Mattingly era gets off to slow start

Mattingly era gets off to slow start

Mattingly era gets off to slow start
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Don Mattingly's exhibition-season debut as Dodgers manager got off to a rocky start with a pair of split-squad losses on Saturday.

Mattingly was in charge against the Giants in an 8-3 defeat, the Dodgers outhitting the champions, 15-11, but stranding 14 runners. Afterward, Mattingly admitted he was "a little bit" more nervous than he thought he would be, the combination of his first game against the rival -- and World Series champion -- Giants.

"It was just the first one, and I didn't feel it this morning, but over here a little bit," he said.

Despite the scoreboard result, Mattingly said he was pleased with the fundamental execution on defense and running the bases.

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He said it was awkward starting the exhibition season with simultaneous split-squad games. The other squad, managed by Triple-A manager Lorenzo Bundy, lost to the Angels, 4-1.

"You want to see everybody, and you don't like the fact you don't get to see that part of the club somewhere else," he said. "But the first day you're not doing a whole lot other than seeing what the guys can do."

What Mattingly did see were two scoreless innings from starter Tim Redding, who overcame a bad stomach while making his first appearance since ending last season pitching in Korea; non-roster outfielder Gabe Kapler, fighting for a job, singling in a run and making four putouts; Minor Leaguer Corey Smith doubling in a pair of runs off former Dodgers reliever Guillermo Mota; Carlos Monasterios and Oscar Villarreal allowing four earned runs each; and top shortstop prospect Dee Gordon grab a bad-hopper and turn it into a double-play, even if he overran the ball a bit while rushing to the second-base bag.

Against the Angels, Hiroki Kuroda turned in two scoreless innings, while top pitching prospect Rubby De La Rosa allowed a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo. Matt Kemp had one of three Dodgers hits.

Before the game, Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo and Chad Billingsley took their scheduled bullpen sessions and Dana Eveland had his first bullpen of the spring after straining a hamstring in the first workout. He said he's not 100 percent but was able to push off the mound with the healing leg.