MLB Notebook: Dodgers trade away new manager's son
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A little more than a week after promoting Don Mattingly to be their next manager, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded his son.
Los Angeles sent Preston Mattingly to the Cleveland Indians Sunday for Roman Pena in a swap of minor league outfielders.
Don Mattingly, the Dodgers' current hitting coach, will replace Joe Torre as manager next year in a move announced Sept. 17.
Preston Mattingly, the Dodgers' No. 1 draft pick in 2006, batted .218 with two homers and 17 RBIs at the Class A level this season. He struck out 51 times in 165 at-bats. Mattingly, 23, bats and throws right-handed. His best season as a pro came in 2006, when he hit .290 with a home run and 29 RBIs for the Dodgers' rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League.
Cliff Lee was picked to start Texas' first playoff game in 11 years. The American League West Division champions announced pitching plans for the first round of the postseason. Rangers manager Ron Washington said Lee will get the ball in Game 1, which is no surprise. Lee will be followed by left-hander C.J. Wilson and right-hander Colby Lewis in the rotation for the best-of-five division series. The Rangers are making their first playoff appearance since 1999. Texas is the only current franchise never to win a playoff series.
Jeremy Bonderman said he doesn't expect to pitch for Detroit next season. Tigers president Dave Dombrowski plans to address Bonderman's situation later. Bonderman, who expects to be replaced by younger pitchers, is 8-9 with a 5.18 ERA in 28 starts this season.
Chairman Tom Ricketts said he expects the team's payroll to be slightly lower next season. He also isn't going to put a timetable on hiring a manager.
A CT scan on reliever Blake Hawksworth showed no damage and he was to be released from the hospital a day after being hit in the face by a line drive.
Bob Shaw, a pitcher most notedly for the White Sox and best known for helping shut out Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1959 World Series, died Thursday of liver cancer at his home near Jupiter, Fla. He was 77.
First Published September 27, 2010 12:00 am