--RHP Hiroki Kuroda and Giants LHP Barry Zito nearly combined for an unusual perfect game. After a solo home run by Pablo Sandoval in the second inning, Kuroda and Zito combined to retire 26 consecutive batters. On the would-be 27th out, Freddy Sanchez of the Giants hit a slow roller on the infield that somehow caused third baseman Juan Uribe to trip and tumble over himself. It was ruled a single.
--RHP Jon Garland, out because of a strained oblique since early March, hasn't ruled himself out for making a start April 10, the first time the Dodgers plan to use a fifth starter. It's still a remote possibility though. The Dodgers are more likely to use RHP Tim Redding or RHP John Ely. Both will pitch in a minor league intrasquad game Tuesday, putting them in line to pitch the series finale in San Diego. But it does bode well for Garland pitching April 15, and definitely by April 20.
--RF Andre Ethier is 0-for-6 against left-handers after four games, compared to 5-for-9 against right-handers. It's only four games, so the sample size is obviously very small. But coming off a year when his slash line was .318/.396/.564 against right-handers, and only .233/.292/.333 against left-handers, it's worth following. Once the starting pitcher is removed, Ethier will see the other team's best left-handed reliever almost every time.
--C Dioner Navarro has traveled to Arizona to continue his rehab from a strained oblique. The injury is normally a 4-to-5 week process, including rehab games, which would put Navarro's return late this month.
--INF Juan Castro has agreed to begin the season at Triple-A Albuquerque. Castro was told before the Dodgers left Arizona that he wouldn't make the club, and was given a few days to decide if he wanted to retire or keep playing in the minors. Castro has talked with Hall of Fame spanish announcer Jaime Jarrin about broadcasting when his career is over, but wants to continue playing as long as possible.
BY THE NUMBERS
$10,000 -- Amount of reward money offered for information that would lead to the arrest of the two Dodger fans who savagely beat a Giant fan in the parking lot on Opening Day. The Giant fan, Bryan Stow, is a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two. He's in a medically-induced coma at County-USC Medical Center to reduce the swelling in his brain. LA detectives released sketches of the two assailants, described as Latino men between the ages 18 and 25. They said the men fled the scene in a four-door sedan driven by a woman with a young boy inside.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Honestly, I know it's a cliche, but we are just asking these guys to get ready to play every day. I don't care if it's on the road or at home, if they're playing in cold weather, hot weather, wind, whatever it is. We're just asking them to be ready to play and not make any excuses and not use any reason to say, 'I can't do it.'" -- Manager Don Mattingly, on the upcoming trip that starts with two likely cold games in Denver on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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