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Everything Normal at Dodger Stadium

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These are quiet days at Dodger Stadium.

Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, fined and suspended Clayton Kershaw for five games and manager Joe Torre for one game for Kershaw’s beaning of Aaron Rowand to lead off the seventh inning in last night’s 7-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Additionally bench coach Bob Schaefer was suspended and fined for one game for coming onto the field in the bottom of the sixth inning and other “inappropriate actions” after Russell Martin was backed off the plate twice by Giants’ reliever Denny Bautista. Kershaw is appealing his suspension which will not go into effect until the appeals process is completed. Torre will serve his suspension tonight, and Schaefer will serve his tomorrow night.

“I really don’t have anything to say guys,” Kershaw said when he saw a gaggle of reporters gathering around him.

When asked if he’s surprised about the suspension, Kershaw continued to hedge, “Can’t say either way.”

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Last night marked Kershaw’s first ejection in the Major Leagues and this suspension is his first for any level.

Kershaw did admit that he heard the crowd’s ovation last night. “It was great,” he said.

Of everything that went down last night, the thing that concerned Torre the most was the amount of warm-up tosses reliever George Sherrill received in the aftermath of acting manager Don Mattingly’s “double-visit” in the ninth inning last night.

“The thing that bothered me the most was the Sherrill thing only because it’s a dangerous thing when you have a pitcher pitch without getting loose,” Torre said.

However the biggest debate was about whether closer Jonathan Broxton should have been given the hook as a result of the “double-visit.” According to the official rules section 8.06:

In a case where a manager has made his first trip to the mound and then returns the second time to the mound in the same inning with the same pitcher in the game and the same batter at bat, after being warned by the umpire that he cannot return to the mound, the manager shall be removed from the game and the pitcher required to pitch to the batter until he is retired or gets on base. After the batter is retired, or becomes a base runner, then this pitcher must be removed from the game. The manager should be notified that his pitcher will be removed from the game after he pitches to one hitter, so he can have a substitute pitcher warmed up.

The issue of whether Torres stepped into the batter’s box is moot.

“It’s his turn, he’s in the game,” Torre clarified. “It was the second trip while the guy was due up.”

Torre said he was made aware by Watson this morning of this rule and that Broxton should have been able to pitch to Andres Torres with Mattingly being ejected.

“It sounded like I was supposed to get tossed,” Mattingly said.

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Regardless Mattingly took the blame for his “double-visit.”

“I still made the mistake,” Mattingly said. “That’s what I have to deal with. I worry about the mistake that I made and not really concern myself with after the fact trying to point fingers at somebody else.”

So now is probably the appropriate time to say that hitting coach Don Mattingly will be the acting manager for tonight’s final game against the Giants (talk about burying the lede.)

“I said to Donnie, ‘You’re managing tonight,’” Torre said. “He said, ‘You’re sure?’”

More Roster Moves As predicted the Dodgers made a roster move to send third-string catcher AJ Ellis back down to AAA Albuquerque and relief pitcher Jack Taschner up to the Dodgers for the first time in his career.

“We needed an arm down there,” Torre said about adding a relief pitcher. “I just decided since our bullpen needs the most shoring up at this point.”

In an effort to shore things up James McDonald will be going to the bullpen, however he will not be available tonight. This will leave the fifth starter’s spot open.

“We’ll figure out who’s pitching on Saturday and let you know tomorrow,” Torre said. Whomever it is it will come from inside the organization Torre added eliminating the option of a trade. Among the names that came up were Carlos Monasterios, John Ely and Claudio Vargas.

The left-handed Taschner, who has pitched for the Giants from 2005 to 2008, Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 and Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, was signed by the Dodgers as a free agent to a minor league contract on June 27 after refusing an outright assignment to the minor leagues by the Pirates. In 17 games this season he has notched a 6.05 ERA in 19 1/3 innings pitched with 17 strike outs, eight walks and three homers. He has a career 5.19 ERA coming exlusively out of the bullpen.

Also expect a move sending a pitcher down to AAA for an outfielder in the next day or so.