First-place Dodgers take on D-backs in three-game series starting tomorrow

LOS ANGELES - The first-place Dodgers' 10th homestand of the season continues with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks: Friday, September 5 at 7:10 p.m. (LHP Vidal Nuno vs. RHP Dan Haren), Saturday, September 6 at 6:10 p.m. (RHP Chase Anderson vs. RHP Zack Greinke) and Sunday, September 7 at 1:10 p.m. (RHP Trevor Cahill vs. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu). All auto gates open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, all auto gates open at 3:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 4:00 p.m. Saturday and all auto gates open at 10:30 a.m. and all stadium gates open at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

Fans are invited onto the field for Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's immediately following the game tomorrow. 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. Tomorrow's show is themed to Classic Rock as voted on by fans.

Dodger Alumni League member Kenny Landreaux 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. and in the Stadium Club from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A DJ will provide musical entertainment in the right-field pavilion plaza. Luke Edgemon, former contestant on "The Voice," who has also appeared on "Glee" and worked with Barbara Streisand and Idina Menzel, will perform the national anthem.

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Air Force Game 1st Lieutenant Nathan Welch of Seal Beach. Welch was commissioned in 2011, following in the footsteps of his two grandfathers, and serves with the 865th Airborne Control Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base where he flies surveillance and reconnaissance missions to provide intelligence to combatant commanders. He flew 24 combat missions over Afghanistan logging 260 combat hours, which provided more than 87,000 ground troops air support while several high value targets were eliminated. Welch's accolades include the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters from South LA's Parmelee Avenue Elementary, Wilmington Teen Center, Huntington Park High School and Lancaster's Challenger Middle School 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.

More than 900 students and staff from West Coast Baptist College will be in attendance as part of their annual Dodger Night. West Coast Baptist College, located in northern Los Angeles County, has been training students for church ministry for the past 20 years. More than 1,000 members of the Episcopal Church from various counties throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino, will be in attendance to celebrate their 21st annual Dodger Night. Bishop Catherine Roskam will throw a ceremonial first pitch.

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 Clayton Kershaw autographed baseball, Andre Ethier autographed photo and Yasiel Puig autographed game-used #42 LA Dodger jersey from Jackie Robinson Day. 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.

Friday, September 5

Media gates

3:10 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.

Diamondbacks batting practice

5:20 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.

Game time

7:10 p.m.

Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's

Immediately following game

The Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks at 6:10 p.m. Saturday. All auto gates open at 3:30 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 4:00 p.m. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive Headphones presented by Lexus.

Bassist, founding member of LA band Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grammy award-winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and life-long Dodger fan Flea will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Dodger Alumni League member Al "The Bull" Ferrara will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Derrel Thomas will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will sign in the Stadium Club from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A DJ will provide musical entertainment in the right-field pavilion plaza and a face painter will be on hand for youngsters in the left-field pavilion plaza from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Rob Riggle. Riggle joined the Marines Corps in 1990 and started his career as a pilot and transitioned into Civil and Public Affairs. Immediately following the attacks on September 11, Riggle served with the MTU 17 Unit, and worked at ground zero searching through piles of rubble by hand for six days in hopes of finding potential survivors. Two months later he was deployed to Afghanistan. Riggle served nine years active duty and 14 years reserve. He retired in 2013 and his accolades include the Combat Action Ribbon, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the joint services Commendation Medal.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters from Boys and Girls Club South Bay, Rose Hill Park Pirates, a baseball team from Rose Hill Recreation Center in El Sereno, and KIPP LA Prep, a high-performing tuition-free public charter middle school in Boyle Heights, 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 Dodgers will celebrate the first annual Champions Night honoring the accomplishments of local baseball and softball champions from the district, section and state. Five Southern California teams will be recognized prior to the game: Hart Mustang 9U Tournament team, Santa Monica 16U Patriots, Southridge Spartan All-Stars, South Pasadena 9-10 Softball and Jr. Softball All-Star Teams and the Thousand Oaks Little League All-Star State Champs. The California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) Alumni & Friends Association has invited more than 1,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff and community supporters from Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties to attend CI Alumni and Friends Dodger Day. California State University Channel Islands (CI), located in Camarillo, California, is a student-centered four-year public university known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Saturday, September 6

Media gates

2:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

2:30 p.m.

Dodger batting practice

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Auto gates

3:30 p.m.

Stadium gates

4:00 p.m.

Diamondbacks batting practice

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

Pregame ceremonies

5:55 p.m.

Game time

6:10 p.m.

On Sunday, the Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks at 1:10 p.m. to conclude the three-game series. 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 will receive an A.J. Ellis bobblehead.

International recording artist, from Ontario, California, T Lopez, will perform the national anthem. Dodger Alumni League member Al Downing will sign autographs in the right-field pavilion plaza and Alumni Leaguer Billy Ashley will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion plaza. A DJ will provide musical entertainment in the right-field pavilion plaza and a face painter will be on hand for youngsters in the right-field pavilion plaza from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Viva Los Dodgers, presented by State Farm, Chevrolet and Time Warner Cable at the historic 76 station, begins at 11:00 a.m. The pre-game family-friendly festival will feature an appearance by Hanley Ramirez from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the State Farm tent. Musical entertainment will be provided by Cava and Bachata singer J'Martin. Additionally, Dodger Alumni Leaguer Dennis Powell will sign autographs at Viva Los Dodgers.

Adrian Gonzalez, through the Adrian Gonzalez's Viva Los Dodgers community program, provides 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 Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF). MAOF is the largest Latino-oriented, family services organization in the United States providing for the socio-economic betterment of the greater Latino community of California, while preserving the pride, values and heritage of the Mexican American culture. This is accomplished through programs in early childhood education and family services, job training and senior lifestyle development throughout the multicultural communities served by MAOF. For more information about MAOF, visit www.maof.org.

Sunday's "Héroes de la Comunidad" honoree at Viva Los Dodgers is LAPD Senior Office Gina Chovan who has been a member of the LAPD for more than 21 years. All Dodger fans are welcome at Viva Los Dodgers and the event is free with a ticket to Sunday's game.

The Veteran of the Game presented by Bank of America is U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Ricardo Ferrer of Walnut. Ferrer enlisted in 2002 and is currently assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 onboard an HH-60H helicopter. He serves as a Door Gunner and Combat Search and Rescue Crewman in direct support of Special Operations Forces throughout the world. He has served deployments to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. Ferrer's accolades include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 250 youngsters from Park Ave. Elementary in Cudahy, Stella Middle Charter Academy and LA's I Have A Dream Foundation, an organization which helps underprivileged children become productive citizens by providing a long-term program of academic enhancement, mentoring and cultural enrichment with an assured opportunity for higher education, 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 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 an Adrian Gonzalez autographed baseball, Zack Greinke autographed photo and A.J. Ellis autographed game-used #42 LA Dodger jersey from Jackie Robinson Day. 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, September 7

Media gates

9:10 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.

"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 Diamondbacks 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.

Tomorrow's game 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).

Media interested in applying for daily credentials should apply 24 hours prior to game time at http://credentials.mlb.com. For any questions on credentials or on the series against the Diamondbacks, please contact the Dodgers' Public Relations department by calling (323) 224-1301.