Vin Scully misses home opener

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Hall of Fame broadcaster, missed calling the team's home opener on Tuesday for just the second time in his 63 years at the microphone.

Scully, who the team said was suffering from a severe cold, skipped the game on orders from his doctor, a source said.

The illness isn't thought to be serious.

Dodgers star Matt Kemp sent best wishes to Scully on Twitter before the Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1. "Get well soon Mr. Vin Scully!!" he wrote on the social media site.

Scully began experiencing cold symptoms last weekend while the team was in San Diego, and he made the decision on Sunday, because of those symptoms, to do the television broadcast only.

Scully normally does a three-inning simulcast on both television and radio before Rick Monday and Charley Steiner take over the radio broadcast and Scully completes the game on TV.

Scully, 84, was inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He announced during spring training that he will further trim his travel schedule, visiting only cities within California and Phoenix.

The only other time Scully missed a Dodgers home opener was in 1977, when he was calling the first round of the Masters golf tournament for network television.

A broadcaster with the Dodgers since 1950, when they were still in Brooklyn, Scully has called three perfect games, 19 no-hitters and games in 25 World Series, according to the team.