LOS ANGELES -- On Tuesday night, the Dodgers will celebrate the late Duke Snider with pregame ceremonies and other presentations throughout the game. Fans at the game will also receive a Duke Snider bobblehead.Snider, who passed away in February, is the Dodgers' all-time home run leader and was an eight-time All-Star. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980, finishing with 407 career home runs and 2,116 hits. He was never named Most Valuable Player, but from 1952-56, he finished in the top 10 in voting every season -- including finishing second by one of the narrowest margins, losing to teammate Roy Campanella in 1955. In that season, he hit .309 with 42 homers on the first Dodgers World Series championship team. He played in six World Series, winning two of them. Snider's No. 4, retired by the Dodgers, was mowed into the center-field grass before Monday's game against Philadelphia -- the first of a six-game homestand. Snider's wife and four children will be in attendance Tuesday along with several other family members.
Mattingly shares Loney's optimism
LOS ANGELES -- To those outside the team, James Loney's optimistic suggestion that the Dodgers can still battle back and win the National League West may seem a bit far-fetched.But manager Don Mattingly was predictably pleased that his players are still focused on the goal the team set in the beginning of the season, despite a 10-game deficit. Mattingly made sure to clarify that no one was making predictions. He said in order to stay upbeat as a team, you have to keep those goals in mind. "He's just saying, 'Why not?'" Mattingly said. "Basically that means you've got to believe in what we're doing, keep going out there and win games. There's no reason we can't win tonight, there's no reason we can't win tomorrow, there's no reason we can't win the next day." The Dodgers' next three games come against Philadelphia, which sports the best record in baseball. They'll face former Cy Young winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee to open the series, before seeing rookie Vance Worley, who sports an 8-1 record with a 2.35 ERA. When asked if he thinks the Dodgers will win the NL West, Mattingly skirted the question. "I'm not gonna go that far," Mattingly said. "I feel like we can, but we're gonna have to go out and play baseball every day and go out and win every day. For me, it's not a point right now where we should be thinking about trying to catch anybody. We should be trying to win today." Mattingly said he's constantly aware of the standings, even with his focus being only on that day's game. He said he's shifted his mentality from when he called for the team to reach the .500 mark by the All-Star break. Now, he said, the goal is to win every day. As for making the playoffs, Mattingly was asked if Monday might be a preview of an October series. "If we could get them in the playoffs that would be awesome ... It means we're in the playoffs, so, yeah, why not," said Mattingly, who called the Phillies the best team in the league. He then paused and broke out into a grin, joking: "I'm sure [the Phillies] don't want any part of us."
Gordon held back another day
LOS ANGELES -- On Sunday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said there was a good chance his ailing shortstop, Dee Gordon, would be able to play Monday night against Philadelphia.There's still a chance he will see the field, but it won't be as a starter. Left fielder Tony Gwynn hit leadoff instead of Gordon, and Jamey Carroll started at shortstop and batted eighth. Gordon injured his right shoulder chasing and diving for a runner on a rundown play Saturday and was out of the lineup Sunday. "Dee has a little tenderness -- he could have played today, but we'll give him an extra day," said Mattingly, who added he may use him in a double-switch situation. "I'm comfortable that he can do anything." Mattingly also offered updates on a couple other wounded Dodgers. He said he'd like to have third baseman Juan Uribe (left hip) get a couple rehab starts before making a return. Mattingly had previously said the hope was for Uribe to return as soon as his disabled list stint was up without a need for any time in the Minors. Mattingly also noted that reliever Jonathan Broxton will meet with a doctor on Monday in hopes of being cleared to throw.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.