Dodgers blast off, Urias part of stingy pitching vs. Crew

Ellis, Guerrero, Sweeney homer; club's No. 2 prospect fans two as arms allow first hit in 7th

Dodgers blast off, Urias part of stingy pitching vs. Crew

PHOENIX -- Four Dodgers pitchers combined to allow no hits through six innings, and three Dodgers hitters homered as a Los Angeles split squad rolled to a big early lead and a 10-1 victory over the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park on Friday.

A.J. Ellis hit a three-run home run to cap a five-run second inning, Alex Guerrero hit a two-run shot in the third and Darnell Sweeney added insurance with a blast in the seventh. The Dodgers have already hit five home runs in their first three Cactus League games; the Brewers have yet to go deep.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Huff starts strong, Dickson punctuates win over Seattle

Dodgers lefty allows one hit over two innings; first baseman blasts second spring homer

Huff starts strong, Dickson punctuates win over Seattle

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers benefited from some shoddy Seattle defense Friday afternoon, as they rode five unearned runs to a 7-4 victory over the Mariners.

Chris Taylor led the way for Seattle with a homer, a triple and three RBIs -- an impressive display for a player competing for the starting shortstop job. His efforts weren't enough, though, as the Dodgers rallied late, led mostly by their Minor Leaguers.

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Urias wins admiration of Valenzuela in Cactus debut

Urias wins admiration of Valenzuela in Cactus debut

PHOENIX -- Facing proven Major League hitters -- including two-time National League All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez -- in his Cactus League debut on Friday against the Brewers, 18-year-old left-hander Julio Urias showed why he is one of the game's most heralded prospects.

With his father, grandfather and brother in the crowd at Maryvale Baseball Park, the kid from Culiacan, Mexico, struck out two of the first four hitters he faced, and departed after issuing his third walk. He did not allow a hit or a run. He retired three Brewers regulars -- Scooter Gennett, Jean Segura and Gomez -- in succession to end the third inning and open the fourth.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greinke on schedule after positive BP session

Dodgers starter comes away with no pain after receiving mid-February injection in right elbow

Greinke on schedule after positive BP session

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke looked sharp Friday, facing hitters for the first time this spring. Perhaps more importantly, he came away from his live batting practice session pain free.

Greinke, who threw 36 pitches and faced 10 Minor League hitters during the session, had an injection in his right elbow in mid-February (the injection was nothing more than annual maintenance, the Dodgers say). He's on track to throw one more bullpen session before starting on Wednesday against the Cubs (1:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV).

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Lyle Spencer

Spring growth: Puig a more poised presence

Dodgers star outfielder studying at Rollins' school of experience and professionalism

Spring growth: Puig a more poised presence

PHOENIX -- There is something distinctly different this spring about Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers right fielder is more relaxed and composed, more professional in bearing. He isn't drawing attention to himself, whether he's on the field, in the clubhouse or in the team dining room, interacting with club personnel.

There will be skeptics, not without justification based on past behaviors. But Puig, in actions and words, appears committed to reshaping his image as a conscientious pro driven to take full advantage of his wondrous gifts after two spectacularly unpredictable Major League seasons.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pederson keeping hot spring start in perspective

With center-field job at stake, Dodgers prospect focusing on consistent preparation

Pederson keeping hot spring start in perspective

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Joc Pederson doesn't want you reading too much into his hot start to Spring Training. He doesn't exactly have the biggest sample size to work with, after all.

But 3-for-4 is certainly a better way to start Spring Training than 0-for-4, especially when you're a 22-year-old rookie competing for a starting job.

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Kershaw: Spring debut was 'good first day'

Kershaw: Spring debut was 'good first day'

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw is fine. His 2015 debut looked a lot like his 2014 National League Most Valuable Player/Cy Young Award-winning season. Starting against the unfortunate Chicago White Sox on Thursday, Kershaw pitched two perfect innings in the 6-1 win. He struck out three without allowing a ball hit out of the infield.

Kershaw needed only 20 pitches and then went to the bullpen to get more work in before sounding pretty pleased, which he almost never does, even when he pitches well.

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Dodgers' bullpen roles not likely to be decided soon

Dodgers' bullpen roles not likely to be decided soon

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With closer Kenley Jansen's injury and the setup-man issues from last season, every scoreless inning by the Dodgers' bullpen this spring will provide true relief.

