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Kershaw sets tone as Dodgers stymie Reds

Kershaw sets tone as Dodgers stymie Reds

Kershaw sets tone as Dodgers stymie Reds
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw pitched four scoreless innings and Matt Kemp doubled home a run as the Dodgers beat the Reds Saturday, 2-0.

Kershaw dueled with Bronson Arroyo, who threw three scoreless innings for the Reds. Kershaw also allowed a single and walk with three strikeouts. Arroyo allowed one hit.

The Dodgers scored in the fourth inning off Logan Ondrusek, who hit Casey Blake with a pitch. One out later, Kemp doubled into the left-field corner to score Blake.

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Lance Cormier and Jon Huber, non-roster invitees trying to win roster spots for the Dodgers, each pitched a scoreless inning.

Scott Carroll followed Ondrusek with two scoreless innings for the Reds.

Trent Oeltjen drove in Dee Gordon, who added a stolen base, in the eighth to finish the scoring.

Up next: Johnny Cueto will make his second start of the spring as the Reds return to Goodyear Ballpark and host a Cubs split squad in a contest available on Gameday Audio at 12:05 p.m. PT. Closer Francisco Cordero will follow with his third appearance of spring, likely in the early innings. Through two innings, Cordero has allowed one run and three hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Bullpen contenders Daniel Ray Herrera and Jared Burton are also scheduled to see action.

With James Loney out for a second game, the Dodgers' road contest against the other Cubs contingent in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday will provide an opportunity to look at some young first base candidates. Jerry Sands and John Lindsey are likely to get playing time, as Russell Mitchell started Saturday at first base. The trio could be fighting for a roster spot if Loney's knee injury turns serious. Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers against Ryan Dempster in the contest available on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio at 12:05 PT. Among the relievers following Billingsley will be Scott Elbert, who has walked six of 10 batters he's faced this spring, and Ramon Troncoso, who is showing his 2009 form so far.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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