The Los Angeles Dodgers played their first home game of spring training today, beating the Angels 5-0 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. Rafael Furcal, playing his first game of the spring, had two hits in his two at-bats, stole a base, and scored a run. It was the first win of the spring for the Dodgers, who lost a pair of split squad games on Saturday.
Rod Barajas, who is expected to get the day off on Monday, along with several Dodger regulars, homered. John Ely started for the Dodgers, and struck out three in his two innings of work, allowing one hit. All in all, seven Dodgers pitchers combined to shutout the Angels, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out 11. However, the Angels played no regulars in the game, though pseudo regular Alberto Callaspo did start at designated hitter.
Scott Kazmir, the $12 million man who struggled last season and figures to be the Angels' fifth starter this season, allowed five hits and three runs in his two innings of work. Fernando Rodney struck out two in his scoreless inning of work for the Angels. Angels' top prospect Mike Trout singled in three at-bats for the Angels.
Legendary Dodgers Hall of Famer Duke Snider passed away early Sunday morning in Escondido, California. Snider was 84. The Dodgers host the White Sox on Monday, with Clayton Kershaw starting on the mound. The Angels host Oakland in Tempe on Monday, with Joel Pineiro getting the start.
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