03/30/07 11:56 PM ET
Notes: Garciaparra gives twins update
New father recounts events surrounding Hamm's labor
By Ted Brock / Special to MLB.com
"He just got a little headache," Little said. "He's fine. We weren't going to use him in the game tonight anyway."Speaking with reporters late Thursday night, Lieberthal said the crash was "one of the four or five hardest I've had in my career." The question persisted about whether Gorneault's aggressiveness was appropriate in an exhibition game. Little expanded on the diplomatic answer he gave on Thursday night. "If I've got 25 people, I want them all to play hard," was Little's nod to the opposition. The jackpot question got him going: How did he like this year's Dodgers, and what would be the key to their success? "We like our team," he said, "but we understand a lot of people like their teams right now. To be successful, we've got to play well for 162 games. ... It's pretty much like last year: We'll go as far as our pitching will take us. "Our pitching, on paper, looks good -- we've got to do it." Naturally, that brought up the addition of right-hander Jason Schmidt, Little's starter on Friday night. "I liked him before we got him," Little said. "Everyone knows what he's capable of doing. I'm sure he's had better springs. ... Once he's got the ball in his hand, he keeps it for a long time. We feel we have a number of guys like that." The voice of spring: Timing is Vin Scully's forte, so it figured he'd be strolling through the Dodgers dugout just as Little wrapped up his session with the media. Scully revealed he'll be at the mic when the Dodgers open the season in Milwaukee on Monday. That's news, because he seldom joins the club east of the Rocky Mountains. What's not news, though, is his eagerness to put Spring Training in the rearview mirror. "To me, Spring Training has always been an endless rehearsal," said the announcer, who joined the Dodgers in 1950 as part of a team that included the legendary Red Barber. "I'm going to quote [longtime Washington Post baseball columnist] Thomas Boswell, who wrote a book called 'Why Time Begins on Opening Day,'" Scully said. "I know I'll get goose bumps when the crowd roars. I'll get goose bumps, and I'll know it's begun." Up next: The Freeway Series heads down I-5 on Saturday for Game 3 at Angel Stadium. Dodgers right-hander Brad Penny and Angels left-hander Joe Saunders will write the coda to Spring Training, beginning at 6:05 p.m. PT.
Ted Brock is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.