Watch: The line for Sandy Koufax.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A linked chain of metal fences line the dirt paths at Camelback Ranch, separating fans from the players and coaches who walk from field to field. Most of the players probably don’t need the protection. Demand for autographs is high but the fervor is usually calm. Remember, there are 61 players in camp. Most won’t start the season in the majors, and none of them are Matt Kemp. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gets his share of autograph requests too, but he’s not exactly fending off the pens and baseballs and hats.

The man who needs the metal fences the most is a slender 79-year-old who lives in rural Pennsylvania. Sandy Koufax, the Hall of Fame pitcher-turned-”special advisor,” is here all week — advising, watching, chatting. Sometimes he signs autographs.

Koufax is not expected to arrive today until later in the morning, maybe noon local time. That — and intermittent rain throughout the morning — did not stop Koufax fans from lining up behind the fence at 5 a.m.

Here’s what the line looked like by 9:30:

We think this story ends with Koufax signing autographs for some of those people, and not signing for others.

That’s how it usually ends at least. If not … updates throughout the day.

Sandy Koufax watches Julio Urias in the bullpen today (photo).

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Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias posted this photo to his Instagram account Thursday, along with the caption:

“Que personaje de los mejores zurdos en el negocio Mr. Sandy koufax.. bendecido por mi dios #teamwey”. Roughly translated: “The VIP from the best left-hander in the business Mr. Sandy Koufax … blessed by my God #teamway”

Sandy Koufax, Vin Scully, Fernando Valenzuela complete 2015 bobblehead lineup.

Clayton Kershaw bobblehead

Clayton Kershaw’s bobblehead graciously posed for this picture posted to the Dodgers’ official Twitter account.

The Dodgers filled out their 2015 bobblehead lineup Friday with four heavy hitters: Sandy Koufax on August 13 (vs. Reds, 7:10 p.m.), Justin Turner on September 1 (vs. Giants, 7:10 p.m.), Fernando Valenzuela on September 16 (vs. Rockies, 7:10 p.m.) and Vin Scully on September 23 (vs. Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.).

The Dodgers will offer 10 total bobblehead giveaways this year. The other six:

· May 12 (7:10 pm) vs. Miami Marlins; Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead

· May 23 (7:10 pm) vs. Colorado Rockies; Adrian Gonzalez Bobblehead

· June 4 (7:10 pm) vs. St. Louis Cardinals; Kenley Jansen Bobblehead

· July 6 (7:10 pm) vs. Philadelphia Phillies; Maury Wills Bobblehead

· July 11 (7:10 pm) vs. Milwaukee Brewers; Juan Uribe Bobblehead

· July 29 (7:10 pm) vs. Oakland Athletics; Yasiel Puig Bobblehead

The Dodgers also added two postgame movie nights to the 2015 calendar: The Lego Movie on June 20 (4:15 p.m. vs. San Francisco) and Back to the Future on August 15 (6:10 p.m. vs. Cincinnati).

Screenings are free with a game-day ticket. Fans sitting in the right field pavilion and left field pavilion will be invited down to the field postgame for a better viewing experience.

Clayton Kershaw chosen as Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter and 41 consecutive scoreless innings in 2014. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year for 2014.

The honor doesn’t come with a physical award, but it does come with a snazzy magazine cover article. Here’s a snippet:

Kershaw has positioned himself to do what might be regarded as borderline heretical: surpass Sandy Koufax as greatest pitcher in Dodgers history.

Koufax was 26 when he embarked on five magnificent seasons. He led the NL in ERA each season from 1962-66, winning three Cy Young trophies and one MVP award. He retired at age 30, because of an arthritic elbow.

Kershaw is 26 now, poised to win his third Cy Young Award, and the MVP too.

Online auction features Sandy Koufax rookie card.

Sandy Koufax rookie card Sandy Koufax rookie card back

A Sandy Koufax rookie card from 1955, and a Jackie Robinson card from the same set, are currently up for auction at LoveOfTheGameAuctions.com.

