Loney slugs first homer for Dodgers

Loney slugs first homer for Dodgers

at Phoenix
Wednesday, March 17

White Sox at the plate: Slimmed-down former Dodger Andruw Jones slugged a three-run homer, an RBI double, drove in four runs, stole third base and walked. Carlos Quentin hit a pair of doubles. Paul Konerko, another former Dodger, had two hits.

Dodgers at the plate: James Loney slugged his first home run of the spring in the second inning.

White Sox on the mound: Jake Peavy allowed one run on three hits over five innings with six strikeouts. Matt Thornton and Tony Pena pitched one scoreless inning of relief each.

Dodgers on the mound: Fifth starter candidate Russ Ortiz was charged with two earned runs while allowing six hits and two walks in four innings. Ramon Troncoso served up a three-run blast to Jones. Rule 5 pick Carlos Monasterios made a strong play for a staff spot with three hitless innings.

Worth noting: Clayton Kershaw threw five innings, Eric Stults threw 25 pitches and Jonathan Broxton and George Sherrill threw 15 pitches each in a morning Minor League game for the Dodgers. It was Kershaw's turn to pitch, but management wanted to see Russ Ortiz pitch against Major Leaguers. Sherrill showed considerable improvement after a rugged beginning to spring.

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Cactus League records: White Sox 6-7-3; Dodgers 4-6-1.

Up next: The White Sox have their lone scheduled Cactus League off-day on Thursday, with only Gavin Floyd set to throw. Floyd wasn't sure as of Wednesday whether he would start in a Minor League game on the back fields of Camelback Ranch or just work through a simulated game. The White Sox resume play on Friday, playing host to the Cubs for the fourth and final game between the two this spring. The Cubs hold the series edge, 2-1, winning both games last weekend in Las Vegas.

Chad Billingsley starts against the Cubs on Thursday, but two of the relievers that follow him -- Jeff Weaver and knuckleballer Charlie Haeger -- appear to be in a battle for the swingman job Weaver filled last year. Haeger's ability to pitch on consecutive days could allow the Dodgers to keep an 11-man pitching staff and an extra bench player. Manager Joe Torre said Manny Ramirez will make his defensive debut this week, and it could come in this game. Ramirez has been exclusively a designated hitter in games so far.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.