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Dodgers take on San Francisco in a four-game series starting tomorrow

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LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers' third homestand of the season begins with a four-game series against the first-place San Francisco Giants tomorrow, Thursday, May 8 at 7:10 p.m. (RHP Ryan Vogelsong vs. RHP Josh Beckett), Friday, May 9 at 7:10 p.m. (LHP Madison Bumgarner vs. LHP Paul Maholm), Saturday, May 10 at 1:10 p.m. (TBA vs. RHP Zack Greinke) and Sunday, May 11 at 1:10 p.m. (RHP Tim Hudson vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw). All auto gates open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, all auto gates open at 10:30 a.m. and all stadium gates open at 11:00 a.m.

 

The first 40,000 fans in attendance tomorrow will receive an inflatable chair presented by Coca-Cola. Rob Delaney, comedian and voted funniest person on Twitter via Comedy Central, requested to perform the national anthem at Dodger Stadium via @Dodgers. Delaney will get his Twitter wish fulfilled tomorrow. Meb Keflezighi, the first American in 32 years to win the Boston Marathon, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Dodger Alumni League member Tim Leary will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Dennis Powell will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. A DJ will provide musical entertainment in the right-field pavilion plaza.

 

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jonathan McDermott. McDermott enlisted in 1997 following in the footsteps of his grandfather, and serves with the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35 based in San Diego. McDermott has served deployments including Operation Enduring Freedom and his accolades include a Humanitarian Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Medal.

 

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters from Washington Prep High School, an urban four-year comprehensive high school committed to providing a quality education enabling each member of the diverse student body to strive for excellence, will be in attendance. Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball provides Los Angeles area inner-city youth with a Dodger game experience courtesy of the Dodgers. Transportation to and from Dodger Stadium in a customized Dodger bus, Reserve level tickets, a voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage and a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T-shirt are included.

 

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 8

Media gates

3:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

3:30 p.m.

Dodger manager Don Mattingly media session

4:05 p.m. (approximately)

Dodger batting practice

4:20 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Auto gates

4:30 p.m.

Stadium gates

5:00 p.m.

Giants batting practice

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Pregame ceremonies

6:55 p.m.

Game time

7:10 p.m.

 

The Dodgers take on the Giants at 7:10 p.m. Friday. All auto gates open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 5:00 p.m. Fans are invited onto the field for Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's immediately following the game. The fireworks show will be set to Hip-Hop and R&B music. In an effort to continue to be good neighbors to the residents surrounding Dodger Stadium, fireworks shows will take place before 11:00 p.m. and are subject to cancellation due to length of game.

 

Al Ferrara will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Kenny Landreaux will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. A DJ will provide musical entertainment in the right-field pavilion plaza. The national anthem will be performed by RCA recording artist Tinashe who currently has a hit song, "2 On," featuring Schoolboy Q. LA native and Platinum Recording Artist Kid Ink of Tha Alumni Music Group/RCA Records will throw the ceremonial first pitch. His song "Show Me," has 61 million views on YouTube.

 

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Air Force Captain David Behrendt. Behrendt was commissioned in 2009, spent most of his career with the Air Force Special Operations Command, and is now serving with the 61st Force Support Squadron at Los Angeles Air Force Base. He served a deployment to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan and his accolades include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will hold a silent auction on the Club level by the Vin Scully Press Box. The auction ends at 8:45 p.m. with more than 25 items up for bid, including a Hanley Ramirez autographed baseball, Clayton Kershaw autographed LA Dodgers jersey and an Andre Ethier autographed photo. All proceeds will benefit LADF and its programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy and health and wellness which help children and families throughout the greater Los Angeles region.

 

The Dodgers will play host to Relay for Life's second annual fundraiser. Relay for Life events help communities across the globe fight cancer. Jeff Jones of Relay for Life Bellflower will be on hand to throw the ceremonial first pitch. Jones, a cancer survivor, lost his right arm one year ago Friday in order to save his own life, and now continues to fundraise to fight cancer. His efforts earned him the American Cancer Society Patient Courage Award for the State of California. More than 1,500 supporters will be in attendance as part of Relay for Life and in support of Jones. More information on group sales can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/groups.

 

Friday, May 9

Media gates

3:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

3:30 p.m.

Dodger manager Don Mattingly media session

4:05 p.m. (approximately)

Dodger batting practice

4:20 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Auto gates

4:30 p.m.

Stadium gates

5:00 p.m.

Giants batting practice

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Pregame ceremonies

6:55 p.m.

Game time

7:10 p.m.

 

The Dodgers face the Giants Saturday at 1:10 p.m. and the first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a pennant presented by Security Benefit. Dodger Stadium will play also host to many of its former greats on Saturday. The Old-Timers game, presented by Security Benefit, is free with a ticket to the game and takes place immediately following the game against the Giants. Old Timers game introductions will be followed by a two-inning game. More information and a complete list of participants that include Eric Gagné, Nomar Garciaparra, Orel Hershiser, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Davey Lopes, Raul Mondesi, Fernando Valenzuela and Maury Wills can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/oldtimersgame. Fans can also tune into the Old-Timers game which will air live on SportsNet LA.

