Special Food Items Available For Dodgers-Nationals Games

Special Food Items Available For Dodgers-Nationals Games

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Special food items featuring smoked sausage, chorizo and french fries will be available at Dodger Stadium for games between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals Saturday evening and Sunday.

The DC Half Smoked Sausage is pork and beef smoked sausage topped with chili con carne, diced onions and mustard. The Chorizo Torta is chorizo sausage split in half with ranchero bean spread, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, queso fresco and smoke jalapeno aioli on a roll.

The Pastrami Fries are golden crispy fries topped with pastrami and brown gravy.

The specials will be available at the On Deck Circle stands on Field Level section 48, Loge Level section 133 and Reserve Level section 4.

Former U.S. Army Capt. Michael Harley of San Marino will be honored as the Military Hero of the Game Saturday.

Harley joined the Army in 2001 and served as an infantry platoon leader. He was deployed to Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Following active duty, Harley joined the California Army National Guard. He was deployed in support of the 2007 San Diego wildfires and was a troop commander on a NATO peace-keeping mission to Kosovo.

Harley is the executive director of Level Up Solutions, a nonprofit organization he co-founded that provides services and support to adults with developmental disabilities.

The first 40,000 fans in attendance Saturday will receive a bobblehead of Dodger first baseman Cody Bellinger holding his National League Rookie of the Year Award. Bellinger’s sister Ashli will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Special Food Items Available For Dodgers-Nationals Games was last modified: April 21st, 2018 by Contributing Editor

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Dodgers' Kenta Maeda earns victory with 10-strikeout performance

Dodgers' Kenta Maeda earns victory with 10-strikeout performance

Max Muncy homered for the first time since 2016, Corey Seager had four hits and three RBIs and Kenta Maeda struck out 10 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat the San Diego Padres 13-4 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

The Dodgers extended their season-high winning streak to four.

The Padres struck out 13 times. On Tuesday night, they struck out 20 times in a 7-3, 12-inning loss, tying the club record set in a 15-inning game in 2001.

The Dodgers outscored the Padres 30-10 in the series.

Muncy, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, hit a two-run homer to left to cap a five-run outburst with no outs in the third inning against Luis Perdomo that gave the Dodgers a 9-2 lead. Chase Utley was aboard on a two-run double that followed Joc Pederson’s RBI single.

Muncy’s last homer came with Oakland in 2016, when he hit two. He spent all of 2017 in Triple-A.

Maeda (2-1) allowed four runs and eight hits over 5⅔ innings, his longest outing of the season. He matched the 10 strikeouts he had in his first start, a win against San Francisco on March 31. He walked two.

Maeda walked Austin Hedges with the bases loaded in the second, then allowed Perdomo’s sacrifice fly. He allowed Carlos Asuaje’s two-run double in the third.

The Dodgers scored three runs in the first, including two on third baseman Christian Villanueva’s throwing error on Matt Kemp’s infield single and Cody Bellinger’s RBI single. Seager hit an RBI single in the second.

Twins 2, Indians 1 (16)

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Eddie Rosario scored the winning run in his homeland in the 16th inning, coming around on Ryan LaMarre’s single to lift Minnesota over Cleveland for a split of their two-game series.

Rosario led off the 16th with a single and went to third when Logan Morrison’s grounder — which could have been a double-play ball — got past second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Eduardo Escobar was intentionally walked to load the bases with none out, and LaMarre finally ended the 5-hour, 13-minute marathon with a sharp liner to center.

Mets 11, Nationals 5

In New York, Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during New York’s nine-run outburst in the eighth inning, helping the Mets avoid a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it a4-4 with a two-run single and pinch hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off Ryan Madson (0-2).

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in four runs for the Nationals.

Athletics 12, White Sox 11 (14)

In Oakland, Matt Olson singled in Marcus Semien with two outs in the 14th inning, lifting the Athletics to a wild victory over Chicago.

Oakland trailed 6-1, 9-4 and 10-8, then gave up a tying run in the ninth before scoring the winning run off James Shields (1-1) five innings later.

The teams combined for 33 hits and 18 walks —12 by White Sox pitchers — in a game that lasted 5 hours and 48 minutes.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3 (10)

In Phoenix, Brandon Belt’s 100th career homer was one timely shot for San Francisco, a two run drive with two outs in the 10th that lifted the Giants over the hosts.

Arizona reliever Yoshihisa Hirano worked one scoreless inning, allowing one hit. He also struck out one.

Tigers 6, Orioles 5

In Detroit, Dixon Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run, capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over Baltimore.

Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit.

Red Sox 9, Angels 0

In Anaheim, Rafael Devers hit his first career grand slam, Rick Porcello threw six scoreless innings and Boston extended its best start in franchise history.

Mitch Moreland had four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the ninth, and J.D Martinez hit a solo shot in the seventh to help the Red Sox (15-2) to their sixth consecutive win. Astros 7, Mariners 1

In Seattle, Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and Houston broke it open with six runs in the seventh.

Cole (2-0) struck out five, ending a string of double-digit strikeout games at three. He was charged with an unearned run and five hits.

The Astros sent 11 batters to the plate in their biggest-scoring inning of the season off Mike Leake (2-1) and relievers Nick Vincent and James Pazos.

