Opening Week Presented By Bank Of America Concludes With Series Against Rival San Francisco Giants

LOS ANGELES - Opening Week presented by Bank of America concludes with a three-game series against San Francisco tomorrow, April 15 (LHP Madison Bumgarner vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw), Saturday, April 16 (RHP Johnny Cueto vs. LHP Scott Kazmir) and Sunday, April 17 (RHP Jeff Samardzija vs. RHP Kenta Maeda). Tomorrow's contest against the Giants takes place at 7:10 p.m. with auto gates opening at 4:40 p.m. and stadium gates opening at 5:10 p.m. Saturday's game is at 6:10 p.m. with auto gates opening at 3:40 p.m. and stadium gates at 4:10 p.m. The series finale against the Giants will begin at 5:05 p.m. with auto gates opening at 2:35 p.m. and stadium gates at 3:05 p.m. Tickets for all games against San Francisco are available and can be purchased by calling 866-DODGERS or by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets.

The Dodgers will join Major League Baseball and all MLB Clubs in paying tribute to Jackie Robinson tomorrow. April 15 is commemorated annually and tomorrow marks the 69th anniversary of the legendary Hall of Famer breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947. Rachel and Sharon Robinson, the wife and daughter of Jackie Robinson, will be the Dodgers' guests of honor in tomorrow's tribute. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in MLB, will join the Robinsons along with Dodger owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Dodger Special Advisor Don Newcombe, Robinson's Brooklyn Dodger teammate.

The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive an adult replica Jackie Robinson jersey presented by Bank of America (image attached). All Dodger players and on-field personnel will wear Number 42. Jackie Robinson Day jeweled bases and lineup cards will also be a part of tomorrow's on-field commemoration. As presenting sponsor of the Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium, Bank of America will welcome civil rights icon, publisher and real estate entrepreneur Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. to throw the ceremonial first pitch.

A special pre-game ceremony will include Rachel and Sharon and 11 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and previous regional winners of the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life essay contest, which is run by MLB, Scholastic and Sharon Robinson. The winners of the 2016 Breaking Barriers essay contest, which marks the program's 20th anniversary, will be announced Monday, April 18. LADF currently funds eight, four-year Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships and enlists JRF scholars to mentor local middle school students at its annual BE42 mentoring day. LADF Executive Director Nichol Whiteman is a proud Jackie Robinson Scholar alumna.

This year marks the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson signing his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers' organization in 1945, which was the first step toward his eventual breaking of the color barrier on April 15, 1947. As has been a tradition each April 15th since 2009, MLB will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing Number '42' during that day's games.

MLB Network is televising extensive programming for Jackie Robinson Day. Leading up to the game, MLB Network will air coverage of Club commemorations plus several interviews with current and former players about Robinson's legacy, including Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, Dodger manager Dave Roberts, Chris Archer, Adam Jones and Brandon Phillips, as well as a new interview by Bob Costas with Newcombe. Finally, this week's episode of "Play Ball," MLB Network's new weekly series geared toward kids, will be dedicated to Robinson, including an introduction for the youth audience to Robinson's career, an interview by Harold Reynolds with Curtis Granderson filmed in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field, and a re-creation of Robinson stealing home plate in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series by Reynolds and fellow MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac inside MLB Network's Studio 42, named in honor of Robinson. Play Ball airs Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. ET on MLB Network.

MLB.com will have complete coverage of the day's events from each Major League ballpark with photographs, video highlights, interviews and stories from its Club beat and national reporters. Included in the coverage will be a special Jackie Robinson Day edition of the Edward Jones Chatting Cage on MLB.com at 4:00 p.m. EST, when fans will be able to talk live one-on-one with Roberts prior to the Giants-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium. Additionally, MLB.com will support Jackie Robinson Day events across MLB.com, the MLB.com At Bat app, Cut4.com, and through official MLB and Club accounts on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Jackie Robinson Day will be supported across social media again with its official hashtag - #Jackie42.

One number '42' jersey will be signed by each member of every Club and auctioned-off on MLB.com (mlb.mlb.com/42jersey), with the proceeds benefitting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The auction will be LIVE on Friday, April 15.

Robinson played his first Major League game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Major League Baseball has celebrated Jackie Robinson's legacy in an extensive and unified League-wide show of support through the years, including retiring his number throughout the Majors in 1997, dedicating April 15th as Jackie Robinson Day each year since 2004, and requesting that every player and all on-field personnel wear his Number 42 during games scheduled on Jackie Robinson Day since 2009. 

Major League Baseball aims to educate all fans about Jackie Robinson, his life's accomplishments and his legacy. For more information, please visit www.MLBCommunity.org.

