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Dodgers take on Braves in a three-game series starting tomorrow

LOS ANGELES - The first-place Dodgers' eighth homestand of the season begins tomorrow with a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves: tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29 at 7:10 p.m. (RHP Josh Beckett vs. RHP Aaron Harang), Wednesday, July 30 at 7:10 p.m. (RHP Zack Greinke vs. LHP Alex Wood) and Thursday, July 31 at 7:10 p.m. (LHP Clayton Kershaw vs. RHP Julio Teheran). All auto gates open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday.

The Dodgers take on the Braves at 7:10 p.m. tomorrow. All auto gates open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 5:00 p.m. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Vin Scully 65th Anniversary Talking Microphone presented by Farmer John.

Internationally renowned Rock Opera singer Alexander Kariotis will perform the national anthem. Dodger Alumni League member Tim Leary will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Billy Ashley will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 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 Petty Officer First Class Gabriel Bocanegra. He enlisted in 1994 and immediately following boot camp was sent to train as a Hospital Corpsman learning preventive and Navy Environmental medicine. He is currently serving at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego providing care for sick and wounded sailors and marines. He has served nine deployments including Afghanistan and a tour in Iraq. Bocanegra's accolades include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement and Commendation medals.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters from A Place Called Home, Athletes vs. Cancer and Operation Progress will be in attendance. A Place Called Home is located in South Central LA and provides at-risk youth with a secure, positive family environment where they can regain hope and belief, earn trust and self-respect. Athletes vs. Cancer is NBA Star Matt Barnes' non-profit organization that unites athletes, celebrities and the community together in the fight to save lives against cancer. Operation Progress is a LAPD mentoring program in Watts in which Southeast Division officers work with the city's most at-risk youth in the South Central LA community. 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, Tuesday, July 29

Media gates

3:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

3:30 p.m.

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.

Braves 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 Braves at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday. All auto gates open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 5:00 p.m.

LPGA champion and Pasadena native Mo Martin will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Martin won the Women's British Open two weeks ago. Erika Makiko Olsen, 2011 Nisei Week Queen and vocal artist will perform the national anthem.

Dodger Alumni League member Tommy Davis 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 7:00 p.m. A DJ will provide musical entertainment in the right-field pavilion plaza.

Wednesday is also Japan Night at Dodger Stadium. An origami workshop will be offered in the right-field pavilion plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Nisei Week Court, Nisei Week queen and princesses, will make an appearance in the right-field pavilion plaza from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and will also be introduced as part of pregame ceremonies. Nisei Week Japanese Festival takes place August 9-17 in Little Tokyo, downtown LA. Pom Pom Girls and LA Matsuri Taiko will also perform pregame. Dr. Greg Kimura, president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, will also be introduced as part of pre-game ceremonies.

For Japan Night, Levy Restaurants will offer a special extreme loaded dog, the Teriyaki Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with Japanese mayo, Teriyaki sauce, caramelized onions, and nori seaweed. It will be available Wednesday at extreme loaded dog concession stands on the Field, Loge and Reserve levels. Levy Restaurants also always offers Sushi in Field section five, Healthy Cart Loge section 106 and Healthy Cart Reserve section 6. Japanese beer sponsor Sopporo Beer is offered in Field sections 30, 31, 47 and 48, Loge sections 140, 145 and 131, Reserve sections 10 and 11 and Top Deck section 5. Kirin Frozen Beer is offered in Field section 5, at the ITFDB Bar, Blue Heaven Bar and Loge sections 166 and 167.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters from Compton Baseball Academy Teams (CBATs) 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.

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Steven De Avila. De Avila enlisted in 2001 and served with three other squadrons prior to being assigned to the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75 based in San Diego. As the lead Petty Officer of Aviation Mechanic and the squadron's head mechanic he is in charge of ensuring the maintenance on 11 MH-6oR Helicopters. He has been deployed to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf on 3 occasions in addition to tours in Japan and the Pacific Rim. His accolades include five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal and a battle Efficiency Medal.

Wednesday, July 30

Media gates

3:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

3:30 p.m.

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.

Braves 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 Braves at 7:10 p.m. Thursday. All auto gates open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 5:00 p.m. The first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive an Original 30 HR Club Bobblehead (Baker, Cey, Garvey, Smith) presented by Security Benefit. In 1977, the Dodgers became the first team in MLB history to have four 30 home run hitters. That quartet consisted of Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32), Ron Cey (30) and Dusty Baker (30).

Members of the 30 HR club Ron Cey and Reggie Smith will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Interscope Recording artist and LA native Jasmin V will perform the national anthem.

Dodger Alumni League member Matt Luke will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Derrel Thomas will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A DJ will also provide musical entertainment in the right-field pavilion plaza.

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Daniel Acuna, who enlisted in 2002. He currently serves with HHB 1-144 FA as a Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems Specialist and a Firefinder Radar Operator. His deployments include Kandahar, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Acuna's accolades include the Bronze Star, Nato Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters will be in attendance representing New Life in Christ's youth program from Compton and Bethel Missionary Baptist Church's youth mentoring program from Pasadena. 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.

Thursday, July 31

Media gates

3:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

3:30 p.m.

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.

Braves batting practice

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

Pregame ceremonies

6:55 p.m.

Game time      

7:10 p.m.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is holding an auction now through July 31 for a Cy Young Award Winner Clayton Kershaw autographed no-hitter game-used baseball and Dodger Stadium Experience. The opening bid is $10,000. Fans can bid on a one-of-a-kind experience to include a Kershaw autographed game-used baseball from his no-hitter game, which is his first no-hitter and the 22nd no-hitter in Dodger History, including a certificate of authenticity from LADF signed by Kershaw. The winner and three friends will get to watch Dodger batting practice on a pre-selected and mutually agreeable date, take a photo with Kershaw with photos printed and autographed to the winner and each guest by Kershaw, four Dugout Club game tickets and a signed 30x20 mounted canvas by team photographer Jon Soo Hoo capturing Kershaw's last out in the no-hitter. This is the only Kershaw no-hitter ball to be offered by LADF. The game-used autographed baseball is not the final out ball. Auction can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/ladf.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 5K Run and Kids Fun Run presented by your SoCal Honda Dealers will be held on September 21 at Dodger Stadium. The 5K registration for the LADF 5K Run and Kids Fun Run is now open online at www.dodgers.com/5K. Fans can register for the 5K Run for just $45 and just $25 for the Kids Fun Run. 5K Run registration fee increases to $50 on August 1. The 5K Run course includes views of Dodger Stadium, downtown Los Angeles, a cool-down run around the Dodger Stadium warning track and appearances by Dodger Alumni League members. The Kids Fun Run will take place on the Dodger Stadium warning track. Awards will be given to top participants in male and female categories. Each LADF 5K Run and Kids Fun Run participant will receive a Dodger tech shirt and medal. 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' auto gates are 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.

Yasiel Puig is the cover subject of the July issue of Dodger Insider magazine, which again boasts more than two dozen stories on every aspect of Dodger baseball. Among the features: a detailed look at Josh Beckett's remarkable return from 2013 surgery, follow-ups on the no-hitters by Beckett and Clayton Kershaw, an inside-the-room view of the Dodgers' 2014 draft, the return of Dee Gordon and Brandon League from challenging 2013 seasons, and several historical pieces, including Dixie Walker's journey from "The People's Cherce" to the people's pariah, only to return years later as team batting coach.

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 Padres 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 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.

Tomorrow's game will be featured on MLB Network. All Dodger games 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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