Dodgers name starters for Cactus openers

Dodgers name starters for Cactus openers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- You can tell which pitchers Dodgers management wants to get an early look at just from the names selected to pitch in Saturday's Cactus League-opening split-squad games.

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Hiroki Kuroda will start at Tempe against the Angels and will be followed by Rubby De La Rosa, last year's organization Minor League Pitcher of the Year who has jumped over a handful of big-bonus first-round Draft picks. Lance Cormier, who pitched well for Tampa last year and seems to have a good shot at making the bullpen as a non-roster pitcher, also is scheduled.

Opening at Scottsdale against the Giants will be non-roster right-hander Tim Redding, apparently getting first crack at sneaking into the picture as the "sixth starter" in the wake of Vicente Padilla's arm injury.

The 33-year-old Redding spent all of last year in the Minor Leagues with the Yankees and Rockies, but his 144 Major League starts are more than any other non-roster pitcher in camp. Redding was twice a 10-game winner in the Majors, most recently in 2008 with Washington.

Redding has an out on his contract; if he's not on the club by June 15, he can leave to sign for teams in Japan or Korea.