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Marmol allows HR in first Minors appearance

Marmol allows HR in first Minors appearance

Marmol allows HR in first Minors appearance

PHOENIX -- Reliever Carlos Marmol served up a home run to the first batter he faced Wednesday, the only run he allowed in one inning while pitching for the Dodgers' Class A affiliate, Rancho Cucamonga.

Marmol was acquired from the Cubs on July 2 along with financial considerations that included $209,700 in international signing space. In return, the Cubs received reliever Matt Guerrier, who, like Marmol, had been designated for assignment.

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With general manager Ned Colletti in attendance, Marmol also allowed a single, struck out one and made a wild pickoff throw to first base while facing High Desert.

The Dodgers are hopeful they can resurrect Marmol, who they believe needs, in addition to the mechanical tweaks, a change of scenery after losing the Cubs' closer role and becoming a target of Wrigley Field critics.

Marmol accepted the assignment and reported to the club's Camelback Ranch complex in Glendale, Ariz., to work with instructors.

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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