8/23/2013 9:43 P.M. ET
Wilson ready for home debut at Dodger Stadium
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Brian Wilson has a World Series ring, so the Dodgers' newest reliever knows a good club when he sees one. And this Dodgers team has all ready made an impression on the former All-Star closer.
"When you talk about championship runs, usually it is a lot of luck involved and a lot of errorless baseball," said Wilson, who recorded the last out of the 2010 World Series with the Giants. "What I've been watching the past month or two is just dominating wins."
The Dodgers got hot long before Wilson signed as a free agent on July 30. Since June 22, Los Angeles is 45-10.
"Everybody is extremely comfortable in their environment," Wilson said. "They all know what they need to do, and they are consistent."
Wilson got his chance to get in on the fun Thursday in Miami, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in his first big league action since April 2011, before the right-hander required the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He said it was a good feeling to get that first appearance out of the way.
"It kind of proves your worth, so to speak," Wilson said. "I know the accolades and the resume that I might have had, and I guess that's kind of been wiped clean since surgery, which is totally fine with me."
One thing that hasn't been wiped clean is Wilson's beard, which isn't going anywhere, despite reports that a shaving company offered Wilson a large sum to shave it off.
"I would never consider doing that," he said.
As for his first game at Dodger Stadium as a member of the home team, the one-time rival said he wasn't sure what kind of reception he would receive.
"I'm used to getting booed here, and I used to love it," said Wilson, who chose No. 00. "Now that I'm double zero, maybe I'll get 'ooed.'"
Kemp improving as time to rehab runs short
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp had a productive day testing his sprained left ankle on Friday, and the Dodgers are holding out hope the outfielder can start a rehab assignment before Minor League seasons end the first week of September.
Kemp, on the disabled list for the third time this season, tested his ankle running and making turns. He also took a few rounds of early batting practice, with hitting coach Mark McGwire feeding the pitching machine.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly watched Kemp's workout and was encouraged by what he saw.
"They said that was the best he's ran," Mattingly said. "You still see a hitch now and then on certain steps and when he's slowing down. He's getting better, but he's not there yet."
Kemp said last week he wanted to play in a few rehab games, and there's still a chance that could happen.
"I'm hoping he can get in to a game or two," Mattingly said. "If not, we'll have to work something else out and set some stuff up."
Kemp injured his ankle in an awkward slide at the plate July 21 in Washington and has not played since. He's been limited to 62 games this season.
Mattingly reflects on history with Red Sox
LOS ANGELES -- The Red Sox had only been to Dodger Stadium for one series before Friday, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has plenty of history with the club from Boston.
Mattingly was a bitter rival of the Red Sox during his 14 seasons playing with the Yankees, and then coached against them in New York from 2004-07.
Of course, Mattingly conceded this Interleague matchup "is a lot different" than the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. But the manager did some reminiscing on Friday afternoon with Boston in town for a three-game series.
Mattingly said his favorite moment against the Red Sox was in 1986, when Boston outfielder Jim Rice went into the stands at Yankee Stadium to retrieve his cap, which was swiped from his head by a fan as Rice made a catch down the left-field line.
"Probably the best picture is Jim Rice running up into the stands for his hat," Mattingly said. "He was about 20 rows deep. That was funny. He was chugging up those stairs for that hat."
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.