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Ten-game homestand starts July 25
07/24/2008 4:03 PM ET
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers return to Los Angeles on Friday for the first homestand of the second half of the season and will take on the Washington Nationals (July 25-27), San Francisco Giants (July 28-30), and Arizona Diamondbacks (July 31-Aug. 3). The Dodgers continue to duel with the Diamondbacks for first place in the National League West and tomorrow's game kicks off back-to-back 10-game homestands, marking the team's longest stints of the season at Dodger Stadium.

This homestand also marks the return of the Dodgers Trolley, a shuttle service that will run from Union Station to Dodger Stadium and back for every home game for the remainder of the Dodgers' season. More information about the trolley can be found below, or at www.dodgers.com/trolley.

On Sunday, July 27, fans that purchase field, loge or reserve level tickets as part of the "Free Ride" promotion can redeem their vouchers for a $10 gas certificate. "Free Ride" tickets can still be purchased online at www.dodgers.com/freeride, by calling 1-866-DODGERS, or at the Dodgers' Box Office.

July 31-Aug. 2 is '80s weekend at Dodger Stadium, and the Dodgers will celebrate the fourth decade in Dodger history in the continued season-long celebration of the team's 50th anniversary in Los Angeles. Dodger legends including Tommy Lasorda, Bill Madlock, Tim Leary, Kenny Landreaux, Jerry Reuss, Bobby Castillo, Terry Whitfield, Rudy Law and Derrel Thomas will all take part in a meet-and-greet luncheon on Saturday and will he honored before Saturday's game.

The Dodgers will play host to various celebrities throughout the homestand as well, including actress Nicollette Sheridan ("Desperate Housewives"), Los Angeles Clipper Baron Davis, actress Tichina Arnold ("Everybody Loves Chris"), the top four dance crews from MTV's "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew," and numerous Olympic athletes. Olympic gymnasts, beach volleyball players, and divers will all be honored during pregame ceremonies.

Promotions throughout the homestand include 50th Anniversary Autograph Day on Sunday, July 27 and Dodger cooler bags, presented by ampm, on Friday, August 1. Children age 14 and under will receive baseball cards on Topps Tuesday, July 29, Universal Studios Hollywood ticket vouchers on Saturday, August 2, and Dodger Build-A-Bears, presented by Farmer John, on Sunday, August 3.

HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS:

Friday, July 25, 2008 - 7:40 p.m.vs. Washington Nationals
Friday kicks off the first day of the return of the Dodgers Trolley, presented by the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Dodgers are encouraging fans to "Think Blue, Act Green" by utilizing the new Dodgers Trolley for free round trip service between Union Station and Dodger Stadium. Shuttle service starts on Friday and will continue for every home game for the rest of the 2008 season. The route begins at Union Station., where shuttles connect to the MTA Red, Purple, and Gold Lines, as well as Metrolink and Amtrak. A shuttle will leave Union Station approximately every ten minutes and will drop passengers off behind center field at Dodger Stadium. The shuttle will run the same route in reverse after the game and will also make stops at Figueroa Street and Marion Avenue on Sunset along its route. For more information, fans can call 323-224-1507 or visit www.dodgers.com/trolley.

Outfielder Derrel Thomas, who played for the Dodgers from 1979-83 and was a member of the 1981 World Series team, will sign autographs and pose for photos for fans in Autograph Alley before the game along with the 1981 World Series trophy. Autograph Alley opens to fans two hours before the game at 5:40 p.m.

The Dodgers will honor members of the men's and women's beach volleyball teams before Friday's game and Misty May-Treanor, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, Sean Rosenthal, and Nicole Branagh will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. May-Treanor, who is originally from Los Angeles, is the defending Olympic gold medalist along with her partner Kerri Walsh, and the duo of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers are the 2007 world champions and the top-ranked American men's team.

The first 50,000 fans in attendance at Friday's game will receive a Brad Penny bobblehead, presented by Cacique, and first season American Idol alum Justin Guarini will sing the National Anthem prior to the game.

Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 7:10 p.m.vs. Washington Nationals
The Dodgers will continue their tribute to Olympians on Saturday by honoring a former Olympic gymnast and two United States Olympic divers before the game. Mohini Bhardwaj, the captain of the women's 2004 Olympic Gymnastic team, will throw out a ceremonial pitch, as will current Olympic diver Troy Dumais. Bhardwaj attended UCLA and won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and is the only Indian-American gymnast to ever medal in the Olympic games. Dumais, who is from Ventura, California and won the men's 3-meter competition at Olympic Trials, and Wilkinson, who won the women's 10-meter at Trials, will both be members of their third Olympic teams this summer.

Andruw Jones will host a group of 40 children during batting practice before Saturday's game as part of his personal community iniatiative, Druw's Crew. Children from Peace Over Violence, a social service agency dedicated to building healthy family and community relationships, will all get to take pictures and get autographs with Jones and will receive dinner and a T-shirt courtesy of Panda Express.

Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 1: 10 p.m. vs. Washington Nationals
Fans who purchase a ticket to Sunday's game through the "Free Ride" promotion will all receive a $10 gas certificate, courtesy of 76. "Free Ride" tickets can be purchased online at www.dodgers.com/freeride, by calling 1-866-DODGERS, or at the Dodgers' Box Office. Redemption vouchers will be provided upon purchase of qualifying tickets and can be exchanged at the stadium on July 27, or any subsequent day at the stadium offices during regular business hours, for $10 gas certificates redeemable at all participating 76, Conoco and Phillips 66 stations. Fifty-year partner 76 is one of the Dodgers' original partners.

Sunday is also 50th Anniversary Autograph Day presented by McDonald's, and children 14 and under will be able to get autographs from current and former Dodgers at select locations inside the stadium before the game. Parking and stadium gates will open at 11:10 a.m.

Monday, July 28, 2008 - 7:10 p.m. vs. San Francisco Giants
Monday is Japanese Community Night at Dodger Stadium, and the Japanese-American community will be honored during the evening's pregame ceremonies. The Nisei Week court will be introduced on the field, Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu will give a karate demonstration, and Consul General of Japan Junichi Ihara will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Fans can come early to try out to be a contestant on the popular television show "Deal or No Deal" prior to Monday's game. Casting will take place in Lot B starting at 5:30 p.m.

Actress Nicollette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the game. Dodger legend and broadcaster Rick Monday will also sign copies of his book, "Rick Monday's Tales from the Dodger Dugout" for fans at the Book Nook, which is located near Autograph Alley in the center field area. Monday will sign for fans from 5:10 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 7:10 p.m. vs. San Francisco Giants
Tuesday is the first day of the second session of Youth Baseball Camp, hosted by the Dodgers and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation. Throughout the week, more than 135 boys and girls will receive daily instruction from current and former Dodgers and coaches. The camp will run from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and all proceeds will go to the Dodgers Dream Foundation.

Fernando Valenzuela will host 40 children from the City of San Fernando Explorer program during batting practice on Tuesday as part of his Amigos de Fernando program. The Explorer program teaches responsibility and leadership skills to young people while providing insight into the workings of the Police Department. Each Explorer will get to take pictures and get autographs with Fernando and will receive dinner and a T-shirt courtesy of Panda Express.

Joel McHale, the host of the E! Channel's "The Soup," will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and children age 14 and under will received free baseball cards as part of Topps Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 7:10 p.m. vs. San Francisco Giants
Wednesday is Disability Awareness Night at Dodger Stadium. Before the game, Exceptional Parent magazine will honor Dina C. Kaplan and Ann Snowhook for their extraordinary inspiration and contributions to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Kaplan created a non-profit organization called The K.E.N. Project (Kids with Special Needs) that is dedicated to providing information, support, and advocacy training for people with special needs children and Snowhook has been an advocate for autism support for more than 50 years and was influential in creating legislation that provides services and support to the families of autistic children.

