Gluten-free diet has Dodgers’ Joc Pederson feeling better.

Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson flew home after playing only 22 Dominican Winter League games because of a stomach ailment traced to gluten or dairy sensitivity. (John McCoy/staff photographer)

It started last November in the Dominican Republic with a bowl of soup and some fish. It might have been a side dish. Joc Pederson isn’t sure.

Whatever it was, something Pederson ate turned on him quickly. He woke up the next day feeling so bad he couldn’t play baseball, caught a flight home, and was ultimately was unable to return to the Dominican Winter League after playing just 22 games.

“I had to meet a bunch of doctor specialists down here,” Pederson said Friday at a Dodgers Community Caravan stop in Northeast Los Angeles. “They told me I can’t digest gluten or dairy so I haven’t eaten gluten or dairy since, like, Thanksgiving. It’s not really a choice. I wish it was a choice.”

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Dodgers 2015 FanFest details revealed.

The Dodgers announced all the major details for their annual FanFest on Thursday. The free event will be held Saturday, January 31 at Dodger Stadium from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature appearances and autograph availability from Dodger players, coaches and alumni.

Parking gates A, C and E open at 9:30 a.m. and fans may enter the stadium through the left or right field plaza gates at 10 a.m.

Here are the scheduled autograph times and locations:

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Clayton Kershaw’s ping pong tournament going strong in second year.

Ping Pong 4 Purpose

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (holding the Stella Artois can) and comedian George Lopez play ping pong Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. (David Crane/Staff photographer)


When Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul team up, how can they lose?

On a superficial level, Thursday night proved it was possible. Columnist Jill Painter reports that the two were bounced in the first round of Kershaw’s second annual “Ping Pong 4 Purpose” charity event at Dodger Stadium.

In all the ways that matter, Kershaw carried the day. A slew of Hollywood celebrities and Dodger players participated in the event, whose proceeds benefit Kershaw’s Challenge. From Jill’s column:

The money raised from the event will go toward building another orphanage in Africa and money to help pay for surgeries and medical care. In addition, funds will help the Dream Center, an organization that helps people move from the street to transitional housing.

Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

Local Congressman clarifies proposal for ‘binding baseball-style arbitration’ over SportsNet LA.

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) sent a letter today to the chairmen of Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and the Federal Communications Commission spelling out his earlier proposal for a binding arbitration process. It’s the third letter sent by a local member of Congress to the FCC concerning the ongoing dispute over SportsNet LA, the Dodgers’ home channel.

Here is the full text of the letter signed by Sherman. It’s a fairly dry read, but the level of specificity emphasizes the level of thought put into the proposal. Proposing binding arbitration becomes more than a two-word soundbite:

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Jerry Reuss will autograph book Friday in Pasadena.

Jerry Reuss bookFormer Dodgers pitcher Jerry Reuss will be conducting a talk and book signing this Friday at 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Reuss will be signing his book “Bring In the Right-Hander!” The book is also available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble bookstores and University of Nebraska Press.

In a 22-year Major League career, Reuss pitched for eight teams, including the Dodgers from 1979-87. A two-time All-Star, he was a member of the Dodgers’ 1981 world championship team and he pitched a no-hitter at San Francisco on June 27, 1980.

Blacked-out Dodger fans plan protest for 3 p.m. Sunday.

Dodgers fans are taking their complaints to the streets.

A public protest of the Dodgers’ television deal has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday outside The Short Stop bar. The protest will follow a route to the corner of Sunset and Elysian Park, then up the hill to the intersection of Stadium Way and Elysian Park.

According to a press release from FansRising.com, the various cable and satellite providers around Los Angeles not carrying SportsNet LA have left an estimated seven in 10 viewers unable to watch games.

The campaign has 3,039 fan signatures. FansRising.com says that hundreds have RSVP’d for the protest.

The news comes as former Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, in an interview with Yahoo! Sports Radio on Friday, called the Time Warner standoff a “tipping point” from a business standpoint.

Claire, who teaches a Sports Business course at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, called the lack of traction for Time Warner “a major, major problem for the business of sports. … There is always the assumption that the fan will pay.”

650 high school baseball players to attend Sunday’s Dodgers-Pirates game.

Six hundred fifty local high school baseball players and their coaches have been sponsored by Dennis Gilbert to attend Sunday’s game between the Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The players, who hail from 24 Los Angeles-area schools, participated in the fifth annual Dennis Gilbert Spring Baseball Classic April 5-19 at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Gilbert, Urban Youth Academy Director (and 10-year major-league veteran) Don Buford will be introduced on the field Sunday.

Gilbert is a special assistant to Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and an UYA board member.

Jr. RBI Classic Showcase coming to Compton on Saturday.

The inaugural Los Angeles Jr. RBI Classic Showcase will take place Sunday through Monday at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton.

Hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and MLB, it’s the first competitive element of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program’s younger Jr. RBI playing divisions.

The Jr. RBI playing divisions (ages 5 to 12), which are designed to focus on teaching the fundamentals and highlighting the fun of playing baseball and softball, serve as feeder programs for the age 13-18 baseball and softball divisions of the overall RBI program.

The participating teams are Dodgers RBI (consisting of three separate teams from the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Boys & Girls Club of Venice and Los Angeles Recreation and Parks), Angels RBI (Anaheim) and San Diego Padres RBI (San Diego).