine, and so is their mom. Their names are Grace and Ava, and their father was beaming in the clubhouse today. “People ask you what it’s like, and I tell them, `You can’t describe it,”’ said Nomar, who experienced it for the first time in his life. For those of us who have gone through it before (especially us dads, who didn’t have to do any of the real work), we know exactly what he was talking about. For those who haven’t, Nomar is exactly right, you can’t describe it. … Just saw the forecast for the three days in Milwaukee. Wednesday: a high of 38 degrees and snow. Good thing they have that retractable roof.
Grady Little just said that if Rafael Furcal can’t go in Monday’s opener at Milwaukee, Juan Pierre will lead off, with Russell Martin batting second. Wilson Betemit then will hit sixth behind Luis Gonzalez, with Andre Ethier batting seventh. Ramon Martinez, and not Wilson Valdez, will play shortstop and bat eighth because Grady says he wants to go with the veteran player in an opening-day game, although that could change for Game 2 on Tuesday night. Plus, there still is no guarantee Valdez will even be on the team. Grady also said he still hasn’t decided how to slot Betemit and Ethier into the seven and eight holes when everyone is healthy. He said earlier in camp that he is leaning toward Ethier seventh and Betemit eighth, but it was the other way around on Friday night. … Meanwhile, no one seems too upset over Nick Gorneault plowing into Mike Lieberthal in the eighth inning, even though it was a meaningless exhibition game. “That’s the way you play baseball on the field, no matter when it is,” Little said. … Dodgers fell to 16-15-1 for the spring, and they still haven’t won a Freeway Series game since 2003.
Larry Bigbie entered the game defensively in the sixth, then led off the bottom of the inning with a single, raising his spring average for the moment to .364. Chad Billingsley faced the minimum for three innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Tsao on now, whiffed Mike Napoli to start the seventh. Still no offense to speak of against Hector Carrasco, Scott Shields and Chris Bootcheck. Angels 3, Dodgers 1, top 7