DJ Adam will provide musical entertainment tomorrow in the right-field plaza from and a balloon artist and face painter will be on hand in the left-field plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions will take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items up for auction on tomorrow include a Joc Pederson autographed jersey, Kenta Maeda autographed baseball and Yasiel Puig autographed photo.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, John Muir High School baseball and softball teams will be in attendance tomorrow. John Muir, Robinson's alma mater, was presented with a newly renovated baseball field in March courtesy of the Dodgers, LADF and its partners and donors. Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball provides Los Angeles area underserved youth with a Dodger game experience courtesy of the Dodgers. Transportation to and from Dodger Stadium in a customized Dodger bus, tickets, a voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage and a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T-shirt are included.

The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Navy Petty Officer Damon J. Maddox of San Pedro. Maddox is a Los Angeles native, graduate of Compton High School and lifelong Dodger fan. He has served in the U.S. Navy for 18 years, including two deployments to the Persian Gulf.

Tomorrow, Jackie Robinson Day April 15

Media gates

2:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

3:10 p.m.

Roberts media session

3:40 p.m. (approximately)

Dodger batting practice

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

Auto gates

4:40 p.m.

Stadium gates

5:10 p.m.

Giants batting practice

5:25 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.

National anthem/ceremonial first pitch

6:57 p.m.

Game time

7:10 p.m.

The Dodgers take on the Giants at 6:10 p.m. Saturday. All auto gates open at 3:40 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 4:10 p.m. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a knit cap presented by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (image attached).

UFC fighter and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Paige Vanzant will throw the ceremonial first pitch and R&B singer Goapele will perform the national anthem. Everett Coast Band will be in the left-field reserve, Trip Band in the right-field reserve, DJ Adam in the right-field plaza and a balloon artist and face painter in the left-field plaza from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend of Irvine. Friend served in the U.S. Army, Army Air Corps and was a Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail Pilot. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1920 and earned a private pilot's license in 1940. At that time, the U.S. Army was not accepting applications for military flight training for non-whites. However, at the insistence of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and others, a program was established in Tuskegee, Alabama, to help African-Americans learn to fly U.S. Army aircraft. Friend applied in 1942 and was accepted as an air cadet in the program. After receiving his wings as a military pilot, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant then assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group stationed in the European Theatre of Operations, where he became the primary wing-man to Col. Benjamin O. Davis, the great U.S. Air Force general and commander of the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. Friend flew P-51s for nearly two years until the end of the war. He later earned a degree in astrophysics. After retiring from the Air Force, Friend became the assistant to the president at Fairchild Stratus Companies in Manhattan Beach, overseeing the design and production of space-shuttle products. He is currently executive vice president for the Stanford Mu Corporation, which produces primary space components for the International Space Station. In his spare time, he competes in national bridge tournaments.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 200 youth from Athletes in the Making in northeast Los Angeles and All Things are Possible Family Services with Pierce Parks Apartments in Pacoima will be in attendance. Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball provides Los Angeles area underserved youth with a Dodger game experience courtesy of the Dodgers. Transportation to and from Dodger Stadium in a customized Dodger bus, tickets, a voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage and a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T-shirt are included.

Saturday, April 16

Media gates

1:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

2:10 p.m.

Roberts media session

3:10 p.m. (approximately)

Dodger batting practice

3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Auto gates

3:40 p.m.

Stadium gates

4:10 p.m.

Giants batting practice

4:25 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

National anthem/ceremonial first pitch

5:57 p.m.

Game time

6:10 p.m.

The Dodgers conclude Opening Week and the series against the Giants at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. All auto gates open at 2:35 p.m. and all stadium gates open at 3:05 p.m. Viva Los Dodgers presented by State Farm and Time Warner Cable, now in its seventh season and held at the historic 76 station, will kick off Sunday at 3:05 p.m. Adrian Gonzalez will make a special appearance from approximately 3:15 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a chance to take a photo with Gonzalez. Blue Prints will provide one complimentary photo per family or group. Musical entertainment will be provided by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez and Los 5.

Dodger alumni Dennis Powell and Tommy Davis will also sign autographs at Sunday's Viva Los Dodgers. The Dodgers will also present a Community Hero Award to Lucia Diaz, CEO of the Mar Vista Community Center. Diaz has organized community clean ups, youth and parent conferences and community events through the west side of Los Angeles. 

Viva Los Dodgers takes place each Sunday of every homestand two hours prior to game. The season-long initiative celebrates Latino culture in Los Angeles and the legacy of Latino Dodgers past and present at a family-friendly pregame festival at the historic 76 station. The event is free with a game-day ticket. All Dodger fans are welcome. Complete details can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/viva and www.losdodgers.com/viva.

Los 5 will also present a pregame concert on top of the Dodger dugout. The band was chosen by Unified WBA/IBF middleweight world champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin who will throw Sunday's ceremonial first pitch.

