Dodgers @ Mariners June 8, 2012: Oh Good, Interleague Play

The last time the Dodgers played in Seattle, back on July 9, 2000, someone named Mike Metcalfe led off for the Dodgers. He went 1-4 playing left field as the Dodgers were shut out 2-0 behind seven shutout innings from Jamie Moyer. I had legitimately never heard of Mike Metcalfe prior to today, and for good reason; he picked up just 14 plate appearances over two seasons with the Dodgers, and that was his final major league game. He’d kick around Triple-A for a few years, retiring after hitting .248/.301/.315 for Omaha in 2002 at the age of 29.

Dodgers
Mariners
SS
Gordon
RF
Suzuki
3B
Herrera
2B
Ackley
RF
Ethier
3B
Seager
DH
Rivera
C
Montero
LF
Abreu
1B
Smoak
2B
Hairston
CF
Saunders
1B
Loney
DH
Jaso
C
Ellis
LF
Carp
CF
Gwynn
SS
Kawasaki

I bring this up not because stumbling upon the existence of Mike Metcalfe is some sort of groundbreaking news, but more because it illustrates just how long it’s been since the Dodgers actually made it up to Seattle. Yet since then, they’ve hosted the Mariners in Dodger Stadium in 2001, 2006, and 2009, losing two of three each time. Interleague play is weird, I suppose, though there’s no better example of that than the fact that the Dodgers somehow still haven’t made it to Yankee Stadium.

There’s no Mike Metcalfe in tonight’s lineup, though we do see Juan Rivera & Bobby Abreu starting together for what I believe is the first time as Dodgers. A.J. Ellis gets knocked down to eighth, because… well, I have absolutely no idea why. They’ll go against 37-year-old Kevin Millwood, who made his first big-league start back in July of 1997 against the Dodgers, when tonight’s starter Nathan Eovaldi was all of seven years old.

In other news, remember last week when I briefly talked about Cuban immigrant Jorge Soler? I mentioned at the time that we hadn’t heard one word of the Dodgers being connected to him; today, that’s changed in a big way:

Remember, these are just unsourced rumors, so let’s not get too excited just yet. (Or act like any of us have ever seen or really know much about this guy, which we don’t.) But just seeing the Dodgers mentioned in rumors like this, after the disappointing last few years? It’s a nice feeling.

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