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FIRST-PLACE DODGERS TAKE ON SAN DIEGO PADRES TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY

LOS ANGELES - The first-place Dodgers begin their 11th homestand of the season with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres tomorrow, September 2 (LHP Clayton Richard vs. LHP Julio Urías), Saturday, September 3 (RHP Luis Perdomo vs. TBD) and Sunday, September 4 (TBD vs. TBD). Tomorrow's contest takes place at 7:10 p.m. with auto gates opening at 4:40 p.m. and stadium gates opening at 5:10 p.m. Saturday's contest takes place at 6:10 p.m., auto gates open at 3:40 p.m. and stadium gates open at 4:10 p.m. The final game of the series against the Padres Sunday takes place at 1:10 p.m. with auto gates opening at 10:40 a.m. and stadium gates at 11:10 a.m. Tickets for games tomorrow through Sunday are available and can be purchased by calling 866-DODGERS or by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets.

The Dodgers have sold out of a Hello Kitty ticket package (www.dodgers.com/hellokitty) tomorrow which included a ticket to the game and an exclusive Dodger/Hello Kitty T-shirt (image attached). Hello Kitty will be in the left-field plaza from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. DJ Adam will provide musical entertainment in the right-field plaza and an iHeart DJ will be in the left-field plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Former Los Angeles Rams Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson will throw a first pitch.

LOS ANGELES - The first-place Dodgers begin their 11th homestand of the season with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres tomorrow, September 2 (LHP Clayton Richard vs. LHP Julio Urías), Saturday, September 3 (RHP Luis Perdomo vs. TBD) and Sunday, September 4 (TBD vs. TBD). Tomorrow's contest takes place at 7:10 p.m. with auto gates opening at 4:40 p.m. and stadium gates opening at 5:10 p.m. Saturday's contest takes place at 6:10 p.m., auto gates open at 3:40 p.m. and stadium gates open at 4:10 p.m. The final game of the series against the Padres Sunday takes place at 1:10 p.m. with auto gates opening at 10:40 a.m. and stadium gates at 11:10 a.m. Tickets for games tomorrow through Sunday are available and can be purchased by calling 866-DODGERS or by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets.

The Dodgers have sold out of a Hello Kitty ticket package (www.dodgers.com/hellokitty) tomorrow which included a ticket to the game and an exclusive Dodger/Hello Kitty T-shirt (image attached). Hello Kitty will be in the left-field plaza from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. DJ Adam will provide musical entertainment in the right-field plaza and an iHeart DJ will be in the left-field plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Former Los Angeles Rams Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson will throw a first pitch.

The Dodgers will join Major League Baseball and all MLB Clubs in a league-wide effort to raise childhood cancer awareness by dedicating a special "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day" tomorrow. The Dodgers and partner Cedars-Sinai, the official medical center of the Dodgers, will honor four-and-a-half-year-old patient Nathan Flores of Culver City. Nathan will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Nathan has been battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) for more than a year, but is now in remission, thanks to treatment at Cedars-Sinai led by Dr. Fae Majlessipour and Dr. Shivani Upadhyay. Nathan will be joined on the field by his parents, Natalie and Omar, and other family members. Throughout the season, Dodger players including Kiké Hernández, J.P. Howell, Clayton Kershaw and Joc Pederson have visited pediatric patients at Cedars-Sinai.

The Dodgers will activate on social media tomorrow in support of the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) campaign, using #Reasons2StandUp. A Dodger player will also help raise awareness for SU2C by recording a video to be added to a league-wide campaign set for September 9. The Dodgers will also play host tomorrow to 13-year-old Jaden Muñoz of Pasadena, a cancer survivor, who will attend Dodger batting practice with his family and meet players on the field.

In partnership with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), MLB has encouraged Clubs to support this new initiative in commemoration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month through a variety of special activations. Tomorrow, all Major League players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew members will wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands to further promote awareness for childhood cancer, which is the leading cause of death by disease in children ages 15 and under in the United States. In Canada, more than 1,500 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Every year, an estimated 250,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. 

