First-Place Dodgers Take On San Diego Tomorrow Through Sunday

LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers conclude their second homestand of the season with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres tomorrow, April 29 (RHP Cesar Vargas vs. LHP Alex Wood), Saturday, April 30 (RHP Colin Rea vs. RHP Ross Stripling) and Sunday, May 1 (LHP Drew Pomeranz vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw). Tomorrow's contest against San Diego 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 time is 6:10 p.m. with auto gates opening at 3:40 p.m. and stadium gates at 4:10 p.m. The final game of the series against the Padres Sunday takes place at 1:10 p.m. with auto gates opening at 10:40 a.m. and stadium gates at 11:10 a.m. Tickets for games tomorrow through Sunday are available and can be purchased by calling 866-DODGERS or by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets.

Steelers wide receiver and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Antonio Brown will throw the ceremonial first pitch tomorrow and will also officially start the game with "It's time for Dodger baseball!" alongside his "Dancing with the Stars" partner Sharna Burgess. Aimee Garcia, known for her role on "The George Lopez Show" and now playing Sergeant Didi Diaz in the new CBS show "Rush Hour," will perform the national anthem. DJ Adam will provide musical entertainment in the right-field plaza and Hair Feathers will be in the left-field plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Fans are invited onto the field for Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's immediately following tomorrow's game. Tomorrow's show will pay tribute to Prince and will be set to Prince's greatest hits. 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.

The Dodgers will celebrate the 6th annual Catholic Schools Night tomorrow. Dodger broadcaster Nomar Garciaparra, alumnus of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower and St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary School in Whittier, will throw the ceremonial first pitch for Catholic Schools Night. Garciaparra's high school math teacher, Patrick McMorrow, and St. Mary's Principal Marisabel Ortiz-Lopez will accompany Garciaparra on the field for the pregame ceremonies. More than 3,000 students, parents and teachers from more than 25 schools throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will be in attendance tomorrow.

The Archdiocese is committed to making Catholic education a possibility for all families through the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF), which provides tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students. In 2015, CEF provided $12.9 million to help fund the Catholic educations of more than 9,800 elementary and high school students from families living at or below the poverty line. Students receiving CEF assistance have a graduation rate of 98 percent and a college attendance rate of 98 percent. Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese serve nearly 80,000 students in 270 schools in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. The Archdiocese opened its first schools in the 1850s. Its schools pride themselves on welcoming students from a range of financial realities and diverse backgrounds. Through a faith-based education, students receive the tools for success in college and in their future careers focused on a commitment to service to their local and global communities.

The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Army Sgt. 1st class Alejandro Alatorre of San Bernardino who currently works as an Army recruiter for the Los Angeles battalion. His accolades include a 2008 Southern California Recruiter of the Year award, Combat Action Badge, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Good Conduct Medals, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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

 

Tomorrow, April 29

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.

Padres 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 Padres 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 Justin Turner chia pet presented by Cedars-Sinai.

Kevin Barron, 7, who just completed his second treatment for leukemia at Cedars-Sinai, will throw an honorary first pitch. Kevin was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia at Cedars-Sinai. His cancer returned last year, and he just completed a grueling, three-month round of chemotherapy. After the pitch, Kevin and his family will watch the game from the Lexus Dugout Club along with members of Kevin's healthcare team. Justin Turner has visited patients at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center several times in the past few years. Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, record producer and engineer Eric Bellinger will perform the national anthem.

DJ Adam will provide musical entertainment in the right-field plaza, airbrush face painting will be offered in the left-field plaza and the Smokin Cobras band will provide musical entertainment in the right-field reserve from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 300 youngsters from Operation Jumpstart in Long Beach, LEAD in Lincoln Heights, St. Agathas Church Folklorico Group in mid-city and Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter in South L.A. 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.

The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Marines E4 Corporal Keith Jenkins of Westchester who has served in the U.S. Marines for 10 years. Jenkins served as part of the Marine Security Detachment assigned to the U.S. Naval Magazine in Guam from 1984-1986. He deployed with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines on West-Pac deployments from 1986-1988. He also served as a marksmanship instructor for marine recruits at Edison Range Camp Pendleton. During Desert Storm, Corporal Jenkins served in the 9th Marine Regiment as part of the S3 in the Regimental Headquarters, providing logistical support as units deployed from Okinawa, Japan. His accolades include being a 10th award Expert Marksman and receiving the Navy Achievement Medal. Jenkins has worked in fulltime ministry for 20 years and is lead pastor of New LifeLA in Los Angeles.

