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DODGERS FYI

Dodgers won't sell individual tickets to Yankees games in L.A.

The Dodgers are reserving tickets in series, scheduled for June 25-27, for fans buying season seats or packages of 14, 21 or 28 games.

February 23, 2010|By Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez

If you would like to see the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium in June, the Dodgers would like you to buy tickets to at least 13 other games this season.

The Dodgers will put single-game tickets on sale March 6 but will not sell individual tickets to the Yankees series, scheduled June 25-27. The Dodgers are reserving those tickets for fans buying season seats or packages of 14, 21 or 28 games, the team announced Monday.

Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said the team anticipates demand sufficient to sell out all three games via ticket packages. If individual tickets for any Yankees game remain available, they would be put on sale at a later date, he said.

The Dodgers also instituted a surcharge of $2 or $3 for Friday and Saturday games. The single-game prices otherwise remain largely unchanged on the field and loge levels. Top-deck tickets will be $12 and $15 this season, up from $9 and $11 last season, and left-field pavilion tickets will be $15 and $18 this season, up from $11 and $13.

The all-you-can-eat seats in the right-field pavilion remain $40 on game day, but the advance price dropped from $35 to $30.

Will Kuroda retire?

Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who turned 35 this month and is in the final year of his three-year, $35.3-million contract, said this season could be his last.

"My life in baseball could end this year," he said, speaking in Japanese. "I'm not sure how I'll feel at the end of the season. You don't know what can happen. I might get hit in the head again.

"I want to make sure I have no regrets."

Kuroda was hit in the head by a line drive in August, resulting, he said, in a herniated disk in his neck that kept him out of the opening round of the playoffs. He received various methods of treatment, including acupuncture, in his native Japan over the winter.

"It doesn't bother me anymore," he said.

Asked whether there are any other side effects he has experienced because of the ball that struck him in the head, Kuroda laughed and said, "I forgot how to speak English."

Kuroda has never learned English.

Short hops

Rain hit Camelback Ranch for the third consecutive day, cutting short pitcher field practice and forcing some of the pitchers to throw their bullpen sessions in the batting cages of the minor league side of the complex. . . . Matt Kemp, James Loney and Andre Ethier reported to camp early. Ronnie Belliard and Rafael Furcal are the only players who are yet to report. They have until Thursday to do so.

bill.shaikin@latimes.com

dylan.hernandez@

latimes.com

Shaikin reported from Los Angeles and Hernandez from Phoenix.

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