The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Army Reserve Sergeant Gerald Reed of Bell. Reed has served for 11 years and is currently stationed in Bell as an AGR Soldier supporting the 349th Combat Support Hospital. Reed recently reenlisted for another six years and has been assigned multiple units including the 416th Engineering Company, the 367th MP Company, and the 377th MP who he supported during their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions will take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items up for auction Sunday include an Andre Ethier autographed jersey, Dave Roberts autographed baseball and Yasmani Grandal autographed photo.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers essay contest-winner Precious Rodriguez along with 60 of her classmates from Southridge Middle School in Fontana will be in attendance Sunday courtesy of the Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball program. Prior to the game, Sharon Robinson will present the essay contest award to Rodriguez. Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball provides Los Angeles area underserved youth with a Dodger game experience courtesy of the Dodgers. Transportation to and from Dodger Stadium in a customized Dodger bus, tickets, a voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage and a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T-shirt are included.

Sunday, April 17

Media gates

12:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

1:10 p.m.

Roberts media session

2:05 p.m. (approximately)

Dodger batting practice

2:20 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Auto gates

2:35 p.m.

Stadium gates

3:05 p.m.

Giants batting practice

3:25 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

National anthem/ceremonial first pitch

4:57 p.m.

Game time

5:05 p.m.

Uber is now the preferred ride of the Dodgers. With Uber, fans can get dropped off at any of the five entry gates during pregame. Once the game is over, fans can head to the dedicated Uber Zone in Lot 12 to meet their driver and be on their way in no time.

The Dodger Stadium Express offers two express services to Dodger Stadium: the Dodger Stadium Express Union Station and the Dodger Stadium Express South Bay. Dodger Stadium Express Union Station and Dodger Stadium Express South Bay services are free of charge with a Dodger game-day ticket. Dodger Stadium Express Union Station service will be provided every 10 minutes starting 90 minutes prior to the start of the game and runs approximately every 30 minutes throughout the game. Complete details on the Dodger Stadium Express services, route information and helpful tips from METRO can be found by visiting www.Metro.net/dodgers or by calling 323.GO.METRO.

Fans that choose to drive to Dodger Stadium are encouraged to participate in the Pre-Paid Parking Program presented by Jiffy Lube® by purchasing their parking in advance. Advance parking prices are $10 and parking at the gate is $20. To purchase your parking in advance, visit www.dodgers.com/parking.

Dodger fans can also look forward to three more promotional dates in April. Clayton Kershaw bobblehead presented by Security Benefit is the giveaway on Monday, April 25 (7:10 p.m. vs. Miami). Fans will receive a fleece blanket presented by LG on Wednesday, April 27 (7:10 p.m. vs. Miami). The final promotional night in April will be Saturday, April 30 (6:10 p.m. vs. San Diego) and fans will receive a Justin Turner Chia Pet presented by Cedars-Sinai.

Tickets for games against the Giants can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets or by calling 866-DODGERS.

The 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers Yearbook is on sale at all Dodger team stores and at www.dodgers.com/yearbook. This unique, 180-page publication offers a special 27-page tribute to the 10th anniversary of Clayton Kershaw signing with the Dodgers, a salute to Hall of Famer Vin Scully as he enters his 67th year behind the mic, a full preview of the 2016 season and much more.

The first 2016 issue of the new Dodger Insider magazine features Dave Roberts on the cover. Beginning this year, the Dodgers merged their previously separate Playbill and Dodger Insider magazines into one publication (at least 80 pages per issue) with a new edition available each homestand and one in October, 13 issues total. It will be distributed at autogates (one per vehicle) and via Fan Services for those who use alternate transportation. Fans that do attend games regularly, but still wish to subscribe can do so at www.dodgers.com/magazine. Dodger Insider magazine includes news, features, analysis, photos, games, stadium information and more.

iHeartMedia Los Angeles and the Dodgers broadcast all games on AM 570 LA Sports. All Dodger games in Spanish are broadcast on Univision 1020 KTNQ. Tomorrow's game will also be telecast on MLB Network. Sunday's contest will be ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" game.

SportsNet LA, the exclusive 24/7 TV network of the Los Angeles Dodgers, takes fans behind the scenes, and offers in-depth access into the organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. SportsNet LA will produce and televise 150 live regular season Dodger games in English and Spanish. The network is available on Time Warner Cable, Charter and Bright House Networks. Time Warner Cable customers in the Los Angeles area can watch live Dodger games and all of the original programming offered by SportsNet LA on channel 319 in high definition. Spanish-language Dodger game telecasts in high definition are available for Time Warner Cable customers on channel 324. SportsNet LA is available on Charter Spectrum TV Select, Charter's most widely subscribed top tier of service, on channel 44 SD/ 789 HD in the Los Angeles DMA, channel 44 SD / 773 HD in San Luis Obispo, and channel 44 SD in Porterville. SportsNet LA's Spanish-language game telecasts are also available to Charter customers. Bright House Networks customers can watch SportNet LA on channel 1107 HD/ 21 SD and the live Spanish-language game offerings for Bright House Networks customers is available on channel 632. For more information about SportsNet LA or to demand the network from your provider, visit www.sportsnetla.com. Follow the network on Twitter at @SportsNetLA, Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SportsNetLA and Instagram at @SportsNetLA.

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