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Cleveland Sporting Team @ Dodgers July 1, 2014: No Hanleys Ever

Here’s a thing I am completely sick of typing: “Hanley Ramirez is not in the starting lineup tonight.” I’ve lost count of how many times he’s sat, and I honestly don’t care to look it up. Five? Ten? A million? Who knows? Ken Gurnick reports that Ramirez “did not participate in batting or infield practice on the field today. Probably limited to pinch-hitting again tonight.” And when you hear that, I just really, really wish that we don’t see him at all. 

Indians
Dodgers
7:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
CF
Bourn
2B
Gordon
SS
Cabrera
RF
Puig
LF
Brantley
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Chisenhall
LF
Kemp
2B
Kipnis
CF
Ethier
1B
Swisher
3B
Uribe
C
Gomes
C
Butera
RF
Murphy
SS
Triunfel
P
Masterson (R)
P
Beckett (R)

Dylan Hernandez further reports that “Hanley Ramirez is expected to start a game before the All-Star break, Don Mattingly said,” and I’m really hoping that’s a joke — both Hernandez and Mattingly like to fool with people at times — because, think about that for a second. The All-Star break is nearing, but it’s not that close. After finishing off with a matinee against Cleveland tomorrow, the Dodgers go to Colorado for four games — all against lefties, including Yohan Flande, who is apparently not made-up — then to Detroit for two before coming back home for four with the Padres before calling it a half. That’s 10 more games. Ramirez will probably start at least one, maybe, potentially. This never stops being fun.

With Ramirez out, Carlos Triunfel gets a start at shortstop, and Drew Butera gives A.J. Ellis a break. That makes the bottom third of the lineup pretty tasty for Tribe starter Justin Masterson. The Dodgers counter with Josh Beckett, shaking off his “general soreness” and trying to keep his unlikely dream season alive.

* * *

I knew there was something else I was going to note tonight, and it took me until now to remember what it was. Now that I remember it, I realize why it seemed so unimportant. The team purchased minor league first baseman Brock Peterson from the Nationals, according to the MLB.com transactions page, though neither team seems to have announced it. It’s here that I’m going to dispense with pretending that I know who he is and just report the facts: Peterson, 31 in November, was a 49th-round pick of the Twins in 2002 and kicked around their system until 2010, before spending most of the next two years in independent ball.

He surfaced with the Cardinals in 2012 and led the PCL in homers last year, earning himself a few cups of coffee in the bigs. (He had two walks and two singles in 28 plate appearances.) With the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate this year, he wasn’t doing much, hitting .250/.332/.367; though he had earlier played third and the outfield, he’s strictly a first baseman now. Why do the Dodgers want him? They don’t. The Isotopes do, however, with Clint Robinson, Miguel Rojas and Triunfel all in Los Angeles, and the roster in Triple-A looking exceptionally thin.

Wed 10/1Thurs 10/2Fri 10/3Sat 10/4Sun 10/5Mon 10/6Tues 10/7
RP. Baez--12-26
LS. Elbert--9-11
RC. Frias---
LJ.P. Howell--109-8
RK. Jansen--20-
RB. League--212-21
RB. Wilson---9
RJ. Wright---

About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


1319 comments
Nonfactor
Nonfactor

Yikes. I didn't see that Triunfel swing. That was a harbinger there.

the great dick tater
the great dick tater

Also my cat is currently standing on my head, I am equally as amused as he is I'm guessing.

KMT59
KMT59

Ok we need to win tomorrow to take the series...Night all

Remember early game tomorrow 1210 AHT

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Bums. What a Dodgeriest Dodgerian game.

Lobo
Lobo

I would pay cash money to hear Blah explain TLR to his parents

BIah
BIah

My dad says "My first date with my wife was Game 6 of the 1988 NLCS.  We lost.  But I managed to lock my keys in the car so we got a bunch of extra time together.  This probably explains a lot about why Blah is the way he is."

My mother says "One of Blah's first words was 'odgers'."

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

SVS officially burned to death

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

NOT THE BACKUP CATCHER!! IF BUTERA GETS HURT WHO IS GOING TO CATCH IN THE TOP OF THE INNING?!?!

BIah
BIah

@TheConman My parents cracked up.

My mom, "I like Blah's hat, it' looks like he has an ice pack on his head!"

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

Tony La Russa was a former manager of a major league baseball team.

The end.

Lobo
Lobo

@BIah That is a heck of a first date

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

Definitely third base side, higher up the better and between the edges of Top Deck, best bet.

Or Loge Row M and higher, also third base side.

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

Yep. Hoping to find shade. I won't be heavily invested in the game, will just spend an afternoon and hoping it to be a low stress affair.

the great dick tater
the great dick tater

Next thing you know it's gonna be like (x-2)(3x+5) - x = 7 just to ask a question