Dodgers Web musings: It's a running start
An aggressive looking Dodgers has the Web wondering:
-- The Times' Dylan Hernandez said after two games that Matt Kemp looks like a different player.
-- Hernandez also pegs the Dodgers' opening-day payroll at $95 million (with another $15 million in deferred payments), a significant increase from last year’s $85-million starting figure.
-- ESPN/LA’s Tony Jackson said new base-running coach Davey Lopes' fingerprints are all over the Dodgers, maybe more than Don Mattingly’s.
-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick also credits Lopes for the Dodgers’ early success on the bases.
-- Gurnick also writes that despite the progress of Casey Blake with his sore back, the Dodgers don’t want to rush his return.
-- The Orange County Register’s Mark Whicker says the buzz is missing from this year’s Dodgers.
-- Baseball Savvy’s Howard Cole has a new Dodgers blog up for the Orange County Register. The more the merrier. It's oddly named Dodgers Blog. Where have I heard that highly original name before?
-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman visits with ex-Dodger Orel Hershiser.
-- The Daily Breeze’s Joe Haakenson said Mattingly appreciates a good rivalry but is disappointed that some fans take it too far.
-- True Blue LA’s Chad Moriyama takes a look at the early defense of Marcus Thames.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is safe at second with a stolen base against the Giants in the season opener Thursday. Credit: Christina House / For The Times