Relievers struggle in Dodgers' Cactus League debut

Nicasio, Frias combine to allow five runs; Rollins goes 1-for-2 atop lineup

Relievers struggle in Dodgers' Cactus League debut

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alexei Ramirez drove in three runs and Avisail Garcia slugged a pair of doubles as the White Sox opened the Cactus League season against the Dodgers on Wednesday with a 6-4 victory at Camelback Ranch.

The White Sox roughed up relievers Juan Nicasio for three runs in one inning and Carlos Frias for two runs in two innings.

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Anderson, McCarthy lining up for Cactus League starts

Both hurlers expected to pitch over weekend

Anderson, McCarthy lining up for Cactus League starts

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson threw live batting practice on Wednesday, the day after Brandon McCarthy, and their next appearances should come in Cactus League games.

Barring any physical setback and using a five-day rotation as a guideline, McCarthy would pitch Sunday and Anderson on Monday. The pair, signed as free agents, is expected to form the back end of the Dodgers' starting rotation this season.

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Take a look back at the iconic Dodgertown

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Take a look back at the iconic Dodgertown

For six decades, the Dodgers descended onto Vero Beach, Fla. every Spring. From 1948 to 2008, Dodgertown was perhaps the most famous of MLB Spring Training locations. As games get underway this week -- though there won't be any at Holman Stadium this Grapefruit League season -- it's a perfect time to revist Dodgertown.

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Urias reminds Kershaw of early days with Dodgers

Cy Young winner familiar with experience of having attention at young age

Urias reminds Kershaw of early days with Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Early hysteria over 18-year-old lefty Julio Urias is reminiscent of the hysteria over a 20-year-old Clayton Kershaw.

"Spring Training is completely different than getting called up," Kershaw said. "Spring Training, it's getting acclimated to the big league clubhouse, and that's huge. I talked to him about it, so when you do get called up, you're not a stranger. You'll feel like you fit in."

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Mattingly slots Rollins at top of batting order

Dodgers skipper believes new shortstop will be staple as leadoff man

Mattingly slots Rollins at top of batting order

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly put shortstop Jimmy Rollins atop his batting order posted a day ahead of Wednesday's Cactus League opener, and said that's where he'll stay for the season.

Mattingly wouldn't go further than that when pressed for a regular-season lineup, but the exhibition opener looked like a pretty good tipoff.

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Ryu, Peralta in line for next steps of rehabs

Ryu, Peralta in line for next steps of rehabs

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Recovering pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Joel Peralta came out of their Monday bullpen sessions in good shape on Tuesday and were in line for the next steps in their rehabs.

Ryu, who missed two days with mid-back stiffness, said he wasn't sure if his next assignment would be another bullpen session or pitching batting practice, but he said he had no back discomfort.

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Kershaw to start Opening Day for Dodgers

Kershaw to start Opening Day for Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- National League MVP and three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start Opening Day, manager Don Mattingly revealed on Monday.

"That's our plan," Mattingly said.

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Dodgers announce all pitchers for first two spring games

Dodgers announce all pitchers for first two spring games

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers announced the remaining pitchers scheduled to follow starters Erik Bedard and Clayton Kershaw in the first two exhibition games Wednesday and Thursday against the White Sox.

Following Bedard on Wednesday will be Carlos Frias, Juan Nicasio, Sergio Santos, Adam Liberatore and Josh Ravin.

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Urias impresses Dodgers in live batting practice

Young left-hander shows off impressive skills against Pederson, Heisey

Urias impresses Dodgers in live batting practice

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, general manager Farhan Zaidi, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and special advisor Sandy Koufax all gathered on the field behind a batting cage at Camelback Ranch to watch a teenage phenom throw live batting practice Sunday afternoon.

A crowd of fans, cameras in hand, hovered nearby on the other side of the backstop and in the bleachers to watch the show.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guerrero believes he can help contribute to Dodgers now

After spending most of '14 in Triple-A, infielder brings confidence to camp

Guerrero believes he can help contribute to Dodgers now

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers like Alex Guerrero's offensive potential, but are still trying to determine if and where the infielder fits in the organization.

