Thursday, February 24, 2011
Sources: Dodgers to play benefit game
By Tony Jackson
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to add one more Cactus League game to their schedule to be played sometime in late March in Tucson, Ariz., to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund, two sources said on the condition of anonymity because the date of the game and the opponent haven't been announced.
One of those sources said the Dodgers will send a split squad to Tucson for the game on a day when the team already has another Cactus League game scheduled.
The game will be played at Kino Sports Complex, where the Arizona Diamondbacks held spring training for their entire 13-year history before moving this year to a new facility they share with the Colorado Rockies in Scottsdale.
The Diamondbacks already have announced a game with the Chicago White Sox -- who shared the Kino complex with them until moving into Camelback Ranch with the Dodgers two years ago -- on March 7. That game also will benefit the memorial fund set up for Dodgers scout John Green's 9-year-old daughter, who died from a gunshot wound suffered during the Jan. 8 shooting rampage outside a Tucson shopping center.
The Green family lives in Tucson.
Although the Rockies also trained in Tucson for the past 18 years before moving to Scottsdale this spring and were the only team other than the Diamondbacks and White Sox to train there during that time, one of the sources said the Rockies aren't the opponent the Dodgers have lined up for their game there.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.