Lilly avoids Padres, works Minor League game
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly got bumped from his scheduled start Wednesday against the San Diego Padres all the way down to the Minor League fields and a game with the Cleveland Indians Class A team.
Lilly was hit for six runs, four earned, two of those preventable with better defense. He made more than 70 pitches and was generally pleased with the work he got.
"I stretched myself out," he said. "I didn't locate as well as I'd like, but I was throwing predictable pitches. Obviously, you'd still like to locate the fastball. My curve got a little bit better as it went on."
Manager Don Mattingly explained a series of reasons for making the move: Lilly already is scheduled to make his next start against the Padres, as well as his opening regular-season start in San Diego. Plus, Sunday's rain-shortened game delayed the relievers from getting in their innings, particularly the pitchers still fighting for a roster spot.
With a day off Thursday, Aaron Harang will start a split-squad game against Kansas City on Friday, with Nathan Eovaldi starting one in Tucson against the White Sox.
Vote for favorite Dodger Stadium moment
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers fans can vote for their favorite moments in Dodger Stadium history by visiting www.dodgers.com/50th.
Results will be revealed starting in June with the top moment announced on Oct. 3.
Among the choices:
Kirk Gibson's walk-off pinch-hit home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series en route to the Dodgers' world championship.
The Dodgers' sweep of the New York Yankees in the 1963 World Series.
Pitching greats Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. Koufax with his perfect game against the Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965, and Drysdale setting the then-MLB record with a streak of 58 2/3 scoreless innings in 1968.
Maury Wills stealing a Major League-record 104 bases in 1962.
Willie and Tommy Davis. Tommy winning a second consecutive NL batting title in 1963 and Willie setting a then-Dodgers record hitting in 31 consecutive games in 1969.
Rick Monday. As an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs in 1976, Monday saved the American flag from burning at the hands of a protester and as an outfielder for the Dodgers, hitting a home run in the 1981 NL League Championship Series in Montreal to send the Dodgers to the World Series and an eventual championship over the Yankees.
Tommy Lasorda assuming the managerial reins in 1976 following the 23-year tenure of Hall of Famer Walter Alston and going on to blaze his own Hall of Fame trail.
Old-timers Days remembering Dodgers greats and the uniform ceremony in 1972 when the numbers of Koufax (32), Roy Campanella (39) and Jackie Robinson (42) were retired.
"Fernandomania" hits L.A. as rookie Fernando Valenzuela wins his first eight starts in 1981.
Dodger foursomes -- the infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey are the longest foursome to play together in MLB history at more than eight years. And the quartet of Garvey, Cey, Reggie Smith and Dusty Baker becomes the first foursome to hit 30 or more home runs in 1977. Baker makes it a foursome on the last day of the season.
Orel Hershiser's scoreless-innings streak of 59 in 1988, breaking Drysdale's record.
Wright takes step to move from non-roster to roster
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers invited 11 non-roster pitchers to battle for maybe one bullpen spot, but it's always been Jamey Wright's job to lose and he hasn't lost it.
Wright picked up a surprise start Wednesday as a sub for Ted Lilly, who instead was assigned a Minor League game so more relievers could pitch in the Major League game against the Padres.
It went well for Wright, two perfect innings. He's a 13-year veteran, but this is his seventh season having to make a club as a non-roster pitcher. He's sort of perfected the drill.
"My approach is just to get ready for the season and not like I'm competing against anybody else," said the 37-year-old right-hander. "I can't go out thinking I've got to throw 11 or 12 innings without a run. But the last four or five years, I've realized I can still get outs and make a team. If I get ready for the season, the rest takes care of itself. I gave up a couple runs the first two games, but I've settled in and found my timing and gotten back to normal."
The start was Wright's first in five years and he learned of the change in the morning.
"It brought back memories," he said. "There was no panic. I like to think I can start, relieve, close, set up, whatever."
Wright said he has an opt-out in his contract if he is not assured of an Opening Day roster spot by this Sunday.
Scott Rice, a real long shot for the bullpen spot, remained spotless with his sixth scoreless inning of the spring, while John Grabow overcame a walk and hit batter for a scoreless inning thanks to a line-drive double play.
The only three runs in the game scored off Todd Coffey, two scoring on opposing pitcher Tim Stauffer's bloop single.
Sellers out until Friday with left quad strain
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Infielder Justin Sellers, a front-runner for the final position player roster spot on the Dodgers, won't play until Friday because of a slight left quad strain.
Manager Don Mattingly said precaution is being taken because Sellers has a history of strains in his right quad. The Dodgers are off Thursday, so he will have two days to rest.
Mattingly said reliever Matt Guerrier came out of his bullpen session with no further lower back problems. Guerrier is scheduled to throw to hitters Friday, return to game action Sunday or Monday and is expected to be ready for Opening Day, barring another setback.
Dodgers to play charity to benefit Tucson victims
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Big league starters Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Juan Rivera, Dee Gordon and A.J. Ellis are expected to play in Friday's split-squad game in Tucson, but the real drawing card for the Christina-Taylor Green charity game against the White Sox might be the Minor League pitchers the Dodgers bring.
Former No. 1 picks Zach Lee, Chris Reed and Ethan Martin, as well as top pitching prospects Allen Webster, Shawn Tolleson and Angel Sanchez are expected to back up starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Lee is the LSU-bound quarterback the Dodgers wrested for a franchise-record $5.25 million signing bonus in 2010. Reed was last year's No. 1 pick while Martin has regained prospect status as a reliever.
Webster might be the most polished of the group, while Tolleson once was considered a better Texas prep pitching prospect than Clayton Kershaw and Sanchez is a Dominican who signed out of college coming off an impressive season at low Class A.
The game will be a benefit for the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation. The Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund was established by Dodgers scout John Green and his family to honor the life and memory of his daughter, Christina-Taylor, through charitable and educational projects that reflect and embody her interests, values and dreams.
This is the second straight year that the Dodgers have played a benefit game in Tucson to help raise funds for the victims and families affected by the tragic shooting events of Jan. 8, 2011.
The game will begin at 1:05 p.m. PT.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.