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Dodger notebook: Dodgers remember Fernando Valenzuela

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of Fernando Valenzuela's first Major League start. The lefty started 8-0 in 1981 and won the Cy Young Award.
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Today finds your Dodgers with 6-3 record, a half-game behind the division-leading San Francisco Giants.

If you have a sombrero… It wasn’t the day that Vin Scully told Dodger fans to “throw it to the sky”, but today marks the anniversary of Fernando Valenzuela’s first big league start. He began 8-0 in 1981 on his way to a Cy Young Award and championship season.

Wishing Josh the best… Josh Beckett was activated from the DL before tonight’s game. Click here to see the corresponding roster move. It’s Beckett’s first Major League start since May 13, 2013. In eight starts last season, Beckett went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA.

You haven’t seen this before… Los Angeles collected seven hits in Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Giants. While the total is unremarkable, the fact that all seven went for extra bases is. The feat established a modern day franchise record for most his without a single.

Joc’s the MAN… Baseball America ranks outfielder Joc Pederson as the Dodgers’ Number 1 prospect. Last night he homered – his third in four games – and is hitting .471 with seven runs scored and a .571 on-base percentage this season.

Keep it rolling… The Dodgers won 12 of 20 in Interleague Play last year, earning their first winning record against he American League since 2004. With last night’s win over the Tigers, the Dodgers are working to continue the trend.

Not the best way to spend a birthday… A.J. Ellis turns 33 today. Yesterday he was placed on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. The birthday lasts only one day; his stint on the DL is expected to last four to six weeks.

On deck… After tonight’s game with Detroit, the Dodgers have a travel day before opening a three-game set in Arizona.

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The article’s author, Jim Smiley welcomes your email feedback. Read more about Jim in part one and part two of an exclusive interview about his baseball experience.

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