Prime’s lame-duck year with the Dodgers begins …. kinda full of feathers and quack

A Dodger rubber duck, not so lame, available at

Considering it’s been established now that this will be the last year Prime Ticket carries Dodgers games, and considering that when FSWest realized it wouldn’t be doing Lakers’ games any longer it didn’t bend over backwards much to tend to their needs, we aren’t expecting a lot of extra special treatment for Don Mattingly’s boys club this season.

It wasn’t a surprise, then, when Prime Ticket’s original Dodgers spring training schedule didn’t exist — it wasn’t going to do any games — while  KCAL-Channel 9 (which will also be eliminated after this season) was set to do only three.

Apparently, someone talked to someone, and they’re been a slight alteration to those plans.

Prime will now do four games, the team (not Prime) announced today, and Vin Scully will be in Arizona to do them all. In addition to two other KCAL games, Scully will do six exhibition games in all — more than he’s done in the Cactus League Arizona-based schedule. And it’s been a while since he did that many games when the Dodgers’ springs were based in Vero Beach, Fla.

A year ago, Scully only did two games at Camelback Ranch — a horribly-windy night against the Giants on March 17, followed by a game called off by a hail storm against the Angels on March 18.

Considering that FSW will do 23 Angels spring training games, here’s the short but sweet Dodger spring schedule (*-indicates Scully is calling the game):

== Monday, Feb. 25 (vs. Chicago Cubs), noon, Prime*
== Thursday, Feb. 28 (vs. Angels), noon, Prime*
== Friday, March 1 (at Angels), noon, FSW (Angels broadcast)
== Tuesday, March 5 (at San Diego), noon, FS San Diego, Padres broadcast
== Thursday, March 7 (vs. Texas), noon, Prime*
== Sunday, March 17 (vs. Milwaukee), 1 p.m., KCAL*
== Monday, March 18 (vs. Arizona), 1 p.m., Prime*
== Saturday, March 23 (vs. Chicago White Sox), 7 p.m., KCAL
== Tuesday, March 26 (vs. Colorado), 7 p.m., KCAL*


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