SYDNEY, 3 September - The National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled Melbourne pitcher Peter Moylan for the run into the playoffs. The Dodgers lead the 2nd place Arizona Diamondbacks by 12 games with a month of regular season games left to play. The two teams will meet in Sydney on 22nd and 23rd March to open the 2014 Major League Baseball Championship Season.
Four match ups between the two teams can be viewed in coming weeks by Australian sports fans (all times AEST):
11 September - Arizona at Los Angeles at 12:00 pm on Fox Sports
12 September - Arizona at Los Angeles at 12:00 pm on ESPN
17 September - Los Angeles at Arizona at 11:30 am on Fox Sports 2
19 September - Los Angeles at Arizona at 11:30 am on ESPN
Moylan, who has pitched in 16 games for the Dodgers this season, will be appearing in his second stint with the club after posting a 1-0 record with a 6.35 ERA (8 earned runs/11.1 innings pitched). The right-hander spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he went 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA and tossed scoreless relief in 28 of his 39 appearances.
Moylan had enjoyed a seven year Major League career with the Atlanta Braves, which began when he was signed following an outstanding performance for Team Australia in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. But he saw limited action in 2012 as he rehabbed and worked his way back into the ranks following shoulder surgery in 2011. Overall Peter has a 21-9 MLB record with a 2.75 ERA having appeared in 305 games, pitching 272 innings, striking out 212 along the way.
He joins three fellow Australians in the Major Leagues: Grant Balfour (Oakland Athletics, Sydney), Travis Blackley (Houston Astros; Melbourne Aces) and Liam Hendriks (Minnesota Twins; Perth Heat). Four non-Australian alumni of the Australian Baseball League are also in the Major Leagues: Brandon Barnes (Sydney Blue Sox, Houston Astros), Cody Clark (Brisbane Bandits, Houston Astros), Didi Gregorius (Canberra Cavalry, Arizona Diamondbacks) and Brandon Mauer (Adelaide Bite, Seattle Mariners). As the 2013 season got underway, some 75 Australians and New Zealanders under contract with Major League clubs and other professional teams.