DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MR. RAMIREZ: 25-16
Hiroki Kuroda (1-3, 3.86) vs. John Danks (5-5, 4.48).
COMMENTS: The Dodgers may be in Chicago, but tonight all eyes will be on Albuquerque as Manny Ramirez begins his rehab assignment with the triple-A Isotopes. Do you think the 'Topes will welcome Mr. Ramirez? From the Wall Street Journal:
The team averages about 7,000 fans per game who pay on average $11 for a ticket. After news of Mr. Ramirez's arrival broke Thursday night, an Isotope official said the team sold nearly 11,000 extra tickets in two days. Mr. Ramirez has 533 Major League home runs and 1,745 RBI. The 13 hitters on the Isotopes have a combined 67 big-league homers and 377 RBI.
Free audio of the game, which starts at 6 p.m., will be available at the team's official website. The boys at True Blue LA indicate that ESPN will be showing all of Mr. Ramirez's plate appearances live as well (probably because he used to be on the Red Sox).
The official start time of the Dodgers-White Sox undercard is actually 5:11 p.m. (7:11 CT), thanks to a 2006 sponsorship deal the White Sox signed with 7-Eleven. Doesn't do us much good in the PDT — 5:11 doesn't quite have that pizazz.
Mr. Kuroda is still searching for that elusive second win after getting bit by the home run bug in his last start, against the A's. The good news is that he didn't walk any batters over six innings, and his fastball reached 95 mph. It's kind of like he's still in spring training.
Don't let Mr. Danks' numbers fool you; in his last start, against the Cubs, he threw 71 of his 99 pitches for strikes. If that isn't some kind of record, it should be. Dayum.
(Thanks to SoSG Sax for the WSJ tip!)