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BECKER BLOGS BASEBALL


BECKER BLOGS BASEBALL
LOS ANGELES - 57,099.

Never have more fans crammed into Dodger Stadium to watch a Baseball game.

Not for Gibson. Not for Orel or Fernando.

Monday's opening day crowd of 57,099 is the largest ever in Dodger Stadium history - regular season or postseason.

The attendance - technically, tickets sold - surpassed the previous mark of 56,800 set during each of the three home playoff games against the Phillies last year in the National League Championship Series.

The Dodgers were able to set the record Monday due to the walk-up sale of "Standing Room Only" tickets available at the suite level, said Dodgers vice president of communications Josh Rawitch.

LARGEST SINGLE-GAME CROWDS

IN DODGER STADIUM HISTORY

1) 57,099, April 13, 2009 vs. Giants

2) 56,800, Oct. 15, 2008 vs. Phillies (NLCS

2) 56,800, Oct. 13, 2008 vs. Phillies (NLCS)

2) 56,800, Oct. 12, 2008 vs. Phillies (NLCS)

5) 56,293, Oct. 7, 2006 vs. Mets (NLDS)

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Dodgers CUT YOUNG

Outfielder Delwyn Young was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Monday in order to make room for infielder Juan Castro on the 40-man roster.

The Dodgers now have 10 days to trade him, place him on waivers or release him.

Young, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 draft, has spent his entire career in the Dodgers organization. He played at Riverside Community College during the 2001 season and helped the Tigers win a state championship.

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ADDED PRESSURE

As much as Angels pitcher Shane Loux would like to consider today's start against the Mariners just another spot in the rotation, the right-hander also knows the underlying elements at play.

Today would have been Nick Adenhart's turn on the hill.

"It's crossed my mind," Loux said. "But no - I'm not taking over or replacing him. It's where they slotted me in. I'm not looking at it like that."

Loux, who hasn't started a game in the major leagues since 2003, was slated to pitch Friday vs. the Red Sox. But the Angels shuffled their rotation following Thursday's tragedy.

To compensate, Loux threw a bullpen session Friday and played catch with bullpen catcher Steve Soliz on Sunday. Loux said the extra rest would not be a factor in his performance.

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RARE FEAT

Orlando Hudson's cycle was only the second in the 49-year history of Dodger Stadium. Angels shortstop Jim Fregosi accomplished the feat in 1964 in a game against the New York Yankees. Hudson's cycle was the first in the major leagues since Sept. 1, 2008, when Arizona's Stephen Drew and Seattle's Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle on the same day.

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BIG NUMBER

39 . . . Years since Wes Parker hit for the cycle, the last Dodgers player to do so before Orlando Hudson


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 15, 2009

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