|LA DODGERS ( PATTERSON )|
MINNESOTA ( JOHNSON )
|Doubleheader Game #2|
|965||LA DODGERS||-115||Ov 9,+110||-110||Ov 9,+110|
|966||MINNESOTA||+105||Un 9,-130||+100||Un 9,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-4||-1.2||3-3||2.9||0.226||0.298||4.1||0.236||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||5-1||3.9||0.281||0.328||4.3||0.254||0.300|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-7||+4.4||12-2||5.7||0.263||0.361||5.2||0.270||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.2||6-0||5.9||0.276||0.363||5.7||0.307||0.356|
|4/17/2014||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-1||W||115||7 un||U||7||7||0||6||9||0|
|4/27/2014||RYU(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-6||L||-150||7 un||P||8||10||3||11||6||0|
|4/30/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||6-4||W||-155||7.5 un||O||12||11||0||12||9||1|
|5/1/2014||HAREN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||PATTERSON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||JOHNSON(L)|| |
|5/2/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|5/3/2014||RYU(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|5/4/2014||MAHOLM(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/5/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|5/6/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|5/7/2014||HAREN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|5/8/2014|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|4/18/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||0-5||L||135||7.5 un||U||8||7||0||11||6||0|
|4/19/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||4-5||L||135||8.5 un||O||8||8||1||10||8||0|
|4/20/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||8-3||W||170||8 un||O||13||11||0||11||8||1|
|4/22/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-7||L||205||7.5 un||O||6||3||0||13||8||0|
|4/23/2014||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||6-4||W||170||8.5 un||O||12||10||1||9||11||0|
|4/24/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||9-7||W||155||7.5 un||O||12||13||1||13||7||0|
|4/30/2014||GIBSON(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-6||L||+145||7.5 un||O||12||9||1||12||11||0|
|5/1/2014||PELFREY(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||JOHNSON(L)||LA DODGERS||PATTERSON(R)|| |
|5/5/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/6/2014||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/7/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)|| |
|5/8/2014|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|LA DODGERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers have spent big bucks on their roster, ramping up World Series expectations right along with the payroll. Now they want to produce results.|
They'll get the chance starting Saturday in Australia, where they open the season against NL West rival Arizona.
With a payroll in the range of $225 million-plus, the Dodgers have laid the groundwork to get to their first World Series title since 1988, when they won the title. They came up short last year, losing to St. Louis in six games in the NL championship series.
''The expectations going in this time are realistic. We're a talented club and we're capable,'' said manager Don Mattingly, who signed a three-year extension in January.
The Dodgers want to avoid the poor start they had last season, when key players were injured and the team had to rally to get back into the division race. They eventually won the title by 11 games over the Diamondbacks.
''We need to be more consistent,'' Mattingly said. ''I see it as winning every series and you'll be in pretty good shape. The next thing you know, you're 20 games over .500.''
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is looking to follow up his strong season last year, while shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was injured in the NL championship series, will be playing to set himself up for impending free agency.
|MINNESOTA: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number is staggering. In the past three years, the Minnesota Twins have lost 291 games. Ninety-nine in 2011. Ninety-six each of the last two seasons.|
A team that was once viewed as a model for succeeding and competing with modest financial resources has been an afterthought for too long now. They have finished last in the AL Central twice and were fourth last season.
So the Twins shed their frugal ways in the offseason, shelling out $73 million to bring in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster a lagging rotation. They also brought back manager Ron Gardenhire on a two-year deal and moved Joe Mauer from catcher to first base in an effort to protect their franchise player from injury.
''They made a statement: `We don't want to see this again. We don't want to go through this again this summer,''' Gardenhire said.
The Twins said goodbye to longtime first baseman Justin Morneau late last season when general manager Terry Ryan traded him to the Pirates in a stretch-run deal. There weren't many other changes to an offense that has struggled to score runs, but the upgrades to the rotation have given the holdovers some peace of mind that they won't have to score seven runs a game to have a chance to win.
''It's night and day to be honest with you. Terry went out and spent some money on some good arms in Nolasco and Hughes,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''Hughes had a bad year last year but is an All-Star pitcher and I think moving to this park will help him a lot. I think just getting out of New York to be honest with you. ... So we needed to address our pitching staff and Terry did that, and I'm happy about it.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Twins Preview* =======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (15-12) at Minnesota (12-12), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers appear poised to carry over some rare interleague road success after enjoying some late last season.
The Dodgers can set a club record with seven consecutive road victories over an AL opponent by sweeping Thursday's day-night doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins, who are mired in a five-game interleague skid.
Los Angeles (15-12) is 54-87 away from home during interleague action and dropped 10 of 12 such road games before winning their final four last season.
Following Wednesday's 6-4 win at Minnesota (12-12), the Dodgers have averaged 8.8 runs and 13.8 hits during a five-game interleague road winning steak that's one shy of the team mark set in 2003 when they swept consecutive three-game sets at Detroit and Cleveland.
After braving blustery conditions to record the franchise's 10,000th victory Wednesday, the Dodgers expect to endure similar weather for a doubleheader deemed necessary after Tuesday's opener was postponed.
"Mother Nature is winning right now," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told the team's official website.
Adrian Gonzalez was one of four Dodgers with two hits, while Zack Greinke allowed a run over six innings to help Los Angeles improve to 2-5 at Minnesota.
"It was a good game for us, a little bit of weather," manager Don Mattingly said. "You didn't hear any complaining. Guys were ready to play."
Gonzalez is batting .400 (14 for 35) with 13 RBIs in his last eight road games, and .378 with eight RBIs in 10 all-time at Minnesota.
Game 1 starter Dan Haren (3-0, 2.03 ERA) allowed three runs - one earned - over six innings of Los Angeles' 7-3 loss to Philadelphia last Thursday.
The right-hander is 3-3 with a 5.36 ERA in eight starts at Minnesota, but has not pitched there since May 8, 2012, when he allowed five runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 5-0 loss with the Los Angeles Angels.
He'll be opposed by Mike Pelfrey (0-2, 7.32), who is 0-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 10 starts since winning at Detroit on Aug. 20 - one of his two victories in his last 27 starts.
The right-hander has allowed 11 runs, 13 hits and walked nine while striking out four to go 0-1 in two home starts this season. His most recent outing came on the road last Wednesday, when he gave up four runs in five innings of a 6-4 win at Tampa Bay.
"I thought it was better, but it's obviously nowhere close to where I want to be," Pelfrey said.
He's 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA in four starts against the Dodgers, but has not faced them since 2011 while with the New York Mets.
Each club will look to their minor-league systems for starters to fill the designated 26th-man roster spot for the nightcap.
Kris Johnson makes his Minnesota debut and second career start after going 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in four games for Pittsburgh last season. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Rochester.
"He was throwing very well," Gardenhire said. "He was the recommended guy. He also threw the ball well for us spring training. So we'll see how it goes."
The Dodgers are expected to call up Red Patterson from Triple-A Albuquerque to make his major league debut in the second game. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts for the Isotopes this season.
Los Angeles' Matt Kemp is 6 for 11 versus Pelfrey.
Minnesota star Joe Mauer is batting .588 (20 for 34) against the Dodgers, and .385 (10 for 26) with a homer and two doubles versus Haren.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 12:03:19 AM EST|