Expecting lots of rain for tonight’s game. It’s pretty gray right now, 3 1/2 hours before the game. Jason Schmidt just finished his sim game, everything SEEMED OK from up here, but we won’t know for sure until we go down and find out. Marlins are taking BP right now. Luis Gonzalez just took some grounders at first base, and although he also did that in spring training, the Marlins beat guys tell me this was the first time they have seen him do it since then. I’ll check back when I know something more.
I just arrived here about an hour ago after a very long day of flying. Doesn’t appear to be any significant news, although I did receive word via email from Dodgers PR staffer Mark Rogoff that Yhency Brazoban was, indeed, promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, a move we knew was coming soon. … I notice some major differences in posting on the blog since I last posted yesterday, so I’m guessing they did some work on it today. I’m not sure if that means you can post your comments now or what, but I’m crossing my fingers and holding my breath in hopes that it does mean exactly that. … Staying in Coral Gables on this trip, just for something different, and I was able to get a decent rate at the Westin down here. Was already late at night when I got in, but it looks like a really neat area. I guess this is where the University of Miami is, although I saw no evidence of its presence when I arrived. This is actually south of the Miami airport, so it was quite a haul from the Fort Lauderdale airport, where I landed, and it’s going to seem like an even longer haul when I head back for that crack-of-dawn flight out of here on Friday morning, but that’s OK. I believe this is the first time I have actually come into Miami since Super Bowl XXXIII (Jan. 1999), when I was a backup on the Broncos beat at the Rocky Mountain News. It’s way different from Lauderdale, I know that. … I’ll check in tomorrow from whatever they’re calling that stadium now. It won’t be nearly as full as it was that night, when the Broncos pounded the Falcons in what turned out to be the last game of John Elway’s career. Nighty-night.
Loney singled through the right side with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th, and that was that. The Dodgers had their first series sweep of the season, as well as their first three-game winning streak, and they are actually on a little bit of a hot streak now, having won five of their past seven. They’ll travel tomorrow, the start a three-gamer with the Marlins on Tuesday night at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/whateverthehecktheyarecallingitthesedays Stadium. … Loaiza blew a 2-0 lead in the fifth and was gone, but really, he gave the Dodgers everything they could have asked for considering they have shuffled him in and out of the rotation all season. The bullpen came up huge, especially Cory Wade, who retired six of seven in his third big-league appearance. Broxton pitched out of a huge jam after he walked the leadoff man in the eighth and Hu committed what could have been a costly throwing error, and Saito and Beimel got into and out of trouble in the eighth and ninth, as well. … Dodgers go to 12-13 and now have a comfortable 1 1/2-game lead over the third-place Giants, but they still trail the Snakes by six. … I’ll try to post tomorrow, but it takes pretty much a full day to get from here to Fort Lauderdale, so I might not. And thanks to Doug Padilla for covering the series for me. I was ready for a weekend off, and even though I was at all three games working on this blog and a few other things, it was refreshing not to have to worry about deadlines and the like. Have a good Sunday evening, everyone.