The 28-year-old will see action at second base, third base and in the outfield during Spring Training.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Playing in Caribbean Series beneficial to Hernandez

Competitive play in offseason helps infielder stay sharp for spring

Playing in Caribbean Series beneficial to Hernandez

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It's been just over three weeks since Enrique Hernandez stepped into the batter's box in front of thousands of hometown fans at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

That intense experience is only part of the reason he played in the annual Caribbean Series -- the tournament between the Winter League champions from Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico -- early last month.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers sign veteran reliever Adams

Dodgers sign veteran reliever Adams

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers added veteran right-hander Mike Adams to their list of non-roster invitees on Sunday.

Adams, 36, was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 22 games for Philadelphia last year.

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Kershaw gives Uribe confidence boost with BP homer

MVP tabbed for Dodgers' second game of spring

Kershaw gives Uribe confidence boost with BP homer

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Of the 40 pitches Clayton Kershaw threw in batting practice Saturday, Juan Uribe turned around one of them for a home run to center field.

"I'll have to hear about Uribe's home run all season," bemoaned the 2014 National League MVP. "I'm glad I gave him confidence for the whole year."

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Lyle Spencer

Grandal catching on quickly at Dodgers camp

Offseason acquisition from San Diego clicks with Yeager in early workouts

Grandal catching on quickly at Dodgers camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Camp Boomer, presided over by Dodgers coach Steve "Boomer" Yeager, just opened, but newcomer Yasmani Grandal -- the centerpiece in the Matt Kemp trade with the Padres -- already has opened eyes.

"I like what I see and what I hear from him," Yeager said. "It takes time to gain the respect of the pitching staff and teammates whenever a catcher comes from somewhere else, but some of them already know him. In the old Dodger tradition, we've welcomed him with open arms. He has come in with a good attitude; you don't have to go looking for him. He's right there, ready to go to work."

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Lyle Spencer is a reporter and columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bedard to start Dodgers' first Cactus League game

Veteran lefty expected to provide insurance for top five in rotation

Bedard to start Dodgers' first Cactus League game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers will get an early look at non-roster veteran pitcher Erik Bedard, who will start the exhibition opener against the White Sox on Wednesday and turn 36 on Thursday.

The left-hander, who is a former staff ace and was a 15-game winner for Baltimore in 2006, was pitching for Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman with Tampa Bay last year until being released in August. He's insurance for the Dodgers in case something goes wrong early with one of their top five starting pitchers.

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Ryu, Peralta on track for bullpen sessions

Ryu, Peralta on track for bullpen sessions

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hyun-Jin Ryu and Joel Peralta are expected to throw bullpen sessions on Monday, manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.

Ryu played catch for the second day after missing two days with mid-back stiffness. Peralta hasn't thrown off a mound in a month after experiencing shoulder stiffness working out in the Dominican Republic before Spring Training.

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Dodgers want versatile Barnes to focus on catching

Acquired from Miami, prospect likely advancing to Triple-A this season

Dodgers want versatile Barnes to focus on catching

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Austin Barnes has the rare skill set for catching and second base, but the Dodgers have told him to put away the infield glove.

For now, Barnes will work exclusively as a catcher, general manager Farhan Zaidi said. When Barnes was acquired from Miami in the Dee Gordon trade, the Dodgers said Barnes' versatility was one of the attractions.

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Turner looks to keep turning heads with Dodgers

Versatile infielder went from non-roster invitee to clutch performer in 2014

Turner looks to keep turning heads with Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Being a non-roster position player in a Dodgers Spring Training camp is likely to lead to a year as Triple-A insurance, or worse.

Numerous non-roster pitchers -- Wilson Alvarez, Takashi Saito, Jose Lima, Jeff Weaver, etc. -- have carved out Major League roles of impact going that route, but position players? Not so much.

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Jansen fitted for weight-bearing boot

Dodgers' closer on crutches following foot surgery, throwing in meantime with knee on chair

Jansen fitted for weight-bearing boot

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Injured Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was fitted with a protective boot on Friday as he continues his recovery from left-foot surgery.