Brewers 2, Reds 0

In Milwaukee, Brewers center fielder Christian Yelich returned from the disabled list and made a snazzy sliding catch on a fly ball that deflected off the glove of left fielder Hernan Perez.

Blue Jays 15, Royals 5

In Toronto, Teoscar Hernandez had four hits, including a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays routed Kansas City to complete a three-game sweep.

Braves 7, Phillies 3

In Atlanta, Ryan Flaherty homered and drove in four runs, Brandon McCarthy outpitched Vince Velasquez and the Braves beat Philadelphia.

Rays 4, Rangers 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Jake Faria won for the first time since last July 25, allowing one run over six innings to lead Tampa Bay over Cole Hamels and Texas.

Pirates 10, Rockies 2

In Pittsburgh, Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer that backed Chad Kuhl and helped the Pirates avoid a three-game sweep.

Josh Bell drove in three runs and David Freese added a two-run double as Pittsburgh improved to 8-0 in day games. Adam Frazier had three of the Pirates’ 13 hits and backup catcher Elias Diaz added two hits.

Cardinals at Cubs — ppd.

Closer re-ranks: Kenley Jansen, Ken Giles struggling early

Closer re-ranks: Kenley Jansen, Ken Giles struggling early


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It shouldn’t be any big surprise to see several teams with uncertain closer situations this early in the season.

However, both of last year’s World Series participants were not supposed to be among them. 

Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the No. 1 closer on just about every draft board this spring. He’s had back-to-back seasons of at least 40 saves and an ERA under 2.00. 

However, even manager Dave Roberts has agreed Jansen has looked “not right” so far in 2018. His velocity was down when he blew a save on opening day, but that hasn’t been an issue lately. 

The blown saves, however, have continued. On Tuesday, he gave up a game-tying home run to the Padres’ Eric Hosmer and nearly gave up a walk-off blast to rookie Christian Villanueva — but center fielder Chris Taylor made a homer-saving catch.

Jansen’s ERA sits at 8.10, with two saves in seven appearances. He has not had a 1-2-3 inning all season.

Mewanwhile, the Houston Astros have played fairly well in defense of the title they won in November. Entering Wednesday’s games, the Astros had an 11-7 record and .611 winning percentage. However, those 11 wins have only produced four saves.

Closer Ken Giles, who racked up 34 saves in 38 chances a year ago, has just one. Meanwhile, long relievers Chris Devenski (two saves) and Brad Peacock (one) have gotten and converted their own one-inning opportunities.

Giles has only appeared in six games (five innings) through Houston’s first 18. He has a 3.60 ERA with two strikeouts and no walks. His average fastball velocity is down slightly from last year, but still 97.5 mph.

Perhaps manager A.J. Hinch is taking a more long-term approach with his bullpen, considering how it sputtered collectively in last year’s playoffs. It’s a logical approach, but it doesn’t help fantasy owners who hung their hat on Giles getting another 34 saves in 2018.

So now what?

Jansen will have every chance to work through his issues. If an injury is the reason, he’ll have no trouble getting his job back if he has to go on the disabled list. There’s still plenty of time for him to provide full return on fantasy owners’ investment.

Giles, on the other hand, may be stuck in a closer committee. Unlike the Dodgers, the Astros have several options in high-leverage situations. 

If we’re re-ranking closers from this point forward, the fact that it’s still the middle of April helps put Jansen’s struggles in perspective.

Updates fantasy closer rankings (preseason rank in parentheses)

1. Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (2)
2. Kenley Jansen, Dodgers (1)
3. Roberto Osuna, Blue Jays (6)
4. Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (3)
5. Edwin Diaz, Mariners (8)
6. Felipe Vazquez, Pirates (5)
7. Jeurys Familia, Mets (18)
8. Sean Doolittle, Nationals (14)
9. Wade Davis, Rockies (11)
10. Cody Allen, Indians (7)
11. Brad Hand, Padres (10)
12. Raisel Iglesias, Reds (9)
13. Alex Colome, Rays (13)
14. Blake Treinen, A’s (17)
15. Ken Giles, Astros (12)

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Dodgers take Lemon Face Challenge, join Nick Saban in fight vs. DIPG

Dodgers take Lemon Face Challenge, join Nick Saban in fight vs. DIPG

How can something so sour be so sweet?

The Los Angeles Dodgers became the latest to join the fight against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) by puckering up for the #LemonFaceChallenge on Friday. The social media movement was created by Aubreigh Nicholas, an 11-year-old girl in Mobile, Alabama, who has the rare form of brain cancer.

Dodgers utility player Kike Hernandez and his teammates and coaches appeared on a video taking a bite out of a lemon wedge in support of Aubreigh’s Army.

At the end of the video, Hernandez, who said he got the idea from hitting coach Turner Ward, challenged the Arizona Diamondbacks to do the same over the next 48 hours.

The Diamondbacks won the first game of a three-game series against the host Dodgers on Friday. The teams play again Saturday and Sunday.

Alabama coach Nick Saban also appeared in a video on Nicholas’ Facebook page this week in support of her fight against DIPG.

“Our team is so proud to be a part of Aubreigh’s Army as you continue your fight and also your efforts in helping raise awareness for DIPG,” Saban said in the video. “I want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we are behind you 100 percent.”