SportsNet LA adds five Albuquerque Isotopes games to programming schedule.

SportsNet LA will televise five Albuquerque Isotopes home games on a tape-delayed basis later this month, the network announced Tuesday.

The Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate has only 12 home games remaining. Their season ends September 1. The Isotopes’ matchup against the Memphis Redbirds this Friday will be the first game televised through the agreement and the full TV schedule is below.

“To have exposure in the market of our Major League partner is very exciting,” Isotopes general manager John Traub said in a statement. “Thirteen players on the Dodgers’ current 25-man roster have played with the Isotopes on their way to the Major Leagues so this new agreement will be a great way for Dodgers fans to watch some of the top prospects in the organization on their way to Los Angeles.”

SportsNet LA Isotopes TV Schedule

Game Date                               Opponent                                  SportsNet LA TV Time

Aug. 15 @ 6:05 p.m.                 vs. Memphis                               Sun., 8/17 @ 11:00 p.m.

Aug. 16 @ 6:05 p.m.                 vs. Nashville                                Mon., 8/18 @ 2:00 p.m.

Aug. 18 @ 5:35 p.m.                 vs. Nashville                               Wed., 8/20 @ 11:00 a.m.

Aug. 29 @ 6:05 p.m.                 vs. Las Vegas                                  Sun., 8/31 @ 6:00 a.m.

Aug. 31 @ 5:05 p.m.                 vs. Las Vegas                                Tues., 9/2 @ 11:00 a.m.

All times listed are Pacific Time.

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Today’s game story, on Kevin Correia’s unexpected excellence.

The game story is here.

The box score is here.

One more postgame note that didn’t quite fit anywhere in the story: One Dodgers player suggested to me that the Twins’ catchers (Kurt Suzuki, Josmil Pinto and Eric Fryer) might have lacked the experience needed to get the most out of Correia during his time in Minnesota. Suzuki is a 30-year-old veteran; Pinto and Fryer are 25 and 28, respectively. Their catchers’ ERA figures correlate inversely to their ages: 4.26, 4.72 and 4.50, respectively. Maybe there’s something to that. Correia certainly was impressed with Ellis’ pitch-calling.

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Dodgers demote Pedro Baez to Triple-A Albuquerque to accommodate Kevin Correia.

Pedro Baez was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for new acquisition Kevin Correia. Baez made two appearances during the Dodgers’ current road trip, pitching a scoreless inning in each.

If Correia moves back to the bullpen after his spot start Monday, the Dodgers’ relief corps will again consist of six right-handers and left-hander J.P. Howell.

Baez has a 4.50 ERA (4 IP/2 ER) in his first major-league season.

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Adjustments, playing time contributed to three-hit game for Dodgers’ Miguel Rojas.

Miguel Rojas

Miguel Rojas had a career-high three hits Sunday in Milwaukee. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photo)

I didn’t mention it in last night’s game story, but Miguel Rojas‘ three hits were a career-high.

Rojas said after the game that two things are paying off for him right now. One is an increase in playing time since Hanley Ramirez suffered his latest injury, a strained right oblique muscle.

Another is some recent work in the batting cage that led Rojas to make some adjustments at the plate.

Specifically?

“Trying to swing at strikes,” he said. “It’s not mechanical. It’s all mental.”
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Kevin Correia’s Dodgers debut could come tomorrow.

MILWAUKEE — We didn’t bother asking Dan Haren if he was starting tomorrow in Atlanta. His name was on the sheet. There was no reason to expect otherwise.

Besides, Haren earned it. In his most recent start in Anaheim, he gave up three singles, didn’t walk a batter, and only allowed one run in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday. His reward: His next turn in the rotation will be pushed back – at least for one day, it seems — by new Dodger Kevin Correia.

“We talked to (Correia) last night,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He seemed excited about being here. As I told him, right now we’ll use him as spot starts, coming out of the bullpen kind of filling Paul (Maholm)’s role, having some length but also giving us some insurance at the starter’s spot.”

When might that spot start come up?

“It might come up tomorrow,” Mattingly said. “That would come up quick. If it would come up tomorrow, hypothetically speaking, during this little stretch of all the games in a row to give our guys a little bit of a breather. Making sure we’re not overtaxing Kersh, Greinke. We know Hyun-Jin’s pitched better with that little extra day.”

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Dodgers recall Darwin Barney from Triple-A; Hanley Ramirez goes on DL.

MILWAUKEE–Darwin Barney’s flight landed here at 5 a.m. Sunday. A new uniform was waiting for him at Miller Park with number 30 on his back. A new position was waiting for him, too.

Barney, a second baseman for most of his professional life, might need to help the Dodgers more at shortstop — one of two positions (along with third base) he was asked to learn at Triple-A Albuquerque. Hanley Ramirez strained his right oblique muscle in the batting cage Friday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time this season, retroactive to Saturday.

Ramirez underwent an MRI scan Sautrday. Results have not been made available to the media.

Barney said he’s comfortable playing shortstop. He played three innings Saturday night in Las Vegas with Albuquerque, then flew out at 11:30 pm.

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Dodgers acquire Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins. Update.

Kevin Correia

Kevin Correia, who was traded to the Dodgers on Saturday night, leads the American League in losses with 13. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins late Saturday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

The Dodgers are expected to make a corresponding 40-man roster move later tonight.

“Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive.”

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A.J. Ellis’ strange slash line is almost unprecedented.

A.J. Ellis has an unusual slash line: A .192 batting average, .335 on-base percentage and a .234 slugging percentage.

It takes a special combination of traits to achieve those numbers: A good eye, little power, and a complete inability to hit for average. That’s been Ellis this year. But exactly how special is this combination?

Thanks to baseball-reference.com’s play index, there is an answer to this question.

Since 1901, only one player has finished a season with 300 or more plate appearances, a batting average below .200, an on-base percentage above .330 and a slugging percentage below .240. That man is Jimmy Sheckard. In his final major-league season of 1913, Sheckard batted .194/.368/.238.

Yep, it’s the same Jimmy Sheckard whose three triples in one game (in 1901) were not matched by a Dodger until Yasiel Puig did it last month in San Francisco.

Look out, Jimmy. Now A.J. is coming for you too.

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