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Dodgers take on NL East-leading Nationals in a 3-game series starting Labor Day

First-place showdown this week as the Dodgers take on the NL East-leading Washington Nationals in a three-game series starting Labor Day Dodgers take on NL East-leading Nationals in a 3-game series starting Labor Day Magic Johnson Bobblehead presented by Coca-Cola Tuesday

The first-place Dodgers' 10th homestand of the season begins with a three-game series against the NL East-leading Washington Nationals: Monday, September 1 at 5:10 p.m., Tuesday, September 2 at 7:10 p.m. and Wednesday, September 3 at 12:10 p.m. All auto gates open at 2:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 3:00 p.m. Monday, all auto gates open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and all auto gates open at 9:30 a.m. and all stadium gates open at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

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For the series against the Nationals, Levy Restaurants will offer a special extreme loaded dog, the Washington Dog, an all-beef hot dog wrapped in Virginia Ham. It will be available Monday through Wednesday at extreme loaded dog concession stands on the Field, Loge and Reserve levels.

The Dodgers will commemorate Josh Beckett's May 25 no-hitter Monday with a commemorative pin. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Josh Beckett no-hitter commemorative pin. Beckett's May 25 no-hitter at Philadelphia was the first of his career and the 21st in Dodger franchise history. Beckett joined Randy Johnson, Dave Stewart, Jack Morris, Bret Saberhagen, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Lew Burdette and Don Larsen as the only pitchers in MLB history to be selected World Series MVP and throw a no-hitter.

Beckett's commemorative pin is the first of two no-hitter pin giveaways. The second will celebrate Clayton Kershaw's June 18 no-hitter on September 22 (vs. SF, 7:10 p.m.). Tickets for both commemorative pin giveaways are available for purchase now at www.dodgers.com/nohitter or by calling 866-DODGERS.

As part of his 27,273-mile media tour, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, eight-division world champion in boxing, will throw the ceremonial first pitch on Monday. Pacquia will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against New York's undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion, Chris Algieri, Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena. The fight will be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 6:00 p.m. PST. The Filharmonic, who appeared on NBC's "The Sing-Off," will perform prior to Monday's game and will also sing the national anthem. They will open for Pentatonix at the Pomona Fairplex on September 6.

Dodger Alumni League member Tim Leary will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Kenny Landreaux will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza. 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. Marine Corps Sergeant Leon Pierce of Los Angeles. Pierce enlisted in 2002 and served with a Mortar Platoon maintaining personnel and equipment and ensuring his unit was mentally and physically prepared for combat operations. While deployed at Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, his vehicle was hit by an IED where he sustained several injuries. He is now recovering at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Camp Pendleton and hopes to attend SDSU to become a trauma nurse. Pierce's accolades include the Purple Heart and the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals. Bank of America Senior Vice President Global Commercial Banking Felix Whittaker will present Pierce with an authenticated flag that has proudly flown over Dodger Stadium and display case.

Monday, September 1

  • Media gates - 1:10 p.m.
  • Auto gates - 2:30 p.m.
  • Stadium gates - 3:00 p.m.
  • Pregame ceremonies - 4:30 p.m.
  • Game time - 5:10 p.m.

The Dodgers take on the Nationals at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. 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 a Magic Johnson Bobblehead presented by Coca-Cola.

Dodgers Radio AM 570 Fox Sports LA's Petros and Money show will broadcast live from the left-field pavilion plaza. R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne will perform the national anthem. Osborne has performed at many Lakers and Dodger games throughout the years. Dodger Alumni League member Dennis Powell will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Derrel Thomas will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza. 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. Marine Corps Sergeant Wyatt Waldron of Palmdale. Waldron was a 50 Caliber Heavy Machine Gunner with the 3rd Battalion 4th Marine Infantry and served three combat tours in Iraq. In 2004, his unit fought in the battle of Fallujah, Iraq, and pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein. Waldron's accolades include the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained from an IED blast, two Marine Corps Medals with Valor and the Silver Star.

Tuesday, September 2

  • 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.
  • Nationals batting practice - 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Pregame ceremonies - 6:55 p.m.
  • Game time - 7:10 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Dodgers take on the Nationals at 12:10 p.m. to conclude the three-game series. All auto gates open at 9:30 a.m. and all stadium gates open at 10:00 a.m.

Singer and songwriter Kim Devine will perform the national anthem. Dodger Alumni League member Billy Ashley will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Matt Luke will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza. 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. Air Force Staff Sergeant John Smith. In 1961, after hearing President John F. Kennedy's first inaugural speech in which he stated '"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," Smith enlisted in the Air Force and served at the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base doing medical research.

Wednesday, September 3

  • Media gates - 8:10 a.m.
  • Auto gates - 9:30 a.m.
  • Stadium gates - 10:00 a.m.
  • Pregame ceremonies - 1:55 a.m.
  • Game time - 12:10 p.m.

"Take a Number," a 15-page special section offering the history behind every Dodger uniform number from 00 to 99, is the featured story in September's Dodger Insider magazine. The issue also boasts a cover package on Clayton Kershaw, with stories on his Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity event, his MVP candidacy and his unprecedented domination of the strike zone in 2014. There are more than two dozen stories in this edition of Dodger Insider - the biggest of the year - including a feature on how deeply Zack Greinke is a student of the game, the myth and reality behind new defensive stats, inside-the-game and historical stories, photos, games for all ages and much more.

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.

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 $50 and just $25 for the Kids Fun Run. 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.

Tickets are available for all games against the Nationals and can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets 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.

Games Monday and Wednesday will also 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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