After stitches are removed next week, the boot will allow Jansen to begin placing weight on the foot and gradually ramp up athletic activity. Until then, he will continue on crutches.

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Mattingly in early planning stages as BP gets underway

Mattingly in early planning stages as BP gets underway

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the Dodgers creep closer to Wednesday's Opening Day of the exhibition season, manager Don Mattingly continues to defer any and all questions about his lineup and batting order.

"I've been doing other things," said Mattingly, in an attempt to downplay upcoming decisions. "Farhan [Zaidi, general manager] and I have thrown it around a little bit. There will be different combinations, with lefty-righty [opposing pitchers] and if a guy is out of the lineup."

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Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

Outfielder, who played for six teams, is not ready to coach

Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

JUPITER, Fla. -- Juan Pierre, the catalyst of the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team and one of the most prolific base-stealers of his generation, has announced his retirement. The 37-year-old speedster is walking away from the game after an impressive 14-year career.

Pierre, who lives in south Florida, is now a self-proclaimed "stay-at-home dad." He also isn't ready to accept a coaching position at this point.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ryu reports no back issues after playing catch

Ryu reports no back issues after playing catch

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu returned to the practice field on Friday and resumed throwing after missing two days with mid-back stiffness.

Ryu said he made about 35 throws from 60 feet in a game of light catch and reported no ill effects. His back stiffened up after throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. An MRI revealed no structural damage.

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Legendary Koufax stops by for first full-squad workout

Hall of Famer comments on Kershaw, new-look Dodgers at Spring Training

Legendary Koufax stops by for first full-squad workout

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With all of the new faces in uniform for the first full-squad workout on Thursday, there was also the most iconic Dodgers face in uniform: Sandy Koufax.

The Hall of Famer did his thing as special assistant to the chairman, watching a full set of bullpen sessions, including that of 18-year-old prospect Julio Urias.

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Mattingly ready for some 'open competition' in camp

Mattingly ready for some 'open competition' in camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Don Mattingly held a 70-minute meeting before the Dodgers' first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Thursday, presumably just to introduce everybody.

There were 58 players in last year's Major League camp and 61 this year, but only 24 are holdovers from 2014 to '15.

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Mattingly confident in Peralta's availability for opener

Dodgers veteran reliever dealing with right shoulder stiffness

Mattingly confident in Peralta's availability for opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the club is confident reliever Joel Peralta will be ready for Opening Day.

"We all expect him to be ready for the season," Mattingly said.

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Anthony Castrovince

McCarthy, Anderson eye successful reunion in L.A.

McCarthy, Anderson eye successful reunion in L.A.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- That they are former A's reunited as Dodgers teammates only scratches the surface of the Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson relationship. They are similarly strong Twitter follows, similarly cynical sorts, similarly proud of what McCarthy calls a "terrible" taste in music. They are similarly curious, as evidenced the other day when Anderson tweeted about their discussion pertaining to whether fish sleep (and yes, fish sleep, for the record).

As McCarthy put it, "We're similarly socially awkward people with dry senses of humor."

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Greinke throws in bullpen, feels 'same as I did last year'

Greinke throws in bullpen, feels 'same as I did last year'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After throwing his first bullpen session since a Thursday elbow injection, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said he has no more concern about his health now than he did a year ago.

"It's the same as I did last year, at the end of the year, at the beginning of the year, in the offseason and the last time I talked to you guys," said Greinke. "There's always a little bit of concern."

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Veteran right-hander Gaudin in camp with Dodgers

Swingman has pitched for nine big league teams in 11 seasons

Veteran right-hander Gaudin in camp with Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers' collection of veteran pitchers continued to grow Wednesday with the signing of free agent right-hander Chad Gaudin to a Minor League contract with a big league camp invitation.

Gaudin, 32 next month, failed a physical with Philadelphia last spring. He then underwent a foraminotomy procedure by back specialist Robert Watkins to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck that caused a loss of feeling and dexterity in his hand and forearm. He missed the entire 2014 season.

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