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Belliard Gets First Spring Start at First Base

Dodgers (5-6-1) at Padres (5-9)

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.

Happy 22nd birthday to Clayton Kershaw, who will make a cool $440,000 this season, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.

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:

Dodgers      Padres
SS Furcal CF Gwynn
CF Kemp 2B Eckstein    
RF Ethier 1B Gonzalez
LF Manny LF Blanks      
3B Blake 3B Headley
1B Belliard      RF Venable
2B Carroll C Torrealba
C Ellis   SS Cabrera
P Kuroda P Young

James McDonald, Chris Withrow, Justin Miller, and Hong-Chih Kuo are scheduled to pitch after Kuroda for the Dodgers.  The only other pitcher on the trip for the Dodgers is Hyang-Nam Choi.

Other players from minor league camp making the trip are infielder Elian Herrera and outfielders Preston Mattingly, Tommy Giles, and Timo Perez.  The other players from major league camp in Peoria tonight are Nick Green, Doug Mientkiewicz, Angel Berroa, Chin-Lung Hu, Lucas May, Justin Knoedler, J.D. Closser, Reed Johnson, Jason Repko, and Xavier Paul.

Scheduled to pitch for San Diego tonight are Chris Young, Heath Bell, Greg Burke, Mike Adams, and Joe Thatcher.

The Padres lead all major league teams this spring with 26 stolen bases.