 

All auto gates open at 10:30 a.m. and all stadium gates open at 11:00 a.m. Former Brooklyn Dodger Ralph Mauriello will sing the national anthem. Dennis Powell will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Billy Ashley will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 11:00 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. A DJ will provide musical entertainment in the right-field pavilion plaza and face painters will be in both right and left-field pavilion plazas pre-game. Former Dodger Jerry Reuss will sign his new book, "Bring in the Right-Hander," Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m. in the NEW ERA merchandise shop in the right-field pavilion plaza.

 

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Army Sergeant Stella Hardcastle of Redlands. Hardcastle enlisted in 2008 and is stationed at Fort Irwin serving with the Eagle Team Flight Detachment Operations Group. She was deployed to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and her accolades include the Army Commendation Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and Fort Irwin's Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. 

 

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters representing three organizations will be in attendance. Compton Sheriff's Youth Center, a youth community center dedicated to providing Los Angeles County youth with safe facilities, planned programs and the vital tools they need to thrive and succeed in life, will be on hand. Thinking About Tomorrow, a non-profit organization dedicated to impacting everyday lives of at-risk youth by establishing within them a solid foundation of values, will be on hand. As a reward for perfect attendance, Thinking About Tomorrow will bring students from Los Angeles High School, 107th Street Elementary and Grape Street Elementary. Lot 318, which ministers to at-risk youth and their community by empowering them to see their worth and purpose in this world, will also attend Saturday's game. Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball provides Los Angeles area inner-city youth with a Dodger game experience courtesy of the Dodgers. Transportation to and from Dodger Stadium in a customized Dodger bus, Reserve level tickets, a voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage and a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T-shirt are included.

 

Saturday, May 10

Media gates

9:10 a.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

9:40 a.m.

Auto gates

10:30 a.m.

Stadium gates

11:00 a.m.

Pregame ceremonies

12:55 p.m.

Game time

1:10 p.m.

Old Timers game

Immediately following game

 

On Sunday, Mother's Day, the Dodgers take on the Giants at 1:10 p.m. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Mother's Day clutch presented by Mother's Cookies and fans can partake in a postgame walk around the park. All auto gates open at 10:30 a.m. and all stadium gates open at 11:00 a.m.

 

The national anthem will be performed by Todd Leitz, local singer who also serves as public information officer for MySafe: LA, the public education partner of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

 

MLB announced the winners of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which recognized baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate commitment to eradicating the disease. The winner of the Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Dodgers is Isela Diaz and she will throw the ceremonial first pitch on Mother's Day. Nominated by her daughter, Mailee Diaz, Isela was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer on October 8, 2013. Since then she has undergone a mastectomy, a second surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes and chemotherapy. Just last week, Isela also completed radiation treatments that had been delayed due to another surgery for precancerous signs in her colon. A lifelong Dodger fan, Isela remains optimistic and fights a good fight every day, drawing inspiration from both her mother and older sister, who are also breast cancer survivors. She has not let this battle defeat her and continues to do things that doctors told her she would not be able to do. She stays active by going on 20-mile bike rides, attending family functions, exercising, and living her life to the fullest, despite her health.

 

Players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands on Sunday. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards will also be pink. Official game balls will be pink stitched Rawlings baseballs, the official ball of MLB. Numerous MLB players will use pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of MLB, which will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother's Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

 

Dodger Alumni League member Lee Lacy will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Al Downing will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 11:00 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. A DJ will provide musical entertainment in the right-field pavilion plaza and face painters will be in both right and left-field pavilion plazas pre-game. Classic rock cover band, The Trip, will perform in the right-field reserve plaza and DJ Lady Sha will provide entertainment in the left-field reserve plaza.

 

Viva Los Dodgers, presented by State Farm, Chevrolet and Time Warner Cable, now taking place at the historic 76 station begins at 11:00 a.m. The pre-game family-friendly festival will feature autographs by Dodger Alumni Leaguer Al Ferrara and musical entertainment will be provided by Palenke Soultribe, an electronic music trio that fuses electronic sounds with Afro-Colombian rhythms and melodies, and El Conjunto Nueva Ola, a group that mixes the rhythm of cumbia with new wave, rock and disco sounds.

 

Sunday's "Heroe de la Comunidad" honoree at Viva Los Dodgers is Executive Director of the Central City Action Committee, MaryAnne Hayashi. Hayashi has dedicated her life to working with disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles. She has guided thousands of young adults into counseling, education and training. Many of her alumni have gone on to college and various professions.

 

Adrian Gonzalez, through the Adrian Gonzalez's Viva Los Dodgers community program, will provide all-inclusive tickets and parking for families in greater Los Angeles by partnering with various non-profit organizations. This Sunday, Gonzalez will host families from the i.am.angel foundation. Boyle Heights native and Dodger fan will.i.am launched the i.am.angel foundation in 2009 to TRANS4M lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. As a part of his commitment to philanthropy, will.i.am and the i.am.angel foundation administer charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship), financial literacy and home mortgage assistance (i.am Home) and college preparation and student life (i.am College Track). More information can be found by visiting www.iamangelfoundation.org.

