The battle for third place
Scott Podsednik, LF
Ryan Theriot, 2B
Andre Ethier, RF
James Loney, 1B
Casey Blake, 3B
Matt Kemp, CF
Jamey Carroll, SS
A.J. Ellis, C
Clayton Kershaw, P
Manny Ramirez is alive! He took batting practice at Dodger Stadium tonight and is close to a rehab assignment. Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com has details.
Rafael Furcal felt tightness and will be held back from starting a rehab assignment for at least a couple more days.
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Question: Are the Rockies more disappointing than the Dodgers this season, less or the same?
Related: Bob Timmermann explores "The Dodgers in 2010: The Year of Crabbiness" at L.A. Observed's Native Intelligence.
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Zach Lee is expected to make an appearance at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, the team said.
Lou Gehrig might not have had Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), reports Alan Schwarz in a fascinating New York Times article.
Josh Wilker has a fine piece about Mickey Rivers today at Cardboard Gods.
Remember Brent Mayne, he of the last Dodger catching tandem that couldn't hit straight before this one? Mayne has a blog and an interesting post about ballplayers as social misfits. (via Hardball Talk).
If it's an upset that the Padres are in first place and the Dodgers are in fourth, it's another upset that the Dodgers had a more satisfying 2010 draft than the Padres did. Paul DePodesta tells the story of what happened to leave San Diego's front office disappointed at It Might Be Dangerous ... You Go First.
Claudio Vargas has been granted his release by Albuquerque, the Isotopes said.
Former Dodger prospect Andrew Lambo has had his second setback of 2010 — a shoulder injury, reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.