Sons make their big league fathers proud

Sons make their big league fathers proud

Sons make their big league fathers proud
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers turned loose the sons of Major Leaguers in their Cactus League opener Monday against the White Sox.

Seven are in the Major League clubhouse this spring, five of them played Monday and four of them hit for the cycle in a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer from outfielder Scott Van Slyke, son of former All-Star outfielder Andy Van Slyke.

The home run brought home Ivan DeJesus Jr., son of the former Dodgers infielder, who tripled home Justin Sellers, the son of former pitcher Jeff Sellers. Sellers had doubled to score Tony Gwynn Jr., son of the Hall of Famer, who had singled and stole second.

"That's crazy," said Van Slyke, the organization's position player of the year last season. "I don't think it's a big deal, but it's really cool."

The other sons of Major Leaguers are shortstop Dee Gordon, son of former reliever Tom Gordon, infielder Jerry Hairston Jr., son of the former outfielder, and catcher Matt Wallach, son of former All-Star third baseman and current Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach.

As for the offensive regulars, Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis doubled and James Loney singled. Josh Fields was the only Dodger with two hits.

Chad Billingsley was sharp in two scoreless innings and afterward said his mechanical adjustment seems to be working.