 

All Dodger fans are welcome at Viva Los Dodgers and the event is free with a ticket to Sunday's game.

 

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters will be in attendance representing: Woodcrest Elementary, a South LA elementary school, SoCal Cavs baseball team, an inner city baseball travel league, Magnolia Science Academy, a middle school located in Bell which is comprised of 94 percent low-income students and Edwin Markham Middle School, a south LA middle school. Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball provides Los Angeles area inner-city youth with a Dodger game experience courtesy of the Dodgers. Transportation to and from Dodger Stadium in a customized Dodger bus, Reserve level tickets, a voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage and a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T-shirt are included.

 

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is US Army Sergeant Celina Flores of Stockton.

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will hold a silent auction on the Club level by the Vin Scully Press Box. The auction ends at 2:45 p.m. with more than 25 items up for bid, including a Juan Uribe Autographed Baseball, Zack Greinke Autographed LA Dodgers Jersey and a Dee Gordon Autographed Photo. All proceeds will benefit LADF and its programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy and health and wellness which help children and families throughout the greater Los Angeles region.

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will have a Mystery Bag fundraiser at Viva Los Dodgers at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Tent. For a $40 donation, fans can get an official Major League Baseball signed by one of 10 Dodger Alumni featured, including Tommy Lasorda, Orel Hershiser, and Ron Cey and current players including Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. Only 84 Mystery Bags are available. All proceeds will benefit LADF and its programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy and health and wellness which help children and families throughout the greater Los Angeles region.

 

Sunday, May 11

Media gates

9:10 a.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

9:40 a.m.

Auto gates

10:30 a.m.

Viva Los Dodgers at 76 station

11:00 a.m.

Stadium gates

11:00 a.m.

Pregame ceremonies

12:55 p.m.

Game time

1:10 p.m.

Mother's Day walk around the park

Immediately following game

 

The Dodgers' auto gates are now open 2.5 hours before game time and the stadium gates are open two hours before the scheduled first pitch. Fans taking advantage of this early arrival time can enjoy various family-friendly activities as soon as gates open throughout Dodger Stadium including in the newly enhanced right and left-field pavilion plazas which feature the Budweiser and Bud Light bullpen overlook bars and the new Tommy Lasorda Trattoria and the Think Blue BBQ. In the left and right-field pavilion plazas, there are also plenty of photo opportunities with Dodger memorabilia, including five-foot diameter World Series rings, an eight-foot replica of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, a life-size statue of the iconic Farmer John Dodger Dog, interactive replicas of the 76 ball and various bobbleheads. Autographs for fans with Dodger Alumni League members and family friendly activities also take place before each game in the pavilion plazas and reserve level plazas.

 

An in-depth look at the comeback of Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp from several major injuries is the cover story of May's Dodger Insider magazine, on sale now. Dodger Insider features more two dozen stories, including "Dodgers Roadshow," team historian Mark Langill's journey through the strange and unusual memorabilia of Dodger history. Dodger Insider serves as a companion to the Dodger Insider blog, located at www.dodgers.com/insider and published multiple times daily. Dodger Insider magazine and the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers Yearbook, featuring a 21-page commemorative section dedicated to Vin Scully in his own words, are on sale throughout Dodger Stadium, including the Top of the Park store and online at www.dodgers.com/magazine. Subscriptions to the magazine can be ordered at any time. A digital version of Dodger Insider magazine, featuring embedded video links, is also available.

 

Tickets are available for all games against the Giants and can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets or by calling (323) DODGERS.

 

The Dodgers offer one of the best values in Los Angeles and all of sports with season tickets and mini plans starting at $14 per seat per game. More information on season tickets can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/seasontickets or by calling (323) DODGERS.

 

Fans are urged to arrive early and they are encouraged to utilize the many transportation alternatives that serve Union Station and will connect them to the Dodger Stadium Express, which will operate starting 90 minutes prior to first pitch. Fans can find specific route and schedule information by visiting www.metro.net or calling 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876). Dodger Stadium transportation and parking information can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/parking.

 

Saturday's game will be televised on Fox Sports 1. All other Dodger games this series are televised on SportsNet LA, the exclusive new 24/7 TV network of the Los Angeles Dodgers and includes live pre-game programming "Leadoff LA" and "Access SportsNet: Dodgers." Spanish-language telecasts take place for each home game. Time Warner Cable customers can watch live Spanish-language Dodger game telecasts in high definition on channel 382 in Los Angeles, 324 in the Desert Cities and 664 in Barstow. For more information about SportsNet LA's Spanish-language games and standard definition channel numbers, visit the "ESPAÑOL" tab on www.sportsnetla.com. The network will also offer Korean-language Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) for all live Dodger games on its air this season, a first for any MLB team. The Dodgers have partnered with Radio Korea, the team's Korean radio broadcast partner, to provide this service. For more information about SportsNet LA or to demand the network, visit www.ineedmydodgers.com or www.quieromisdodgers.com or call 1-844-I-NEED-MY (1-844-463-3369).

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