Fans are invited onto the field for Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's immediately following the game. Tomorrow's show celebrates piano month which takes place in September. Song selections include: "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "Mess Around" by Ray Charles, "Rocket Man" by Elton John, "In Between Days" by Ben Folds and "Clocks" by Coldplay. In an effort to continue to be good neighbors to the residents surrounding Dodger Stadium, fireworks shows will take place before 11:00 p.m. and are subject to cancellation due to length of game.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 650 youth from iLEAD Pacoima, Daniel Phelan Elementary School in Whittier, Pacoima Charter School, Esteban E. Torres High School in East Los Angeles, Aspire Public Schools in Huntington Park, and PUC Santa Rosa Academy in Glassell Park will be in attendance. Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball provides Los Angeles-area underserved youth with a Dodger game experience courtesy of the Dodgers. Transportation to and from Dodger Stadium in a customized Dodger bus, tickets, a voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage and a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T-shirt are included.

The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Army Colonel Manuel V. Espinosa of Belvedere. Espinosa served in numerous stateside and overseas intelligence assignments, including assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC, and NATO Special Operations Forces. He holds master's degrees in the strategic intelligence and strategic studies fields and his decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge and the Army's Knowlton Award for Excellence in Intelligence Service.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items for auction tomorrow include a Justin Turner autographed jersey, a Kenley Jansen autographed photo and an Adrián González autographed baseball. More than 25 items will be up for bid.

Tomorrow, Friday, September 2

Media gates

2:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

3:10 p.m.

Roberts media session

4:00 p.m. (approximately)

Dodger batting practice

4:20 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Auto gates

4:40 p.m.

Stadium gates

5:10 p.m.

Padres batting practice

5:25 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.

National anthem/ceremonial first pitch

6:57 p.m.

Game time

7:10 p.m.

The Dodgers take on the Padres at 6:10 p.m. Saturday. Auto gates open at 3:40 p.m. and stadium gates open at 4:10 p.m. DJ Adam will provide musical entertainment in the right-field plaza, an iHeart DJ will be in the left-field plaza, Dhara World Music band will be in the right-field reserve and Michael O will provide musical entertainment in the left-field reserve from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Dodgers will join in on LA Fleet Week™ 2016, a celebration of U.S. armed forces at the Port of Los Angeles. The four-day festival is hosting active military ships along the Los Angeles waterfront and features public ship tours, military equipment demos, live entertainment, educational activities and more. LA Fleet Week at Dodger Stadium Saturday will feature a ceremonial first pitch, performances by Navy Band Southwest and a Military Hero of the Game. Commanding Officer of USS America Captain Joseph R. Olson will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Olson received his commission from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. His long and dedicated service earned him the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and other awards.

The Dodgers are also partnering with OneLegacy, a Southern California nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donations. Every day, nearly 20,000 men, women and children in California wait for a life-saving organ transplant. A single donor has the power to save up to eight lives through organ donation, and to enhance many more lives through tissue donation. The Dodgers will play host to an on-field recognition of OneLegacy Ambassadors who are organ recipients or who represent people who were organ donors.

The Dodgers will play host to their 15th annual Scouts Day and Egg Drop contest. All scouts are invited to take on the challenge of creating a contraption that will keep a raw egg from breaking after falling from the reserve level to the field. Scouts that participate will receive a scouts' patch for their efforts. To purchase tickets and to participate in the Egg Drop, please visit www.dodgers.com/scouts.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 600 youth from The Violence Intervention Program in Boyle Heights, L.A. Boys and Girls Club, MLB Urban Youth Academy in Pasadena, Perry Lindsey International Magnet School in Long Beach and Animo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School in Watts will be in attendance. Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball provides Los Angeles-area underserved youth with a Dodger game experience courtesy of the Dodgers. Transportation to and from Dodger Stadium in a customized Dodger bus, tickets, a voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage and a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T-shirt are included.

