Saturday, June 27, 2009
Manny Ramirez homered in his first at-bat for Single-A Inland Empire. He finished the day going 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Pau Gasol threw out the first pitch of the game. Gasol was greeted to a standing ovation, and was just the latest Laker to attend a Dodger game after Kobe Bryant appeared in Anaheim when the Boys in Blue battled the Angels.
The night's fireworks display used music from pop-icon Michael Jackson. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 50.
The Dodgers signed Aaron Miller, their top draft-pick.
Eric Milton will be activated in order to start tomorrow's game. Corey Wade will be demoted to Triple-A to make room on the roster.
Manny Ramirez will begin a rehab stint with Single-A Inland Empire tomorrow.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The first round went as follows:
- Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma
- Memphis: Hasheem Thabeet, C, Connecticut
- Oklahoma City: James Harden, SG, Arizona State
- Sacramento: Tyreke Evans, SG, Memphis
- Minnesota (from Washington): Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain
- Minnesota: Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse
- Golden State: Stephen Curry, PG, Davidson
- New York: Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona
- Toronto: DeMar DeRozan, SG, USC
- Milwaukee: Brandon Jennings, PG, Compton/Italy
- New Jersey: Terrence Williams, SG, Louisville
- Charlotte: Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke
- Indiana: Tyler Hansbrough, PF, North Carolina
- Phoenix: Earl Clark, SF, Louisville
- Detroit: Austin Daye, SF, Gonzaga
- Chicago: James Johnson, PF, Wake Forest
- Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, PG, UCLA
- Minnesota (from Miami): Ty Lawson, PG, North Carolina (traded to Denver for future first-round pick)
- Atlanta: Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest
- Utah: Eric Maynor, PG, VCU
- New Orleans: Darren Collison, PG, UCLA
- Portland (from Dallas): Victor Claver, PF, Spain
- Sacramento (from Houston): Omri Casspi, SF, Israel
- Dallas (from Portland): B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State (traded to OKC for Beaubois)
- Oklahoma City (from San Antonio): Rodrigue Beaubois, PG, France (traded to Dallas for Mullens and future second-round pick)
- Chicago (from Denver via OKC): Taj Gibson, PF, USC
- Memphis (from Orlando): DeMarre Carroll, PF, Missouri
- Minnesota (from Boston): Wayne Ellington, SG, North Carolina
- Los Angeles Lakers: Toney Douglas, SG, Florida State (traded to New York for 2011 second-round pick and $3 million)
- Cleveland: Christian Eyenga, SG, Congo
Despite trading the first-round pick, the Lakers had two second-round picks, one from a trade with Charlotte for Kareem Rush back in 2004. With the 42nd overall pick, the Purple and Gold selected Patrick Beverley, who played most recently in the Ukraine in addition to Arkansas. The Lakers then sold his contract to Miami for $1.5 million and a future second-round pick. With the 59th overall pick, the Lakers chose Chinemelu Elonu, a center of Texas A&M.
The main talk of the draft was who be chosen by Memphis at number two. Many believed it would be highly-touted Spanish guard Ricky Rubio, while others thought Hasheem Thabeet would be chosen. Not only was Thabeet the number-two pick, Rubio fell to #5. Minnesota had an astonishing four different picks in the draft, and what's even more shocking was that they used each one to draft a guard. Conventional wisdom says a trade is in the works...
Manny Ramirez did not start for Triple-A Albuquerque today as planned; a rain-delay forced the team to keep him out to avoid any risk of injury.
UPDATE: The Lakers sold their 29th overall pick to the New York Knicks for $3 million. The money is intended to help resign Odom and Ariza.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Manny Ramirez had another rehab start with Albuquerqe. This time he drew a walk in his first plate-appearance, but grounded-out to the shortstop in his second. Manny was originally supposed to be in the game for at least five innings, but he left after four.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Manny Ramirez made his Isotope debut today, playing left field for Triple-A Albuquerque in a rehab start permitted by Major League Baseball. Manny batted lead-off as he struck out and grounded out to the shortstop in his only two at-bats.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Kobe Bryant was at the game with his father, and while he did not wear gear of either team, he appeared to be rooting for the Dodgers. He expressed amazement after Kershaw induced a bases-loaded double-play, and left with two outs in the ninth.