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ESPN offers apology for blacked

SAN DIEGO >> ESPN apologized Monday for a misunderstanding about its plans to black out or show alternative programming instead of the Dodgers season opener at San Diego. game Monday with the call of Vin Scully, who is starting what he believes will be his final season.

Many who do not have TWC or Charter and planned to watch the game on ESPN took to social media to vent frustration. The public outcry adds to the long running dismay that TWC, the distributors of SNLA, has failed to get the channel on services like DirecTV, AT Cox, Comcast or Verizon FiOS.

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SNLA starts the third season of carrying live Dodgers games with less than 60 percent of the city able to access the channel.

ESPN, however, had been promoting for weeks that it would carry this game as part of its Monday Opening Day schedule, with the top broadcast team of Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza.

The game was shown live to the San Diego TV market.

Those with TWC and Charter also were not able to see the Dodgers Padres on their ESPN feed.

Lon Rosen, the Dodgers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, said Monday that ESPN has the option to lift a blackout in a local market once a season but decided not to for this game. He said the team did know about the blackout being in effect for this opener. The Dodgers official website, which is programmed by MLB, showed that both SNLA and ESPN would be televising the game, which also led to confusion.

Meanwhile, the Angels home opener against the Chicago Cubs from Angel Stadium on Monday night was to air live on ESPN2, in competition with Fox Sports West. The network, however, decided to black it out in Chicago on ESPN2.

Batting first.

Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley had been in eight Opening Day lineups before Monday, but he never batted leadoff.

That changed Monday with a right handed pitcher on the mound for the San Diego Padres in Tyson Ross. The left handed swinging Utley became the first player to bat for the Dodgers in 2016.

talked to Chase a couple days ago that this might be a possibility and I shot him a cheap jerseys text message yesterday just to confirm that he going to hit leadoff, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. done it before and had some success. It just to get him the extra at bats. Sometimes you get a guy at second base with two outs. He a guy that driven in runs so I trust him in that spot.

Roberts wouldn go so far as to describe the 37 year old veteran hitting first as an

It only feels that way.

Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford have all led off regularly in the past, and all three were in the lineup Monday at Petco Park. Roberts said in March that the Dodgers didn have a prototypical leadoff hitter on their projected 25 man roster. So, with no obvious alternative at least in the manager mind it stands to reason that Utley can either play his way into or out of the role long term.

Utley had led off a game 11 times before in a career that began in April 2003. http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ He had a total of two hits. This game went better than the first 11: He led off the game with a double and finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

me the only difference is you the first batter of the game, Utley said. still trying to put good at bats together no matter where you hitting in the lineup. Dodgers don expect to face a left handed starter until Saturday, when Madison Bumgarner is slated to pitch for the San Francisco Giants. Utley might have some time to get used to the role. Kendrick is on the 15 day disabled list with a strained left calf muscle.

Kendrick is scheduled to take part in live batting practice in the coming days, and Roberts remains that he be ready for the home opener. The Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks a week from Tuesday, the first day Kendrick is eligible to be activated.

Roberts is also hopeful that catcher Yasmani Grandal, who is on the 15 day disabled list with a sore right forearm, can be ready in time for the home opener.

Hyun Jin Ryu is scheduled to throw his first live batting practice of the season either Thursday or Friday, Roberts said. Last week, Roberts said this would take place Thursday for sure, but Ryu hasn had a setback in his shoulder rehab.

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