The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist Third Class Jon T. Kimmel of Pocono, PA. He reported to Base Los Angeles Long Beach in 2015, where he serves as a member of the newly activated Base Security team. Kimmel is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and deployed for 15 months to Iraq. His awards include the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Combat Action Badge, Army Achievement Medal and Coast Guard Good Conduct.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's (LADF) Dre Dayz program, now in its second season, in which Andre Ethier has donated Dodger Stadium luxury suite nights to benefit LADF grantees, will take place Saturday. Ethier has donated eight suite nights that LADF distributes to various non-profit organizations. Students that partake in Dre Dayz attend Dodger batting practice on the field, meet and take photos with Ethier, receive New Balance shoes and apparel, food and beverages provided in the suite and organizations and students receive a recognition pre-game and in-game as part of the "Giving Moment presented by LADF." Dre Dayz will play host to the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program whose mission is to provide underserved middle and high school youth with free arts and literacy-based after-school programs which include academic support, arts programming, enrichment activities and sports in a safe and caring environment. Students attending were selected because of their exemplary sportsmanship and outstanding participation in the Homework Club. 

Saturday, September 3

Media gates

1:10 p.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

2:10 p.m.

Roberts media session

3:10 p.m. (approximately)

Dodger batting practice

3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Auto gates

3:40 p.m.

Stadium gates

4:10 p.m.

Padres batting practice

4:25 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

National anthem/ceremonial first pitch

5:57 p.m.

Game time

6:10 p.m.

The Dodgers conclude the series against San Diego at 1:10 p.m. Sunday. All auto gates open at 10:40 a.m. and all stadium gates open at 11:10 a.m. Dr. Drew Pinsky, HLN TV host and host of his own daily radio show in Los Angeles on KABC, will perform the national anthem.

Viva Los Dodgers presented by State Farm and Time Warner Cable takes place at 11:10 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by Soto Band and DJ Angie Vee. Dodger alumni Lee Lacy and Dennis Powell will sign autographs for fans.

As part of Adrián González's Viva Los Dodgers program, families from Casa Libre will attend Sunday's game courtesy of González and wife Betsy. Casa Libre is a specialized youth shelter striving to empower undocumented and unaccompanied immigrant children through comprehensive education that includes cultural and life-skills workshops, private tutoring and mentorships. The González family plays host to 72 fans per Sunday home game (18 families of four) and provides them with All-You-Can-Eat right-field pavilion tickets and one parking pass per each group of four throughout the 2016 season. The Dodgers will present a Community Hero Award to Federico Bustamante, program director at Casa Libre.

Viva Los Dodgers takes place each Sunday of every homestand two hours prior to the game. The season-long initiative celebrates Latino culture in Los Angeles and the legacy of Latino Dodgers past and present at a family friendly pregame festival at the historic 76 station. The event is free with a game-day ticket. All Dodger fans are welcome. Complete details can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/viva and www.losdodgers.com/viva.

The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Army veteran Specialist Third Class Dimas P. Garcia of Los Angeles. He joined the Army during the Korean War in 1954. His military career included duties as a tank ammunition loader, tank gunner and tank commander leading a five-tank M48 platoon. He received the Army Medal of Honor during peacetime in 1955 for maneuvers performed at Camp Polk, LA. After his service, he worked as a military aircraft painter at Northrup Corporation.

As part of Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball, 100 youth from Fletcher Drive Elementary School in Glassell Park will be in attendance. Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball provides Los Angeles-area underserved youth with a Dodger game experience courtesy of the Dodgers. Transportation to and from Dodger Stadium in a customized Dodger bus, tickets, a voucher for a Dodger Dog and beverage and a Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball T-shirt are included.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items for auction Sunday include a Kiké Hernández autographed jersey, an Adrián González autographed photo and a Chase Utley autographed baseball. More than 25 items will be up for bid.

For most Sunday home games, children 14 and under can run the bases for Kids Run the Bases presented by New Balance. Youngsters can enter through center field following the game Sunday.

