Dodgers' relief corps off to rollicking start

Dodgers' relief corps off to rollicking start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The six relievers most likely to make the Opening Day pitching staff are off to a pretty good start.

Javy Guerra, Kenley Jansen, Scott Elbert, Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal and Todd Coffey have each pitched two scoreless innings, one each by Guerrier, MacDougal and Coffey in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Cubs. For the spring, the six have allowed a combined six hits, with nine walks and 13 strikeouts.

Although the Sunday line on Guerrier looks the worst -- three walks and a strikeout -- manager Don Mattingly sees significant improvement over his form from last spring, when he struggled with adjusting to a new environment after signing a three-year, $12 million contract.

"He's really throwing the ball well for me," said Mattingly. "He's got a sharper look to him. His stuff has a lot of movement. It seems different. You can just tell by the quality of pitches."

Mattingly has no complaints with any of the six.

"Right now it looks good," he said. "It's spring. We're winning games this year. Last year we weren't swinging the bats. I don't really know what it means. Last year we weren't hitting, and we said it didn't matter, and we started slow. We're just trying to get ready. But I do like to put wins on the board."