Daily Distractions: Don Sutton bobblehead; updates on Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Hanley Ramirez.

Don SuttonDon Sutton will be the fourth and final bobblehead given away during the 2013 season, the Dodgers announced today.

The mini-Suttons will be nodding yes on June 6. The 7 p.m. game that night against the Atlanta Braves is a three-star game under the Dodgers’ new pricing plan.

The other bobblehead giveaways this season include Hanley Ramirez on April 30 (vs. COL), Matt Kemp on May 14 (vs. WAS), Jaime Jarrín on May 25 (vs. STL), Sandy Koufax on June 27 (vs. PHI), Adrian Gonzalez on July 11 (vs. COL), Vin Scully on July 25 (vs. CIN), Hideo Nomo on Aug. 10 (vs. TB), a “flag saving” Rick Monday on Aug. 27 (vs. CHI) and Magic Johnson on Sept. 12 (vs. SF).

It’s the first-ever bobblehead for Sutton at Dodger Stadium, who was given the royal treatment in 2007 in Milwaukee. Sutton was a Brewer for two-and-a-half seasons and a Dodger for 16 – from 1966 to 1980 and again in 1988. He still owns several franchise pitching records, including wins (233), starts (533), games (550), strikeouts (2,696), innings pitched (3,814.0) and shutouts (52).

Which defunct San Francisco ballpark, and which former National League MVP’s reputation, are getting blown up? Read on …

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Daily Distractions: Several major-leaguers implicated in PED report; Suck, Schmidt and Sax.

Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez’s HCG supplier, Tony Bosch, has a long list of clients in professional sports, according to a report today in the Miami New Times. (AP photo)

Just in case a small patch of your thick skin still hasn’t numbed to the idea that some professional athletes use performancing-enhancing drugs, the Miami New Times reported today that Alex Rodriguez, Yasmani Grandal, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Nelson Cruz are listed as clients of a Miami clinic that distributes illegal PEDs.

Rodriguez and Gonzalez – whose father did admit to purchasing weight-loss products from the clinic – have already denied any connection to the clinic’s former proprietor, Tony Bosch.

Major League Baseball will have the final say. The league is investigating the matter and suspensions could be levied if the apparent PED use can be proven. Cabrera, Colon and Grandal were all suspended 50 games for violating MLB’s drug policy at some point last year. Gonzalez, Rodriguez and Cruz have never been penalized for PED use.

Regardless of the outcome, this story represents another wrinkle in the never-ending game of cat and mouse that exists among athletes seeking an edge, the PED suppliers who enable them, and the sports and government authorities charged with policing this activity.

Even if you’re numb to this plot, give it a read. The level of journalism is excellent, and there’s tremendous value in weeding out another hub for illegal drug distribution – regardless of whether the clientele is famous or not.

There is a Dodgers connection. You might recall Bosch’s name from 2010, when Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for the women’s fertility drug HCG. Bosch’s clinic was the supplier of Ramirez’s HCG.

As the author, Tim Elfrink, concludes: “Indeed, there are two patterns to the names of athletes in Bosch’s records: (1) Most have direct ties to Miami and often to the UM Hurricanes baseball program, and (2) a number have already been caught doping — which suggests that either Bosch isn’t particularly gifted at crafting drugs that can beat performance tests or his clients aren’t careful.”

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Postgame: Dodgers 9, Giants 1

The Dodgers beat the Giants 9-1 tonight in San Francisco. For a full recap and boxscore click here.


Randy Wolf was dominant in eight innings of work, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk. He got his sixth win of the year and lowered his ERA to 3.43.

Manny Ramirez was truly a formidable force in the Dodger lineup, going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, and 3 RBI, as well as two intentional walks. No. 3 hitter Andre Ethier went 3-for-5.

The runs for the Dodgers came in bunches — four in the fifth and five in the seventh. Ethier led off the scoring with a fifth-inning two-run double, and Matt Kemp capped it with a three-run homer in the seventh.


Juan Castro made the start for the injured Orlando Hudson. Hudson’s likely to miss tomorrow’s series capper but is listed as day-to-day.

Jeff Weaver was announced as the starter for tomorrow’s game, replacing ace Chad Billingsley, who’s out with a hamstring strain. Weaver has posted a 2-1 record and 3.47 ERA in five starts so far this season while working primarily out of the bullpen.

The Giants had only one hit after the fifth inning, a single by Pablo Sandoval in the ninth. James McDonald retired the side in the ninth on just seven pitches by then getting Juan Uribe to ground into a double play and Ryan Garko to foul out.


Jeff Weaver (5-4, 3.90) faces Tim Lincecum (12-3, 2.20) as the Dodgers try to sweep San Francisco.

Postgame: Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1

The Cardinals beat the Dodgers in the first game of a four-game set in St. Louis, 6-1. For a full recap and boxscore click here.


Randy Wolf threw his sixth consecutive solid start, throwing six innings and giving up two runs, but took the loss to fall to 5-5. By comparison, Wolf made 18 starts in 2007 with a 4.73 ERA and was 9-6. This season, he’s made 22 starts with a 3.43 ERA.

