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Kemp, Manny get productive vs. White Sox

Kemp, Manny get productive vs. White Sox

at Phoenix
Saturday, March 6

White Sox at the plate: Former Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre had an RBI infield single and a stolen base. Alejandro De Aza had a pair of infield singles and scored a run. Jared Mitchell had a pair of RBI doubles and C.J. Retherford added another.

Dodgers at the plate: Manny Ramirez's walk leading off the second inning was cashed in by Casey Blake's RBI single. Matt Kemp and Ramirez doubled in a run apiece.

White Sox on the mound: Freddy Garcia allowed one run on two hits. Bobby Jenks followed and allowed RBI doubles to Kemp and Ramirez. Tony Pena had two strikeouts in one scoreless inning.

Dodgers on the mound: Fifth-starter candidates Eric Stults and Russ Ortiz tossed two scoreless innings each, but James McDonald struggled, allowing three runs in two innings. Jeff Weaver took the loss by allowing three runs on four hits in the seventh. Eric Gagne, in his first game back, allowed two runs in one inning.

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Worth noting: Stults and Ortiz were so efficient in their innings, both went down to the bullpen to make another 15 throws to build their endurance.

Cactus League records: White Sox 2-1; Dodgers 1-1

Up next: With rain in the forecast, the Dodgers are scheduled to travel to Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday for a game against the Cubs, but familiar Dodgers will be few and far between. Of the seven known position starters, none are expected to make the trip. Clayton Kershaw, the likely Opening Day starter, will be there, as will Rule 5 picks Carlos Monasterios and Armando Zerpa.

Jake Peavy is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start for the White Sox at Camelback Ranch against the Cubs. If the rain in the forecast materializes, then pitching coach Don Cooper and Peavy will decide whether he moves back a day or throws a simulated game in the batting cages. But if the weather holds, then the battle for the last White Sox relief spot also will be on display. Daniel Cabrera, who struggled to find the strike zone during Tuesday's "B" game against the Dodgers, is set to throw an inning, as is Sergio Santos, who struck out the side in his one inning on Thursday against the Angels.

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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