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Friday Dodger Notes: Kershaw Solid, Chapman the Real Deal

Here are some notes from Dodgertown, after today's game, a 3-2 loss to Cincinnati:

  • Clayton Kershaw gave up a pair of hits and a pair of walks in his three scoreless innings of work, striking out three
  • Aroldis Chapman gave up only two infield singles in his two innings of work, striking out two batters.  Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Chapman had this pitch speed sequence to Matt Kemp, which resulted in a strikeout on a slider: 100, 85, 99, 87, 83, 97, 90.  I can't wait to watch the video later tonight.
  • Angelo Songco, the Dodgers' fourth round pick last year out of Loyola Marymount, had an RBI double in the ninth inning which produced the Dodgers' first run of the game
  • Ivan DeJesus, making his first "A" game start of the spring, had two hits in his two at-bats (though he was also caught stealing in what looked to be a missed sign)
  • Jason Repko made a great throw from left field, on the fly to catcher Brad Ausmus, to nail Jay Bruce, who was trying to score from second base on a single in the first inning
  • Third base coach Larry Bowa left in the middle of the game and was taken to the emergency room because of stomach cramps, says Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times.
  • Don Mattingly, on Doug Mientkiewicz, who made his third straight start at first base: "He was fine. We were worried about him throwing, it looks like he can make that throw ok. He loves being out there."
  • Tom Singer of profiled Garret Anderson, set to make his spring debut Sunday.  Anderson sounds happy to be near home:

"There are 30 teams out there, and to get a chance to play at home is definitely a blessing. I grew up in a community 20 minutes away from Dodger Stadium. I watched games there growing up. When you get to a place like that, it's special; it takes you back to your childhood."

  • Of Anderson, Mattingly said the Dodgers "first priority will be getting him in the outfield and getting at-bats. If he wants to work out at first, we'll take a look."
  • The Dodgers signed 27-year old left-handed pitcher Sean Thompson to a minor league contract, per Our Sports Central.  Thompson pitched independent league baseball the past two years after six year in the minor league systems of the Padres, Royals, and Rockies.
  • Charley Steiner still can't pronounce the last name of Carlos Monasterios, adding an extra t to make it "Montasterios."
  • Follow Ramona Shelburne's travelogue of the Dodgers' trip to Taiwan on ESPN L.A.
  • We will have a game thread for the second game of the Taiwan series, which starts tonight at 10pm.

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