Charter Oak Gym is playing host to its 31st Annual Gymnastics Night at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, and gymnasts age 3-16 from Charter Oak, Gymnastikids, The Klub Gymnastics, and the Burbank YMCA will perform on the field prior to the game.

Recent Los Angeles Clippers signee and UCLA graduate Baron Davis will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

James Loney will host a group of children for his personal community initiative, Loney's Lounge, before the game. Kids from Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) - Los Angeles, a program of which Loney is an alum, will get to watch batting practice and meet Loney and will get to watch the game from the Dodgers' new Baseline Box Club seats.

The four remaining crews from the hit MTV show "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" will perform on Wednesday, both before and during the game. The pre-game performance will take place at approximately 6:40 p.m. and the in-game dances will occur in the middle of and at the conclusion of the 2nd inning.

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
A group of 40 kids from the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights will be at Thursday's game as part of Matt Kemp's community program, Kemp's Kids. Founded in 1949, Variety provides social, athletic, and educational support for young people. Each kid will receive a T-shirt and dinner, courtesy of Panda Express, and will get to watch batting practice and get Kemp's autograph.

Thousands of people from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be in attendance at Thursday's game, and representatives from the group will sing the National Anthem and throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been coming to Dodger Stadium as a group for more than 30 years.

Friday, August 1, 2008 - 7:40 p.m. vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Juan Pierre will host 40 children from the After-School All-Stars-Los Angeles (ASAS-LA) before Friday's game. Each kid will receive a T-shirt and dinner, courtesy of Panda Express, and will get to watch batting practice and get Pierre's autograph. ASAS-LA is a middle school after-school program provider that educates, enlightens, and inspires thousands of youth at 16 middle schools in at-risk areas throughout LA County.

Actress Tichina Arnold from the popular sitcom "Everybody Loves Chris" will sing the National Anthem and comedian and talk-show host Adam Carolla will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The first 50,000 fans at Friday's game will receive cooler bags, presented by ampm.

Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Chad Billingsley will host a group of children from Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and their families on Saturday on the inaugural day of his personal community initiative, Chad's Champs. Children will get a t-shirt and dinner, courtesy of Panda Express and will get to watch batting practice and spend time with Chad on the field. Billingsley will visit with patients at the new Mattel Children's Hospital this Monday, July 28 from 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

The Dodgers will celebrate the 1980s on Saturday, and throughout the weekend, during their continued celebration of the six decades in Dodger history. Several Dodger legends, including Tommy Lasorda, Bill Madlock, Tim Leary, Kenny Landreaux, Jerry Reuss, Bobby Castillo, Terry Whitfield, Rudy Law and Derrel Thomas will all be present at a special meet-and-greet luncheon on Saturday to honor the decade. The event will run from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and will take place in the Stadium Club. Limited tickets are available, and they can be purchased by calling (323) 224-1507 or emailing fanfeedback@ladodgers.com. Dodger legends from the 1980s will also be honored during the evening's pregame ceremonies.

All children age 14 and under will receive a Universal Studios Hollywood kids ticket voucher at Friday's game and characters from the popular television show "The Simpsons" will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 1:10 p.m. vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Dodgers will continue their celebration of the 1980s on Sunday and several legends from the decade will sign autographs for fans in Autograph Alley before the game. They will also pose for pictures with the 1981 and 1988 World Series trophies.

The first 15,000 children 14 and under will receive Dodger Build-A-Bears, presented by Farmer John.

Nomar Garciaparra will host his second Carne Asada Sunday of the season, presented by Cacique, following the game. The event will include a live mariachi band from Baldwin Park's Guadalajara Grill, food, and beverages and each attendee will receive an autographed photo of the shortstop. Tickets to Carne Asada Sunday are on sale now for a $50 donation to Dodgers Dream Foundation. Fans must also hold a game ticket for the August 3 game and can secure their spot for the event online at www.dodgers.com/carneasada. Seating is limited to 200 and is nearly sold out. Carne Asada Sunday will be held at the Loge Terrace following the game.

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