Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dodgers host Mariners in Civil Rights Game on JRD

The Mariners and Dodgers will square off Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. PT in Major League Baseball's annual2015 Civil Rights Game at Dodger Stadium, which this year is being held in conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day.
All players, coaches and managers will wear Robinson's No. 42 jersey number in tribute to the man who broke baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, a tradition that began in 2009 at the suggestion of former Mariners star Ken Griffey Jr.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will be in attendance at the game, along with Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter, and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who became baseball's first African-American manager 40 years ago this month.
Things to know about this game:
• Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker will be looking to bounce back from a rough start in his season debut when he gave up nine hits and nine runs in 3 1/3 innings in a 12-0 loss to the A's on Friday. The 22-year-old is regarded as one of baseball's top young arms and had an outstanding spring (0.67 ERA in seven starts). Walker is 3-4 with a 4.15 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts) with Seattle in brief stints over the past three seasons.
• Left-hander Brett Anderson, who had considerable success against Seattle while in the American League West with the A's, makes his second start for the Dodgers. Anderson, 27, is 7-4 with a 1.81 ERA in 15 games against the Mariners, including 14 starts. Anderson took a no-decision in his initial start for the Dodgers, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings in a 4-3 loss to the D-backs.
• Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's status for the series finale is uncertain after the 24-year-old was held out of the lineup Tuesday with a tight left hamstring. The situation is believed to be minor, but with an off-day looming on Thursday, manager Don Mattingly could keep Puig sidelined and use the extra day to make sure he's fully healed by Friday's series opener against the Rockies. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said first baseman Logan Morrison will be back in Seattle's lineup after getting his first day off on Tuesday.

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