Turner, Dodgers top Reds 3-1 on Jackie Robinson Day

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers spent the day honoring Jackie Robinson – and the night winning yet again.

Trea Turner extended his hitting streak to 26 games with an RBI triple and Gavin Lux scored two runs while reaching base three times in the Dodgers’ 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Chris Taylor had an early run-scoring triple as the Dodgers punctuated Jackie Robinson Day with their fourth consecutive win in front of a sellout crowd, including thousands wearing giveaway replicas of Robinson’s first Brooklyn jersey. The victory capped a long day of celebrations, community appearances and discussion of Robinson’s baseball legacy.

While Turner and Lux provided most of the important moments at the plate, Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson (1-0) pitched four solid innings apiece for the Dodgers while teaming up for long appearances in the same game for the second time this season.

“It’s the result of both guys buying in, namely Tyler as far as a different role,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Tony came out and threw the baseball much better than the first inning, and then Tyler came in and gave us four strong innings.”

Anderson came on in relief and yielded two hits while earning his first victory for the club that signed him four weeks ago.

“Me and T have developed a lot better relationship going after one another,” said Gonsolin, who yielded three hits and three walks with 11 swing-and-misses. “Going into these games like, `Hey, let’s get this whole game today.’ It definitely makes me feel more comfortable that he’s right behind me.”

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his second save with his new team, the first at Dodger Stadium. He was pleased to get a save opportunity after warming up Thursday only to watch Los Angeles’ powerhouse lineup score six runs in the eighth.

“We have a good offense, and they’re going to explode a lot this year,” Kimbrel said. “It was good to get in there today.”

Kyle Farmer had an RBI single in the Reds’ fourth consecutive loss. Cincinnati has scored 12 runs in the skid.

“Having gone through this a lot, you can’t make too big a deal about it,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s going to happen, I know that. But it can feel hard when the hits aren’t falling and you’re facing good pitching.”

Vladimir Gutierrez (0-2) yielded three runs on five hits and three walks while pitching into the fifth inning for Cincinnati.

“Guti had one of our best starts of the year,” Bell said. “Maybe the best life he’s had on his fastball since early last year. Their pitching just made it tough on us.”

The Dodgers scored in the second when Taylor singled home Max Muncy, but Aristides Aquino made an excellent throw from left to get Justin Turner at the plate for the third out.

Lux then singled in the third and scored on a triple by Trea Turner, the 2021 major league batting champion. He hasn’t cooled off to begin his first full season in LA, extending the hitting streak that began last Sept. 12.

Incredibly, Trea Turner has a hit in 53 of his 59 games with the Dodgers.

Anderson knocked off Joey Votto‘s helmet with an errant 2-2 changeup leading off the sixth. Votto took enough offense that players from both teams stepped out of their dugout before calm prevailed. Farmer singled home Aquino with Cincinnati’s only run later in the inning.


Jackie Robinson Day is always important at Dodger Stadium because of the franchise’s role in baseball’s integration and because Robinson grew up in Pasadena, 10 miles away from the Dodgers’ future home.

Robinson’s son, David, spoke to the Dodgers at the base of Jackie Robinson’s statue in the plaza behind the outfield bleachers before the game. Robinson’s 99-year-old widow, Rachel, received several hearty ovations during a pregame ceremony.


Reds: 2B Jonathan India wasn’t in the lineup after injuring his hamstring Thursday. … RHP Luis Castillo threw 20 pitches in live batting practice at Dodger Stadium. He’ll throw again Tuesday in San Diego.

Dodgers: Roberts thinks RHP Tommy Kahnle and LHP Caleb Ferguson should be ready to return to the majors in 3-4 weeks. They’re both coming back from Tommy John surgery.


The second major league start for Cincinnati rookie Hunter Greene (1-0, 5.40 ERA) is in his hometown. The Los Angeles native and Notre Dame High School graduate faces the Dodgers’ Julio Urias (0-1, 13.50), who had a rough season-opening start at Colorado.

Anthony Volpe, 21, wins Yankees’ starting shortstop job

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TAMPA, Fla. — Anthony Volpe grew up watching Derek Jeter star at shortstop for the New York Yankees.

Now, the 21-year-old is getting the chance to be the Yankees’ opening day shortstop against the San Francisco Giants.

The team announced after a 6-2 win over Toronto in spring training that Volpe had won the spot. New York manager Aaron Boone called the kid into his office to deliver the news.

“My heart was beating pretty hard,” said Volpe, rated one of baseball’s best prospects. “Incredible. I’m just so excited. It’s hard for me to even put into words.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, hitting coach Dillon Lawson and bench coach Carlos Mendoza were also present.

Volpe was able to share the news with his parents and other family members near the Yankees’ dugout and said it is something he will never forget.

“It was pretty emotional,” Volpe said. “It was just an unbelievable moment to share with them.”

Volpe, who grew up a Yankees fan, lived in Manhattan as a child before moving to New Jersey. Jeter was his favorite player.

“It’s very surreal,” Volpe said. “I’ve only ever been to games at Yankee Stadium and for the most part only watched him play there.”

Volpe is hitting .314 with three homers, five RBIs and a .417 on-base percentage in 17 Grapefruit League games. He has just 22 games of experience at Triple-A.

Spring training started with Volpe, Oswald Peraza and holdover Isiah Kiner-Falefa competing for the everyday shortstop job. Kiner-Falefa was shifted into a utility role midway through camp, and Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday evening.

“While certainly the performance was there, he killed it between the lines,” Boone said of Volpe. “All the other things that we’ve been hearing about showed up. There’s an energy he plays the game with, and an instinct that he has that is evident. He really checked every box that we could have had for him. Absolutely kicked the door in and earned his opportunity.”

Volpe arrived in Florida in December to work out at the Yankees’ minor league complex.

“He’s earned the right to take that spot, and we’re excited for him and excited for us,” Cashman said. “He just dominated all sides of the ball during February and March, and that bodes well obviously for him as we move forward.”

Volpe was selected out of high school with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft from Delbarton School in New Jersey. He passed up a college commitment to Vanderbilt to sign with the Yankees.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get into the organization,” Volpe said. “This day, this feeling, this moment was kind of what I’ve worked my whole life for when I made that big decision.”

“Right now it’s crazy,” he added. “I don’t even know what lies ahead but Thursday I just want to go out and play, and have fun.”