The Dodgers had two games scheduled today, including Clayton Kershaw facing the Oakland A's at Camelback Ranch, but rain has canceled the first game and threatens the other game.

Dodgers Spring Training: Rain Wreaking Havoc For Dodgers

The Dodgers open their regular season on March 31 against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

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Dodgers Game Against Oakland Canceled; Casey Blake Could Open Season On Disabled List

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It is raining quite hard at Camelback Ranch today, and looking more and more likely that both Dodgers games today will be rained out. The day game, against the Oakland A's, has already been canceled. The short-term outlook for Dodgers' third baseman Casey Blake is equally as gloomy, as it is looking more and more likely that he will begin the season on the disabled list. Blake hasn't played since March 12, and has inflammation in his back.

With only 10 days remaining until opening day, Blake is running out of time to get the kind of preparation he needs to be ready for opening day. "I know guys, what they do is they start targeting opening day. They want to be ready, and do stuff and tell you stuff to get to opening day," manager Don Mattingly said before the game. "For me, I'd rather, if it's five days or seven, eight, 10 days into the season and he's healthy and ready to go and gets to that point, and have him the rest of the year, instead of trying to bang around and not being ready to go, and have a guy who's 100% on opening day."

The Dodgers can retroactively place Blake on the disabled list as early as today, with April 5 as the earliest date he can return. Mattingly also said pitchers Jon Garland and Vicente Padilla are progressing nicely, but won't be ready for opening day. Mattingly wouldn't rule out the possibility of Garland being ready when by the time the Dodgers first need a fifth starter, on April 12 in San Francisco.

For more Dodgers spring training news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Spring Training: Rain In The Forecast As Dodgers Play Two

The Dodgers have a split squad today, although with pending rain throughout the greater Phoenix area it seems likely that neither game will be played. There is a day game at Camelback Ranch against the Oakland, and a night game against Arizona at the brand new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. There is a 25-30% chance of rain at Camelback Ranch from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and aa 60-70% chance of rain tonight in Scottsdale.

Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make his fifth start of the spring today, in a nice matchup of young left-handers with Brett Anderson of the A's. Kershaw, who will start opening day against the Giants on March 31 at Dodger Stadium, has one more spring start after today, on Saturday against the Padres at Camelback Ranch. Jonathan Broxton is also scheduled to pitch in that game, which will be back-to-back days for Broxton for the first time this spring.

Mike MacDougal will also pitch the second day of back-to-back games today, as he is scheduled to pitch the night game against the Diamondbacks. Tim Redding, who is battling John Ely for the fifth starter job to start the season, gets the start in that game. But again, the general feeling here in Arizona is that the night game (if not both games) probably will be rained out.

Here are the Dodgers lineups for both games:

vs. Oakland (at Camelback Ranch)

Furcal SS
Gwynn CF
Uribe 3B
Paul LF
Thames 1B
Kapler RF
Barajas C
Velez 2B
Kershaw P

Marcus Thames is getting his first action at first base this spring. He has played 38 innings in left field so far this spring, and also served as designated hitter. Thames started 31 games at first base for the Tigers in 2007, but has only played 11 games at the position in the last three years, including none last season.

at Arizona (in Scottsdale)

Gordon SS
DeJesus 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Gibbons LF
Miles 3B
Navarro C
Redding P

In the past week, the Dodgers have trimmed their roster in major league camp considerably. There are now 42 players in major league camp, 21 pitchers and 21 position players, after the following players have been cut in the last seven days:

For more Dodgers spring training news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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