LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo had what is expected to be his final Minor League rehab appearance Sunday, a perfect six-pitch inning for Class A Inland Empire.Facing Modesto, Kuo pitched the seventh inning. He had one three-pitch strikeout, a flyout to center field and a lineout to right field. If Kuo comes out of the appearance with no physical setbacks, he's expected to be on the Dodgers' flight to Cincinnati on Monday and activated for Tuesday's opener against the Reds.
Manny sits another day with tight calf
LOS ANGELES -- Outfielder Manny Ramirez was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game Sunday with a tight right calf muscle, but manager Joe Torre said Ramirez was available for pinch-hitting and would likely start the opener of a nine-game trip Tuesday night in Cincinnati."He's better. He's pinch-hittable," Torre said. "With the off-day tomorrow, we'll take advantage of that and we hope by Tuesday it will be all gone." Ramirez was removed from Friday night's game with the injury, which Torre said first surfaced last week in Pittsburgh. "I talked to Stan [Conte, head athletic trainer] and as much as we'd like to have him in there, it's still important in April to do the right thing," Ramirez was replaced in left field Sunday by Reed Johnson. Torre also sat left-handed hitters James Loney and Blake DeWitt with the Giants starting left-hander Barry Zito. Ronnie Belliard started at first base for Loney and Jamey Carroll started at second base for DeWitt. Loney is 1-for-20 with six strikeouts lifetime against Zito. DeWitt is 1-for-5. Belliard is 11-for-34 with a home run and Carroll 8-for-21.
Scully celebrates broadcasting anniversary
LOS ANGELES -- Sunday marked the 60th anniversary of Vin Scully's first broadcast with the Dodgers, alongside Red Barber and Connie Desmond."I'm just extremely grateful to be here," said Scully, 82. "God has been very kind, that's the No. 1 feeling." Scully, considered one of the greatest broadcasters in sports history, has previously discussed retirement but has not made his plans beyond 2010 known. "What does that take us to, 1950?" Dodgers manager Joe Torre said of Scully's first year. "1950, I'm 10 years old. I didn't think I was ever 10 years old. I think it's just the steadiness of what he did -- I think you appreciate it as a manager when a player goes out there, he doesn't do spectacular things, but he's there for you all the time at a high level. And that's Vin Scully for me."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.