GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While Clayton Kershaw was fanning seven in three innings and Luis Cruz was homering coming off food poisoning, several Dodgers who are flying under the radar are making people take notice.
Alfredo Amezaga, a non-roster utility man apparently healthy after years of knee injuries, went 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs coming off a three-hit game and is batting .455. Amezaga, who won the batting title in the Mexican Winter League, is the starting center fielder on Team Mexico for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Elian Herrera, who filled in well last year when Mark Ellis was injured, had a two-run single Thursday and is 4-for-10. Brian Barden, another non-roster utility man, went 1-for-2 and his average dropped to .667 (6-for-9).
Starting infielders Cruz and Ellis had two RBIs each. Cruz, who said the bad fish his family ate also made his mother-in-law sick, said he felt better Thursday than he thought he would after needing intravenous fluids for dehydration Wednesday.
Also off to a fast start this spring is reliever Josh Wall, who added a scoreless inning and now has four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.