The Dodgers are raising some ticket prices; lowering others

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The average price for a single game ticket at Dodger Stadium will go up 40 cents for 2011. The average price for a season ticket will go down 20 cents. Some seats will have large premiums placed on them. Others, discounts. It’s all rather convoluted, really.

My guess is that the convoluted nature of the pricing changes mean that, once everything is said and done, will effectively constitute an overall increase. If not, they’d announce a “freeze” or a price reduction or something in order to get PR bang for their buck. And an increase is fine, I guess. I’m not a big Frank McCourt fan, but he’s got a business to run, and if he can increase revenue without gutting the brand, go for it.

But it certainly would be hard to swallow a price increase given the state of the team right now. At least if they don’t do something to generate some excitement this winter. The Dodgers have always drawn. But there’s no law of nature making this inevitable. If it’s more Jamey Carroll-level “splashes” and Vicente Padilla extensions between now and February, people are going to be turned off.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.