The 1955 Topps partial mid-grade set has been broken into multiple lots. Check out the Koufax rookie (current bid: $225), the Robinson card (current bid: $110), and the rest of the lots.

The auction closes Saturday at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

More info: info@loveofthegameauctions.com

Sandy Koufax perfect game ball, Jackie Robinson bat, Roy Campanella ring highlight all-star auction.

Jackie Robinson bat

A baseball used by Sandy Koufax to throw his perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965, a Jackie Robinson bat from 1953, and Roy Campanella’s Hall of Fame induction ring are among the items being auctioned at the All-Star fan fest next week in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Koufax ball was donated by former major league player and manager Jeff Torborg, who caught the game.

Hunt Auctions has pictures and a full description of the Koufax baseball, the Robinson bat and the Campanella ring.

Bids can be placed online or by telephone (610-524-0822). Bidding for the live auction begins Tuesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Coincidentally, the three players were the first to have their numbers retired by the Dodgers.

Daily Distractions: Red Patterson up, will start second game of doubleheader in MLB debut.

Nick Buss

Outfielder Nick Buss was designated for assignment Thursday. (Associated Press photo)

Red Patterson‘s major-league debut will come in the second game of a doubleheader today against the Minnesota Twins.

The Dodgers selected the contract of Patterson from Triple-A Albuquerque and designated Albuquerque outfielder Nick Buss for assignment. Patterson, who will wear No. 51, was added to the roster as the 26th man for today’s doubleheader. Major-league rules allow teams to dress 26 players in a day-night doubleheader that has been on the schedule for at least 24 hours.

Patterson went 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts this season with the Isotopes, last pitching on April 24 at Fresno and allowing five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings in a loss. The 26-year-old has gone 33-12 with a 3.40 ERA in 132 games (58 starts) in five minor league seasons after he was selected in the 29th round of the 2010 draft out of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Patterson has 432 strikeouts, while walking only 148, in 440.0 career minor league innings.

The Texas native made his first appearance in Major League camp this year as a non-roster invitee and allowed only one run in 11.2 innings (0.77 ERA), going 0-1 and limiting opponents to a .146 batting average (6-for-41). As for the name, shared by a longtime Dodgers PR director, it comes from his hair color. Patterson’s real first name is John.

Buss, 27, had a .261/.330/.391 slash line in 26 games with Albuquerque. He was buried on an outfield depth chart that includes Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Scott Van Slyke and Chone Figgins. Mike Baxter was designated for assignment in March. Buss went 2-for-19 after making his major-league debut with the Dodgers last September.

Here are the lineups for both teams in Game 1. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 a.m.

Dodgers:
Gordon 2B
Puig RF
Ramirez SS
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp DH
Ethier CF
Uribe 3B
Olivo C
Crawford LF
Haren P

Twins:
Dozier 2B
Mauer 1B
Plouffe 3B
Kubel LF
Pinto DH
Suzuki C
Fuld RF
Hicks CF
Escobar SS
Pelfrey P

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Scary moment as Andre Ethier’s line drive hits Sandy Koufax in the head.

Dodgers special advisor Sandy Koufax was conscious and in good spirits after being struck in the side of his head by a batted ball during batting practice Friday.

Koufax was standing near the bullpen, in foul territory behind third base, when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Andre Ethier. Koufax remained on his feet as the gathered crowd went silent, then sat down in a cart driven by assistant athletic trainer Nancy Patterson, holding an ice pack to his head.

Koufax was quickly driven in the direction of the Dodgers’ minor-league complex. A few minutes later, Patterson and Koufax drove back in the direction of the Dodgers’ main clubhouse. Koufax waved and smiled to the fans as he was carted off.

Update (1:30 p.m.): Koufax said that a CT scan of his head showed no internal bleeding. Other than a cut on his upper-left forehead, Koufax looked and sounded the same.

“I’m fine,” Koufax said. “I never saw (the ball). I don’t know how it got me.”

Koufax joked about wearing a helmet onto the field tomorrow.

“I feel like I’ve got more whiplash than anything,” Koufax said.