7:05pm, Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, AZ
Ronnie Belliard gets his first start of the spring at first base tonight, giving James Loney a day off. Belliard, who played a few innings at first base for the first time this spring yesterday, has played 57 career games at first base in his career, including 26 starts.
Today the minor league games started, including the Dodgers' Double A and Triple A teams playing the Reds at Camelback Ranch. Scott Elbert and Brent Leach, among others, pitched for the Triple A team, which included Garret Anderson, getting in some at bats to accelerate his readiness for the season. Dee Gordon smacked a home run to right field in the Double A game. Cole St. Clair, an imposing southpaw pitcher, stood out to me. Watching him pitch a few innings, one thing is evident: he breaks bats. Ethan Martin, who pitched at low Class A Great Lakes last year, is currently with the Double A team in camp, so read into that what you will. He was charting pitches today.
Here are the lineups tonight against the Padres: