Dodgers manager Joe Torre will be a guest tonight on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” Torre will appear on just the 11th episode of the new show, which made its debut June 1.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez has dropped to sixth among NL
outfielders in latest fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers star is serving a 50-game penalty for violating baseball’s drug
policy. He is eligible to return July 3, and the All-Star game is 11 days later in St.
Philadelphia’s Raul Ibanez leads NL outfielders with 1,897,905 votes in results released
Monday. He is followed by Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (1,667,029), the Mets’ Carlos Beltran
(1,367,412) and the Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano (1,340,669). Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino
moved into fifth with 1,116,524 and Ramirez was sixth at 999,800.
Ramirez hit .348 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 27 games before he was suspended May 7.
From the Seattle Times’ Sideline Chatter …
Babe Ruth would have been so (burp) proud.
Fans of the minor-league Albuquerque (N.M.) Isotopes, the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, broke their own hot-dog eating record Monday night by downing 37,669 — or 3.42 dogs for each of the 11,110 fans — at the team’s seventh annual 50-Cent Hot Dog Extravaganza, shattering the 2003 mark of 35,468.
Tuesday’s game, we assume, featured the equally popular Tums and Pepto Bismol Night.
The Boston Red Sox drafted Harvard-Westlake outfielder Gavin McCourt, son of Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and CEO Jamie McCourt, in the 39th round.
The Dodgers selected 51 players in 50 rounds, including 21 pitchers and 29 position players. Los Angeles selected five catchers, nine outfielders, and 15 infielders.
The list of Dodgers draft picks:
Baylor University (TX)
UC – Berkley
Maize High School (KS)
Orange Coast College (CA)
Loyola Marymount University
University of Oklahoma
Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
Fowler (CA) High School
Luis Munoz Marin High School
University of Oklahoma
UC – Davis
Mississippi State University
University of New Mexico
Western Kentucky University
Newberry College (SC)
St. Benedictine High School (ON)
St. Joseph’s College (IN)
Gonzaga University (WA)
Univ. of Louisiana – Lafayette
Vanguard University (CA)
Houston High School
George Mason University (VA)
Florida State University
Coppell (TX) High School
Providence (NC) High School
University of Georgia
Cocoa Beach (FL) High School
Barry University (FL)
Middle Georgia College
Pepperdine University (CA)
Jackson State CC (TN)
The Masters College (CA)
Kansas Wesleyan University
George Washington Univ. (DC)
California Lutheran University
Culver-Stockton College (CA)
Ladysmith (WI) High School
Corona Del Sol High School (AZ)
Lincoln High School (CA)
South Mountain CC (AZ)
Cornell College (NY)
Junipero Serra High School (CA)
Northshore High School (CA)
Deep Run High School (VA)
Amador Valley High School (CA)
Second Baptist School (TX)
Desert Vista High School (AZ)
Laurens District 55 HS (SC)
Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic HS (PA)
Kennedy High School (CA)
Randy Wolf lost Sunday for the first time since his first start of the season, April 7 at San Diego, snapping an unbeaten stretch of 11 starts.
Prior to Sunday’s game, the Dodgers placed left-hander Eric Milton on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Saturday) with a strained back, and recalled infielder Blake DeWitt from Triple-A Albuquerque.
From the Dodgers’ crack PR staff …
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Pacific Coast League American South Division
26-27, 1st Place, 1.5 Games Ahead
LUNA TUNES: INF Hector Luna ranks fifth in the Pacific Coast League with a .359 batting average and second with a 1.106 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS)…the 29-year-old batted .382 (39-for-102) with eight homers and 29 RBI in 28 games in May…the Dominican Republic native is hitting .436 (17-for-39) against left-handed pitchers… Luna appeared in 15 Cactus League games for the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee, batting .204 (5-for-24) with a homer and four RBI.
RUN FOR THE ROSARIO: OF Jovanny Rosario is batting .294 (10-for-34) in 12 games since his promotion from Double-A Chattnooga on May 24…the switch-hitter is batting .348 (8-for-23) against right-handed pitchers…Rosario will celebrate his 24th birthday on Sunday…he spent the 2008 season with Single-A Great Lakes, batting .270 with 35 RBI in 127 games.
CHOI IS MY BOY: RHP Hyang-Nam Choi has struck out 21 and allowed just 12 base runners in 12.2 innings…struck out four in 2.1 scoreless innings in his Isotopes debut on May 18 at Fresno (Giants)…Choi was signed as a minor league free agent on May 23, and spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Korean Lotte Giants.
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Southern League North Division
22-31, Tied for 3rd Place, 8.5 Games Back
FROM MAY TO JUNE: C Lucas May has hit safely in nine games in a row, batting .533 (16-for-30) to raise his average to .298 from .188…he has also hit safely in 13 straight starts, batting .467 (21-for-45) in those games…the 24-year-old was selected by the Dodgers in eighth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.
SWEET BABY JAMES: OF James Tomlin has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .333 (15-for-45) to raise his average to .305 from .288…the Dodgers signed the Saint Bernard High School (Playa del Ray) alum as a minor league free agent in February 2007.
SARTOR THE MARTYR: RHP Matthew Sartor has posted a 1.20 ERA (2 ER/15.0 IP) in his last 11 games beginning May 1…the 24-year-old had a 4.32 ERA (8 ER/16.2 IP) in seven appearances in April…he is limiting the opposition to a .165 average, including an .093 mark (4-for-43) by left-handed hitters…Sartor was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in July 2007.
Single-A Inland Empire 66ers
California League South Division
24-29, 3rd Place, 10.0 Games Back
GREAT SCOTT!!: OF Scott Van Slyke ranks seventh in the California League with a .323 average and fourth with 63 hits…he is also tied for third in the chain with 18 doubles and tied for ninth with 35 RBI…the Dodgers’ 14th-round pick from the 2005 draft has hit safely in seven straight starts, going 12-for-27 with nine RBI to raise his average from .305…the 22-year-old is batting .393 (24-for-61) with runners in scoring position overall.
ROBINSON, MY SON: OF Trayvon Robinson leads the league with 20 stolen bases and ranks second with 69 hits…the Crenshaw High School alum is batting .314 in 52 games overall…he was selected by the Dodgers in the 10th round of the 2005 draft.
HE’S THE MAN: OF Elian Herrera is batting .344 with 16 runs scored and eight steals in nine attempts in 18 games since his May 12 promotion from Single-A Great Lakes…the switch-hitter is batting .409 (9-for-22) against lefties and .310 (13-for-42) against righties…the 24-year-old Dominican Republic native was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in May 2003.
Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Midwest League Eastern Division
27-25, 3rd Place, 5.5 Games Back
DEE-LIGHTFUL!!: INF Dee Gordon leads the Midwest League with 29 stolen bases…he is 29-for-35 overall, an 83 percent success rate…the 20-year-old also is tied for fourth in the league with 60 hits, and is batting .293 in 50 games overall…Gordon was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.
RUSSELL’S ATHLETIC: OF Kyle Russell leads the Midwest League with 14 home runs and ranks second in the circuit with a .585 slugging percentage…he also ranks second in the league with 42 RBI, and is tied for the league lead with 41 runs scored…the University of Texas product is batting .285 with 14 doubles in 52 games overall…the 22-year-old was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2008 draft.
JAVY TALK: RHP Javy Guerra ranks second in the Midwest League with 13 saves…he has a 1.82 ERA in 21 appearances, and is limiting the opposition to a .171 average…the Dodgers’ fourth-round pick from the 2004 draft has 38 strikeouts in 29.2 innings, an average of 11.5 punchouts per nine innings.
GOSH, JOSH: RHP Josh Walter is 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 16 games (one start)…he made his first pro start on Sunday vs. Peoria (Cubs), and tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball…the 24-year-old, who signed with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in June 2008 out of Texas State University, has struck out 35 in 28.1 innings…the opposition is hitting only .172 against him.