Chase Utley hit two home runs Tuesday, including a grand slam, in his first game as a visiting player in Philadelphia. The Dodgers beat the Phillies 15-5 and took over first place later in the day when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here.
Utley, 37, said he wants to play next year.
The latest adjustment to the Dodgers’ starting rotation will see Ross Stripling start Thursday in Philadelphia, followed by Bud Norris Friday in Cincinnati and Brett Anderson on Saturday.
Rich Hill won’t make his Dodgers debut Friday after all.
Hill played catch yesterday to test the blister on his left middle finger. Though he didn’t throw off a mound as planned, Hill believed he’d be ready in time to start the series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Brandon McCarthy found his release point Tuesday.
He found it in the Dodger Stadium bullpen, which doesn’t count the same as finding it in a game. On Sunday, McCarthy’s four-seam fastball was “a disappearing mess,” and he walked five batters in only 3 ⅔ innings against the Boston Red Sox.
But the veteran right-hander was encouraged enough by his bullpen session to keep his name penciled in for Saturday’s starting assignment against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt watched McCarthy throw. Even though McCarthy threw comfortably, they still haven’t diagnosed the root of his release-point issue.
“It’s something within the throw there at the end that has been hit or miss,” Honeycutt said. “Just got to figure that part out and hope it’s not nerve-related or something.”
McCarthy might end up throwing another bullpen Thursday at Dodger Stadium, an off-day for the club.