LOS ANGELES -- When manager Joe Torre posted his Dodgers lineup for Saturday's game with the Yankees, it included slumping catcher Russell Martin and center fielder Matt Kemp."Those guys have to play these games," said Torre. "I don't think they're tired, I really don't. If anything, it's from trying too hard. Physically, I don't think they're worn down. Martin is in a 1-for-19 slide that has taken his average from .261 to .246. He hasn't homered since May 11 and has only four RBIs this month. Kemp, who hit .291 in May, is hitting .191 in June with 30 strikeouts in 89 at-bats and a .235 on-base percentage, .315 slugging percentage and .549 OPS, almost 300 points below the .842 he had in 2009. He has struck out six of his last nine at-bats.
Padilla shrugs off exchange with CC
LOS ANGELES -- Vicente Padilla has hit 103 batters with pitches in his Major League career and been accused of sometimes doing so intentionally, but he said the pitch that hit Robinson Cano on Friday night was not one of those."I'm not the bad guy in this movie," Padilla said Saturday. Padilla hit Cano in the backside with an 0-1 fastball in the fourth inning on Friday night. When Padilla came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia hit Padilla with a first-pitch fastball on the leg. Plate umpire Phil Cuzzi considered Sabathia's retaliatory and issued warnings to both teams. "Hitting Cano was totally unintentional," said Padilla. "I throw inside. That was too inside. They want to antagonize, but I'm not the bad guy in this movie. I don't know why they hit me. I would imagine they did it to defend and protect teammates. I understand that, but the pitch I threw was not intentional." Padilla said he had never before faced Sabathia and had no history of trouble with him. The pitchers glared at each other as Padilla walked slowly toward first base with bat in hand. Padilla said no comments were exchanged. "If it makes him happy to hit me," said Padilla, "that's OK." The second batter Padilla faced after being hit, Alex Rodriguez, slugged the game-winning home run, but Padilla said the umpire's warning did not influence his pitch selection. "I tried a four-seamer in, but it kept in the middle," he said. "Nothing is going to change how I pitch in a game. I always pitch inside. The fact there's a warning isn't going to change that." Otherwise, Padilla was pleased with his second start after nearly two months on the disabled list with an inflamed radial nerve. He was charged with two runs in seven innings in the 2-1 loss and was especially effective with an Eephus slow curve. "I wish we had won, but I'm happy with the way I pitched and the velocity I had the whole game," he said.
Wade set to begin rehab
LOS ANGELES -- Injured Dodgers reliever Cory Wade was scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Saturday night at Class A Inland Empire. Wade had shoulder surgery in the spring.The Dodgers also have promoted prospects Jerry Sands, Aaron Miller and Will Savage from Class A. Sands, a slugging first baseman, was hitting .333 with 18 homers and 46 RBIs in 69 games at Great Lakes. He's already hit home runs in his first two games at Double-A Chattanooga. Miller, the supplemental pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft, was 2-4 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 starts for Inland Empire. In his first start at Chattanooga, Miller allowed two runs in six innings. Savage, a 25th-round pick from the University of Oklahoma, was 6-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 13 starts at Great Lakes. He's been promoted to Inland Empire.
Torre attends Wooden's memorial service
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' lineup was posted late Saturday because manager Joe Torre attended the memorial service for late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, followed by a meeting with the front office.Torre said facing some of his former Yankees players reminded him of some of Wooden's principles as memorialized in his Pyramid for Success -- namely, character. "You realize how many players come down the pike and that character gets you through the tough times," said Torre. He said the memorial included a video of Wooden's NCAA championship teams and speeches by broadcasters Vin Scully and Al Michaels as well as some of Wooden's former players. Wooden died June 4 at age 99.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.