 

Saturday, April 30

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.

Padres 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 their second homestand of the season and the series against the Padres at 1:10 p.m. Sunday. The first 15,000 ticketed kids 14 and under in attendance will receive a kids replica Corey Seager jersey presented by Hi-Chew. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who is also a 10-time world champion in six different weight classes, an Olympic gold medalist and an International Boxing Hall of Famer, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Moya Angela, star of the six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Dreamgirls" will perform the national anthem. Irving Piken, a longtime Dodger fan who will be celebrating his 107th birthday, will officially start the game with "It's time for Dodger baseball!"

All auto gates open at 10:40 a.m. and all stadium gates open at 11:10 a.m. Viva Los Dodgers presented by State Farm and Time Warner Cable, takes place at 11:10 a.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Sonsoles and El Tropi Corillo. A classic car show with vehicles provided by the ID agency will also take place Sunday. Dodger alumni Al Ferrara and Kenny Landreaux will also sign autographs at Sunday's Viva Los Dodgers from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. De La Hoya will make a special appearance for an on-stage interview at Viva Los Dodgers.

The Dodgers will also present a Community Hero Award to Maria Jimenez-Torres, executive director of Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center. With nearly 30 years of community service at Plaza, Maria has helped provide affordable after-school cultural arts classes and has organized community festivals and special events for thousands of low-income families in Lincoln Heights and its surrounding neighborhoods.

Viva Los Dodgers takes place each Sunday of every homestand two hours prior to the 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.

The Dodgers will host a youth baseball and softball parade Sunday. Teams are invited to parade the field prior to the game in uniform. The Dodgers will play host to two more parades this season Sunday, May 15 and Sunday, June 5. Please visit www.dodgers.com/teamdays for more details.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 400 youngsters from Jackie Tatum Harvard Recreation Center in South L.A., Van Nuys High School and LAPD Community Youth Activities League at Pueblo del Rio in Central L.A. 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.

The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Navy E-5 Second Class Petty Officer Daniel Contreras of Hacienda Heights. Contreras joined the Navy in July 2010 and served for five years on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in Norfolk, VA. While serving on the Eisenhower, he was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012 and 2013. Contreras was awarded Sailor of the Quarter for the Engineering department on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Navy and Marine Corps achievement Medal. He is currently stationed at Assault Craft Unit 5, Camp Pendleton Marine Base, in Oceanside.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items up for auction Sunday include a Corey Seager autographed jersey, Scott Van Slyke autographed baseball and Kenley Jansen autographed photo.

 

Sunday, May 1

Media gates

9:10 a.m.

Dodger batting practice

9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

9:40 a.m.

Roberts media session

11:00 a.m. (approximately)

Auto gates

10:40 a.m.

Padres batting practice

10:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Stadium gates

11:10 a.m.

National anthem/ceremonial first pitch

12:57 p.m.

Game time

1:10 p.m.

 

SportsNetLA telecasts all games. 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.

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.

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 in his 67th year behind the mic, a full preview of the 2016 season and much more.

The second 2016 issue of the new Dodger Insider magazine, featuring Justin Turner on the cover, is available at Dodger Stadium. 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 auto gates (one per vehicle) and via Fan Services for those who use alternate transportation. Fans who 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.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) has launched a number of new and continued fundraisers for the 2016 season, giving fans an opportunity to support programs that benefit children and families in Los Angeles. For the first time ever in-stadium merchandise stores (Top of The Park and Left Field Stores) carry a 47 Brand LADF Logo Tee. Fans can also contribute by donating their RV, truck, motorcycle or cars by visiting www.dodgers.com/VehicleDonation. Ribbon-board messages are available for all home games for a $75 donation. Registration for the New Balance Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 5K and 10K Run and Kids Fun Run, presented by Gazillion Bubbles, to take place on Sunday, October 2 at Dodger Stadium is now live at www.dodgers.com/RUN. For more information on camp, all LADF programs and fundraising activity and to subscribe to the newsletter please visit www.dodgers.com/LADF and follow LADF on social media: Twitter (@DodgersFdn), Instagram (@dodgersfoundation) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/LosAngelesDodgersFoundation).

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.