Hiroki Kuroda (1-0, 0.00) vs. Dan Haren (1-1, 3.95).
It's Jackie Robinson Night at Dodger Stadium.
- MLB set to honor, remember Jackie (MLB.com)
- basic info on Jackie Robinson, by his daughter Sharon Robinson (New York Times)
- Newcombe recalls Robinson era (Tony Jackson, ESPNLosAngeles.com)
- Via Inside the Dodgers: The Dixie Walker She Knew (New York Times)
- Jackie Robinson, By The Numbers (True Blue LA)
- From Women in Blue:
"Every year it's a great feeling to wear his number 42," said Kemp. "I wear my pants up and do that feet-first sliding that he used to do back in the day - stealing all those bases and getting dirty...Wearing his number just shows how important it is what he did for baseball. To be on the Dodgers and knowing he wore the jersey that I wear is pretty special."
- From a Dodgers press release:
In celebration of Jackie Robinson Night, Tommy Davis, "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and former Los Angeles Laker and supporter of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be introduced on the field, as will Jackie Robinson Team 42 Scholars.
Special Advisor to the Chairman Don Newcombe, who was also a former teammate of Robinson, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to Dodger center fielder Matt Kemp, and Newcombe and Abdul-Jabbar will address the crowd during pregame ceremonies. The National Anthem and God Bless America will be sung by R&B singer and songwriter Jeffrey Osbourne, who is best known for his hit song "On the Wings of Love."
In addition, the entire Dodger team will wear number 42 in Jackie Robinson's honor. The Dodgers will also wear number 42 during Friday's game.
COMMENTS (from Sax): If last night exemplified how our pitching staff looks like a bunch of amateurs, then it's only fair to juxtapose Hiroki Kuroda as the team's porn star--he's the only guy we've got who will go deep, go hard, and go long. (Have fun translating that, Kenji Nimura!)
So Kuroda is the perfect guy to go up against Arizona ace Dan Haren, who has gone at least 6.2 IP in each of his two starts (you see, Dodger starters, it is possible), tallying 13 Ks on the year. Dodger manager Joe Torre will probably be limited to Jeff Weaver, the only non-starter to have not pitched last night (and even starter Charlie Haeger got in the game), so Kuroda going long would be a godsend, prior to our weekend series against the what-the-hell-are-they-doing-there division-leading Giants. And let's score more than seven runs again tonight, shall we?