at Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, March 13
Dodgers at the plate: Blake DeWitt was the offensive star for the Dodgers as he hit a three-run homer in the third inning. It was the first hit of the game for the Dodgers and it scored Andrew Lambo and Ivan DeJesus, who had both walked.D-backs at the plate: Two players battling for the final spot on the Arizona bench both had good days. Tony Abreu started at shortstop and smacked a two-run triple to left-center in the fifth that scored Evan Frey and Rusty Ryal. Speaking of Ryal, he hit his second home run of the spring in the sixth inning, a solo shot. Brandon Allen also homered in the seventh. Conor Jackson reached base his first two times up, doubling in the first and being hit with a pitch in the third.
D-backs on the mound: Walks hurt starter Kevin Mulvey. The right-hander allowed just one hit -- a homer by DeWitt, but it was a three-run shot thanks to a pair of walks preceding it. Mulvey, who is battling for a spot in the rotation, walked three and fanned four in his three innings. Closer Chad Qualls continues to look fully recovered from last year's gruesome knee injury as he tossed a scoreless inning for the third straight appearance.Worth noting: The game was a sellout with a crowd of 11,571, the first sellout at Tucson Electric Park since March 15, 2009, when the D-backs hosted to the Cubs. Cactus League records: Dodgers 2-5-1; D-backs 4-5-1 Up next: The Dodgers return to Camelback Ranch on Sunday to take on the Rangers, with Hiroki Kuroda set for his second start in a game in which Garret Anderson is expected to make his Dodgers debut, possibly at his new position of first base. Anderson could also have a reunion with Texas DH Vladimir Guerrero, his teammate with the Angels from 2004-08.
The D-backs will play split-squad games Sunday, one of which will be the club's annual game in Hermosillo, Mexico. In that game, the D-backs will send Rodrigo Lopez to the mound. In the other game, Billy Buckner, the leading candidate for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, will get the start against the Rangers in Surprise, Ariz.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less