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Manny homers, Padilla hits wall in loss

Manny homers, Padilla hits wall in loss

ROYALS 8, DODGERS 4
at Phoenix
Friday, March 26

Royals at the plate: Billy Butler had three hits, including an RBI single in a three-run fifth inning. Kila Ka'aihue had two hits and two RBIs, including a homer leading off the ninth inning. David DeJesus tripled home Chris Getz in the fifth. Former Dodger Wilson Betemit's double leading off the fourth inning led to a run when the Dodgers made two bad throws on a possible double-play grounder.

Dodgers at the plate: Manny Ramirez slugged his second home run of the spring. Matt Kemp's third-inning RBI bloop single cashed in a single by Brad Ausmus, who returned to action after having lower back pain. Blake DeWitt had a double, an RBI single and was singled home by A.J. Ellis.

Royals on the mound: Cy Young starter Zack Greinke was charged with four runs in 5 2/3 innings, including a solo home run by Ramirez. He allowed seven hits and one walk, striking out three. Dusty Hughes allowed an inherited runner of Greinke's to score, but also had two scoreless innings.

Dodgers on the mound: Opening Day starter Vicente Padilla hit the wall in the fifth inning, allowing hits to four of the five batters he faced. He was charged with four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Jonathan Broxton and George Sherrill pitched on consecutive days for the first time this spring with different results. Broxton allowed an infield single in a scoreless inning, but Sherrill struggled, walking two and allowing a run in two-thirds of an inning. Carlos Monasterios moved another batter closer to making the team by striking out Jose Guillen to bail Sherrill out of his jam.

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Worth noting: The Dodgers confirmed that infielder Ronnie Belliard satisfied his weight clause, guaranteeing an $825,000 base salary. Belliard's contract would have been guaranteed regardless of his weight as long as he made the club, which never was in doubt. In a Minor League game, Russell Martin caught six innings and went 2-for-6 leading off each inning. Eric Stults started and allowed two runs in one inning.

Cactus League records: Royals 10-10-3; Dodgers 8-11-1.

Up next: Charlie Haeger, the apparent front-runner in the murky competition for fifth starter, gets the call Saturday for the Dodgers against Ian Snell and the Mariners at Camelback Ranch. As a knuckleballer, Haeger could almost fill two roles, starting every five days, while coming out of the bullpen once or twice between starts. That versatility is one of the reasons he seems to be highly regarded by management. Haeger will be followed by Russ Ortiz, another contender for the fifth starter spot.

Rick Ankiel, who hasn't been in a Cactus League game since March 11, will return to the Royals' lineup as designated hitter against the Oakland A's at 3:05 p.m. CT on Saturday at Surprise Stadium. Ankiel, out with a sore right ankle, was to return to center field on Sunday. The Royals will pitch Bryan Bullington and Robinson Tejeda. The A's will start Justin Duchscherer, who missed all last season with an elbow injury and then a diagnosis of clinical depression.

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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