shuttle chaos

The shuttle system at Dodger Stadium hasn’t been working quite as well as it did earlier in the day. My co-worker, Justin Frank, said he arrived at Dodger Stadium at 3 p.m. and didn’t get to the Coliseum until 5:30 p.m. Ouch! There was at least an hour wait for a shuttle when he got there.

To shuttle or not to shuttle

I took the shuttle from Dodger Stadium today, and it couldn’t have been an easier way to get to the Coliseum. I got to Dodger Stadium at 2:15 p.m. and by the time I parked, got on the shuttle and arrived at 3 p.m. However, a friend of mine called from Dodger Stadium and said she left because the line to get on the shuttle was so long. She’s trying her luck somewhere near the Coliseum. I wished her luck.

Ask and you shall receive

Tonight’s lineups, for those who asked

Lugo SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Lowell 3B
Youkilis 1B
Crisp CF
Ellsbury RF
Kielty LF
Cash C

Furcal SS
Martin C
Ethier LF
Kent 2B
Jones CF
Loney 1B
Kemp RF
Pierre DH
DeWitt 3B

Interesting they DH Pierre in a ballpark where he might actually be able to throw the ball from LF to home plate. As for Kershaw, I didn’t get your request until after I was done downstairs, and I can’t find any documentation stating that he IS going to pitch behind Loaiza tomorrow, but I do think it’s a safe bet. He hasn’t pitched since Tuesday, and he needs at least a couple of innings because J-ville doesn’t open its season until Thursday against West Tennessee. … By the way, it LOOKS like Ramon Troncoso is going to get the last spot in the bullpen. He is having a GREAT spring. He also already has a 40-man spot, and those are in short supply right now. It’s a wing and a prayer given that his 35 appearances at J-ville are his ONLY experience at anything higher than Single-A. But he’s a sinkerball, groundball pitcher who gave up seven home runs in 215 1/3 minor-league innings. … Speaking of guys with very little experience above Single-A, Torre also but said in his pregame media session today that Blake DeWitt will be the opening-day 3B. He is waiting until the moment rosters have to be set (noon tomorrow) to make it official just in case something unforeseen (trade for a 3B) happens. But for now, that’s the way they plan to go. … Jill Painter will be blogging in-game tonight. That’s all for me until later.

Dodgers 3, Red Sox 1

Rafael Furcal went 3 for 4, raising his average to .385. Chad Billingsley pitched five superb innings, allowing a run on two hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. The boys scored two in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie, Mark Sweeney driving home Andre Ethier with the winner with an RBI double. James Loney plated Sweeney with a single. Joe Beimel, Ramon Troncoso, Scott Proctor and Jonathan Broxton held the Sox to one hit over the final four innings. Dodgers go to 10-17-4 for the spring. … And they just dimmed the lights at 10:54 p.m. Good. I was getting a headache.

Blinded by the light

I can’t even begin to put into words how much brighter it is here than in the past. I’m not sure I like it yet. It just doesn’t look like Dodger Stadium. It has this weird, green flourescent sort of feel to it. But I’m sure the 83 games I’m going to see here over the next six months will be enough for me to get used to it. It’s just that it sort of overwhelms the senses the first time you see it. … Doesn’t look like the Christmas tree sales down in the bullpens are especially brisk. Guess they’ll pick up around the Holidays. … Jeff Kent is in the lineup, batting fourth. He ran before the game. Guess he must have felt OK. He does need at-bats in advance of Monday’s opener.

The old yard, all spruced up

Actually, I haven’t been down on the field-level concourse yet to see how much wider it is. But from the press box, I can see what they have done to the bullpens. There are trees out there. Or are the hedges? Not sure, but it’s some kind of foliage, which will no doubt make the relievers feel outdoorsy as they warm up to come into the game in key situations. What I’m really looking forward to is seeing what the new lights look like when it gets dark tonight. Supposedly, the place is going to be twice as bright, or at least that’s what Frank told us at dinner one night in Vero Beach. … No news so far today. Jeff Kent is supposed to take BP in a simulated game at 3:30. It’s now 3:47, so they can start anytime.

Dodgers 2, Angels 2

The Dodgers played the Angels and DIDN’T LOSE!!!!!!! Andre Ethier, playing RF, impersonated Dave Parker in the 1979 All-Star Game (look THAT ONE up) and threw out two runners on the basepaths, including his Vlad-ness trying to stretch a single in the sixth inning and Brandon Wood trying to score on a would-be sac fly in the eighth. Blake DeWitt took another step toward being the opening-day 3B by making a game-saving stop of a ball hit by Maicer Izturis in the eighth that would have gone up the LF line, turning it instead into a harmless infield single. DeWitt then worked a six-pitch walk with two outs in the ninth to load the bases, only to have Juan Pierre fly out two pitches later, leaving the bases loaded and leaving Pierre’s average for the spring at a ro(bust) .179.
After the game, Joe Torre still wouldn’t shed any light on the OF situation.
“I’ll let you know when I know,” he said.
In other words, he’ll let us know when he figures out how to break the news to JP. That’s why Joe gets paid what he gets paid. As for why JP gets paid what he gets paid, well, that isn’t entirely clear.
Dodgers go to 9-17-4 for the spring. As Ned Colletti pointed out in Joe’s office, they become the first team in the history of baseball to play to a tie in Florida, Arizona, China and California, all in the same spring. Woo-hooooooo!!!!