So manager Don Mattingly praised just about everybody who came out of the bullpen after Clayton Kershaw to face the White Sox on Thursday. Scoreless innings were turned in by Brandon League, Chris Hatcher, Dan Coulombe and Ryan Buchter, and two scoreless from Joe Wieland.

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Kershaw, Puig set LA on path to win over White Sox

Lefty perfect in spring debut; outfielder has first-inning RBI in victory

Kershaw, Puig set LA on path to win over White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After Clayton Kershaw shut down six straight White Sox hitters over two innings Thursday to open the Dodgers' eventual 6-1 win over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, opposing hurler John Danks gave his assessment of the Dodgers starter's chances for success.

"He's going to need a good Spring Training," said Danks with a broad smile.

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Mattingly confirms spring debuts for Greinke, Ryu

Mattingly confirms spring debuts for Greinke, Ryu

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on Thursday confirmed that he plans to start Zack Greinke on Wednesday and Hyun-Jin Ryu the following day.

Both players missed their first Spring Training start with physical issues. Greinke from a maintenance elbow injection, and Ryu with mid-back stiffness.

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March 12 Dodgers-Padres game moved to 6:15 p.m. PT

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers and Padres moved the start time for their March 12 Spring Training game in Peoria to 6:15 p.m. PT from the original 1:05 p.m.

The change is to accommodate a request by MLB, which is collaborating with HBO to film a special that day in Arizona.

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Dodgers scout who signed Sutton, Lopes passes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Longtime Dodgers scout John Keenan, a prolific acquirer of talent, died Thursday.

Keenan, a Dodgers scout from 1962-98, had the distinction of signing a Hall of Famer, Don Sutton, as well as All-Stars Davey Lopes and Bill Russell. He also signed Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe.

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Phil Rogers

Ethier must prove his worth in crowded outfield

Ethier must prove his worth in crowded outfield

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andre Ethier got it right.

Ethier wasn't making waves or creating problems when he said he wants to be a regular this season, either with the Dodgers or someone else. Now he just needs to turn back the clock a little and become the player he was before the Dodgers discovered Yasiel Puig and traded for Carl Crawford.

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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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Pederson off to good start with pair of hits

Single, double in spring opener may boost confidence

Pederson off to good start with pair of hits

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- An 18-game September sample was too small for Don Mattingly to worry about Joc Pederson's .143 average, just as Pederson's two hits in Wednesday's Cactus League opener won't win him a starting job.

"But for him, to get a couple hits will only relax him," the manager said after Pederson singled and doubled in the Dodgers' 6-4 loss to the White Sox. "It's better than going 0-for-15. I'm sure it'll help his confidence and help him relax."

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Bedard, Guerrero take different stance on Minors

Lefty willing to go to Triple-A; Cuban learning third

Bedard, Guerrero take different stance on Minors

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Erik Bedard and Alex Guerrero have about as little in common as two Dodgers could, including the way they will handle a Minor League assignment.

Bedard was the Dodgers' starting pitcher in Wednesday's Cactus League opener, allowing one run in two innings to the White Sox, who scored a 6-4 victory. If the Dodgers' five established starting pitchers are healthy, Bedard reiterated that he will go to Triple-A and be ready if needed in Los Angeles.

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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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Jim Callis

Pederson a Top 15 fantasy rookie prospect

Bryant, Soler have most potential for big league production in 2015

Pederson a Top 15 fantasy rookie prospect

Good news, Cubs fans. The last three times your favorite team has featured the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner (Geovany Soto in 2008, Kerry Wood in 1998 and Jerome Walton in '89), it has advanced to the postseason. And Chicago has the top two rookie candidates for 2015.

Third baseman Kris Bryant and outfielder Jorge Soler have the power to help the Cubs back to the playoffs for the first time in seven years. They're not only the strongest candidates for Rookie of the Year Award honors, they're also the best fantasy prospects.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hurst named field coordinator for Dodgers' Dominican academy

Hurst named field coordinator for Dodgers' Dominican academy

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers have hired former Boston Red Sox All-Star Bruce Hurst as field coordinator of their Campo Las Palmas academy in the Dominican Republic.

Last year's field coordinator at Campo Las Palmas was Kremlin Martinez, who will be the organization's lower-level roving pitching coordinator.

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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.