Sunday, September 4

Media gates

9:10 a.m.

Clubhouse open to media                                                                         

9:40 a.m.

Roberts media session

11:00 a.m. (approximately)

Auto gates

10:40 a.m.

Stadium gates

11:10 a.m.

Viva Los Dodgers

11:10 a.m.

National anthem/ceremonial first pitch

12:57 p.m.

Game time

1:10 p.m.

Kids Run the Bases

Immediately following game

LADF holds a charitable in-game raffle to benefit its programs and local youth organizations every home game. Raffle tickets at every Dodger home game are available at three price points: three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. Fans can visit kiosks on three levels in-stadium: field section 5, loge sections 103 and 105 and reserve level section 10. Sellers will also be roving throughout Dodger Stadium concourses and seating areas in top deck, reserve, club, loge, field and pavilion sections. For more information, please visit www.dodgers.com/5050raffle.

SportsNetLA telecasts all games. Spanish-language Dodger game telecasts in high definition are available for Time Warner Cable customers on channel 324. iHeartMedia Los Angeles and the Dodgers broadcast all games on AM 570 LA Sports. All Dodger games in Spanish are broadcast on Univision 1020 KTNQ.

Uber is now the preferred ride of the Dodgers. With Uber, fans can get dropped off at any of the five entry gates during pregame. Once the game is over, fans can head to the dedicated Uber Zone in Lot 12 to meet their driver and be on their way in no time.

The Dodger Stadium Express offers two express services to Dodger Stadium: the Dodger Stadium Express Union Station and the Dodger Stadium Express South Bay. Dodger Stadium Express Union Station and Dodger Stadium Express South Bay services are free of charge with a Dodger game-day ticket. Dodger Stadium Express Union Station service will be provided every 10 minutes starting 90 minutes prior to the start of the game and runs approximately every 30 minutes throughout the game. Dodger Stadium Express South Bay service runs every 20 minutes starting two hours before game time, with the last bus leaving Harbor Gateway Transit Center at game time. Complete details on the Dodger Stadium Express services, route information and helpful tips from METRO can be found by visiting www.Metro.net/dodgers or by calling 323.GO.METRO.

The 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers Yearbook is on sale at all Dodger team stores and at www.dodgers.com/yearbook. This unique, 180-page publication offers a special 27-page tribute to the 10th anniversary of Clayton Kershaw being drafted by the Dodgers, a salute to Hall of Famer broadcaster Vin Scully and much more.

The 11th 2016 issue of the new Dodger Insider magazine (image attached), which spotlights the Dodgers' push toward a title despite the injury to Clayton Kershaw, is available at Dodger Stadium. Dodger Insider magazine includes news, features, analysis, photos, games, stadium information and more, and is distributed for free at stadium auto gates and Fan Services booths. The magazine is the print companion to the official team blog of the same name, which can be found at www.dodgers.com/insider.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) has launched a number of new and continued fundraisers for the 2016 season, giving fans an opportunity to support programs that benefit children and families in Los Angeles. For the first time ever in-stadium merchandise stores (Top of The Park and Left Field Stores) carry a 47 Brand LADF Logo Tee. Fans can also contribute by donating their RV, truck, motorcycle or cars by visiting www.dodgers.com/VehicleDonation. Ribbon-board messages are available for all home games for a $75 donation. Registration for the New Balance Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 5K and 10K Run and Kids Fun Run, presented by Gazillion Bubbles, to take place on Sunday, October 2 at Dodger Stadium is now live at www.dodgers.com/RUN. To learn more about LADF please visit www.dodgers.com/LADF and follow LADF on social media: Twitter (@DodgersFdn), Instagram (@dodgersfoundation) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/LosAngelesDodgersFoundation).

Media interested in applying for daily credentials should apply 24 hours prior to game time at http://credentials.mlb.com. For questions, please contact the Dodgers' Public Relations department by replying to this email or calling (323) 224-1301.

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