The Dodgers had at least one hit in every inning and 11 in all, but could muster only one run. The Cardinals also had 11 hits but produced big hits, going 3-for-8 with RISP.

Chris Carpenter, operating almost strictly in the high 80′s with his fastball, threw seven strong innings, although he allowed 11 baserunners. Carpenter is a good example of a starter getting older and losing MPH on his fastball but still being effective — although Carpenter is younger and has a bit more left in his fastball than the Dodgers’ Jason Schmidt.


Every hitter in the Dodgers lineup had at least one hit. Rafael Furcal went 3-for-4 with the lone RBI, raising his average to .263.

Manny Ramirez struggled, going 1-for-5, grounding into two double plays and striking out once. He left 5 men on base.

Left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo made his first appearance since April 29 tonight, throwing a scoreless inning.

Jeff Weaver was fined an undisclosed amount today by MLB for hitting Hanley Ramirez with a pitch in the sixth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Marlins.


Chad Billingsley (10-5, 3.72) and Adam Wainwright (11-6, 2.95) start tomorrow at 5:15 P.M. PST.

Postgame: Dodgers 11, Mets 2

The Dodgers defeated the Mets 11-2 tonight at Citi Field. For a full recap and boxscore click here


The Dodgers ended any suspense by jumping on Mets starter Livan Hernandez for four runs in the top of the first, the big blow coming on a three-run double by Orlando Hudson.

Rafael Furcal, a noted Mets killer in his Atlanta days, feasted on some New York cooking with three hits and three runs scored.

Manny Ramirez added two hits and two RBIs.

Randy Wolf wasn’t as sharp as usual, but after struggling a bit early he settled own with the lead and gave the Dodgers 6.1 innings while giving up two runs on seven hits.


The Dodgers got 2.2 more innings of scoreless relief from their bullpen, this time from James McDonald and Claudio Vargas.

Matt Kemp had three hits and is now batting .319 on the year.


The Dodgers open a three-game series in Milwaukee sending RHP Chad Billingsley (9-4, 3.14) vs. RHP Braden Looper (7-4, 4.78)

Morning briefing

The New York media is already feasting on Manny Ramirez’s trip to the Big Apple.

The Daily News’ Roger Rubin and Times’ Chris Hine attended Joe Torre’s charity gold tournament Monday in Briarcliff Manor. They bring similar perspectives. Rubin’s piece discusses how, amidst the Manny madness, Torre himself will judge accomplishments from the steroid era; Hine’s focuses on how Torre has been able to navigate the Dodgers through the first half of the season. MLB.com’s Jared Diamond was there as well.

An interesting blurb from Ken Gurnick on the Dodgers’ get-out-the-vote effort for Matt Kemp: “The Dodgers are attempting to enlist two of Kemp’s NBA friends, Trevor Ariza and Sheldon Williams, via their Twitter accounts in hopes of enrolling all of their followers to vote for their buddy.”

In other news, the LAT’s Kevin Baxter has an interesting story on Manny’s stomping grounds.

Morning briefing

Keeping you up with Dodger news on this Monday off day.

Scott Hairston, who made a crucial out in the tenth inning on Sunday, was traded to the Athletics shortly after the game.

Via Eric Stephen at TrueBlueLA, the intentional pass Jeff Weaver issued to Adrian Gonzalez with the bases empty was only the third four-pitch IBB in a bases-empty situation. The previous walkees? Albert Pujols and Chipper Jones.

This weekend’s Dodger-related pieces: our Jill Painter thinks Manny is still hiding something. The LAT’s Bill Plaschke says the rest of the season started Sunday. And Bill Shaikin and Ben Bolch catch up with former Dodgers fading into different stages of oblivion: Eric Gagne and Joe Beimel.

Postgame 7/5: Dodgers 7, Padres 6 (13 innings)

The Dodgers edged the Padres, 7-6, in 13 innings today. For a full recap and boxscore click here.


- And that was a wild one. Entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Dodgers were up 6-1 as Chad Bilingsley went for the complete game. Suffice to say, Billingsley — although he threw only 97 pitches and allowed only four of the 28 batters he faced to reach base — couldn’t get the job done, and neither could Jonathan Broxton. The Padres scored five in the ninth to tie the score.

- James Loney came up huge. He went deep to lead off the 13th against Padres reliever Edward Mujica, providing the only run the Dodgers would need in extra frames.

- Ronald Belisario and Guillermo Mota struggled a bit in the tenth, but the Padres put a couple of horrid at-bats and the Blue escaped a risky situation.


- The Dodgers had 18 hits. The Padres had six.

- Both Orlando Hudson and Manny Ramirez were out of the starting lineup, but each made appearances as a pinch-hitter. Neither reached base.

- Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked twice. Once in the 10th to set up a forceout, and once in the 13th with no one on base.


- The Dodgers have the day off tomorrow. They’ll have the day to spend in New York to prepare for what will surely be a circus, as they face the Mets Tuesday-Thursday. Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 3.49) and Mike Pelfrey (6-3, 4.26) are slated to start.