Justin Turner is not in the Dodgers’ lineup Thursday, one day after he was hit by two pitches in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Alex Wood couldn’t get through the eighth inning, so Kenley Jansen did. The closer recorded first five-out save of his career in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The box score is here.
There’s an exit velocity tracker on the right field scoreboard for the first time, and the players have taken notice.
Howie Kendrick‘s second game of the season will take him a long way from the right side of the infield. He is the Dodgers’ starting left fielder for Tuesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The last time Kendrick started a game in left field was Aug. 13, 2011 for the Angels.
“Hopefully,” Kendrick said after finishing Monday night’s game in left field, “it’ll help us win some ballgames.”
Kendrick has started 1,062 games at second base in his career, including Tuesday’s. This will be his 21st start in left.
The position has become a sore spot for the Dodgers. Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke are all on the disabled list. So is Alex Guerrero, who’s dabbled in left in the past. Trayce Thompson, Kiké Hernandez and Charlie Culberson are the others on the roster who have experience at the position, but manager Dave Roberts said he wanted Kendrick’s bat in the lineup against Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa.
The Dodgers’ bullpen squandered another lead Tuesday. Only the opponent and venue changed from the general plotline the Dodgers observed in San Francisco. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Pitcher Kenta Maeda is starting the Dodgers’ home opener, which is a big deal for Maeda here and his many fans back in Japan.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke was asked about the comparisons between him and Maeda (begun by Yasmani Grandal in spring training): “I’ve only watched him pitch an inning, but that’s what they’ve been saying a little bit, and if you read his scouting report it seems pretty accurate. I probably shouldn’t comment since I’ve only seen him pitch one inning.”