04.15.19: Five things you should plan for the week ahead based on unscientific evidence of guaranteed importance

black 1The guy wearing No. 42 for the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night against the Dodgers will be Yasiel Puig.
And Matt Kemp. And Alex Wood. And Kyle Farmer. And even hitting coach Turner Ward and first base coach Delino DeShields.
Remember all them?
The Dodgers’ version of Jackie Robinson Day is one long memory of what once happened 72 years ago now for a man whose 100th birthday was celebrated last January 31.
The No. 42 on the mound for the Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw, for the first time this 2019 season.
There’s a lot in play here – lots of pomp in your circumstance today (7:10 p.m., ESPN and SportsNet LA), with Rachel Robinson and family in attendance. All across all of Major League Baseball, too. Let’s keep it in perspective.
Also this week for the Dodgers:
* vs. Cincinnati, Dodger Stadium: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. (all on SportsNet L.A.)
* At Milwaukee: Friday and Saturday at 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet L.A.; ESPN coverage of Thursday game not in L.A), Saturday at 4:10 p.m., (SNLA and FS1), Sunday at 11:10 a.m. (SNLA)
This week for the Angels:
* At Texas, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:05 p.m., Fox Sports West
* vs. Seattle, Angel Stadium: Thursday and Friday at 7:07 p.m., Saturday at 6:07 p.m., Sunday at 1:07 p.m., all on FSW


black 2The Clippers’ Western Conference Game 1 quarterfinals loss at Golden State on Saturday – kind of expected, with some extra chippiness. What will change? TNT has the next two games. Maybe that factors into things? At least three games are left in this matchup:
* Game 2: At Golden State, Monday at 7:30 p.m., TNT (Marv Albert, Chris Webber, Kristen Ledlow), Prime Ticket (Ralph Lawler, Ryan Hollins)
* Game 3: At Staples Center, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., TNT (Brian Anderson, Kevin McHale, Ledlow), Prime Ticket (Lawler, Don MacLean).
* Game 4: At Staples Center, Sunday at 12:30 p.m., Channel 7
Other series of note that continue:
Western Conference:
San Antonio vs. Denver Game 2, Tuesday at 6 p.m., NBATV
Oklahoma City at Portland Game 2, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., TNT
Utah at Houston, Game 2, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., TNT
Eastern Conference:
Brooklyn at Philadelphia, Game 2, Monday at 5 p.m., TNT
Orlando at Toronto, Game 2, Tuesday at 5 p.m., TNT
Indiana at Boston, Game 2, Wednesday at 4 p.m., TNT
Detroit at Milwaukee, Game 2, Wednesday at 5 p.m., NBATV


black 3UCLA’s women’s gymnastics team, if not holding down the No. 1 spot in the rankings than becoming the top-rated product on its social media attention, has made the NCAA finals for the 35th time and goes into this meet at Fort Worth, Tex., as the defending champions and second seed (behind Oklahoma) in the eight-school championship. The Bruins will be part of the Friday morning team semifinals (10 a.m., ESPN2), with Oklahoma in the afternoon semifinals (4 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU), feeding into the Saturday team finals (4 p.m., ESPNU). All around and individual finals are also Saturday. Also in the final eight: The Pac-12’s Oregon State and Utah, plus Georgia, Michigan, LSU and Denver.
Also this week: NCAA men’s gymnastics championships in Champaign, Ill., Friday and Saturday


black 4It’s kind of a rare having two games in one week for the LAFC, with a MLS-best 6-1-0 record and 21 goals against five given up, but here it goes:
At Vancouver, Wednesday at 7 p.m., YouTubeTV
Vs. Seattle, Banc of California Stadium, Sunday at 4 p.m., FS1
Also this week: Galaxy vs. Houston, Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Friday at 8 p.m., Univision.


black 5How safe is it on your body to run a marathon? “Being fit and being healthy aren’t the same things,” says Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray. He should know. Six months ago, the lifelong competitor underwent open-heart triple bypass surgery after suffering chest pain and shortness of breath while running. Something to think about if you’re in tune with the Boston Marathon (Monday at 5:30 a.m., NBCSN). More info: https://www.baa.org/
Weather is going to also play a factor in how the waves of runners are released.
Also: MLB Network follows with Boston Red Sox’s Patriots Day game against Baltimore at Fenway Park, 8 a.m.


* The 61st annual Mt. SAC Relays continue at El Camino College in Torrance for one more time as the facility in Walnut is still under construction and should be ready by 2020. This starts with high school races Thursday through the elite athletes on Saturday. More info: http://www.mtsacrelays.com

* The NHL playoffs continue with:
= Western Conference:
Nashville at Dallas, Game 3, Monday at 6:30 p.m., NBCSN
Calgary at Colorado, Game 3, Monday at 7 p.m., CNBC
San Jose at Vegas, Game 4, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Winnipeg at St. Louis, Game 4, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., CNBC
= Eastern Conference:
Boston at Toronto, Game 3, Monday at 4 p.m., NBCSN
Washington at Carolina, Game 3, Monday at 4 p.m., CNBC
Tampa Bay at Columbus, Game 4, Tuesday at 4 p.m.,, CNBC
N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., NBCSN

* The college baseball lineup:
= UCLA: vs. Pepperdine at Jackie Robinson Stadium, Monday at 6 p.m.; vs. Cal at Jackie Robinson Stadium, Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m. (both on Pac-12 Network), Saturday at 2 p.m.
= USC: vs. Pepperdine at Dedeaux Field, Tuesday at 6 p.m.; vs. Washington State at Dedeaux Field, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m.
= Loyola Marymount: vs. UC Riverside at Page Stadium, Tuesday at 6 p.m.; at St. Mary’s, Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m.
= Pepperdine: at UCLA, Monday at 6 p.m.; at USC, Tuesday at 6 p.m.
= Cal State Northridge: At UC Irvine, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m.
= Cal State Fullerton: At Hawaii, Thursday and Friday at 9:35 p.m., Saturday at 4:05 p.m.
= UC Irvine: vs. San Diego State at Anteater Park, Tuesday at 6 p.m.; vs. Cal State Northridge at Anteater Park, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m.

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