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Dodgers Notes: Three Southpaws Dominate The Day

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Clayton Kershaw threw 43 pitches (32 strikes) in his four scoreless innings today against the Reds, facing the minimum 12 batters.
Clayton Kershaw threw 43 pitches (32 strikes) in his four scoreless innings today against the Reds, facing the minimum 12 batters.

The Dodgers beat the Reds today, 2-0 at Camelback Ranch, but the main news today revolves around three left-handers. Clayton Kershaw made his second start of the spring today, and was magnificent. He pitched four scoreless innings, striking out three (including reigning MVP Joey Votto twice). Kershaw was slated to throw 60 pitches today, and by unofficial count he threw 43 in his four innings of work, 32 for strikes.

"He had every pitch working, the change up, the curveball, the slider, the fastball," said Rod Barajas of Kershaw, during the KABC broadcast. "He showed no effects of it being his second spring start. He was money today." Kershaw faced the minimum 12 batters, as his two baserunners were erased via double play and de facto pickoff at first base by Barajas. Kershaw has allowed one unearned run in seven innings so far this spring.

Hong-Chih Kuo, who is on a separate throwing program from the rest of the staff, threw live batting practice today, throwing 20 pitches to Trayvon Robinson and Trent Oeltjen, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. The plan for Kuo is to throw a bullpen session Monday, then see his first game action of the spring on Wednesday. Luckily, Wednesday's game, against Seattle at Camelback Ranch, will be televised by Prime Ticket and MLB Network.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers continue to await the MRI results on James Loney's stiff left knee.

UPDATE (9 p.m.): Dr. Neal ElAttrache arrived in Arizona to review Loney's MRI results, and there is nothing serious, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. Loney could play as soon as Wednesday.

Notes

  • Matt Kemp drove in the Dodgers' first run of the day with an RBI double in the fourth inning. Kemp has five hits in 12 at-bats this spring.
  • John Lindsey, who has been battling a sore left calf all spring, doubled in the seventh inning in his first plate appearance of the spring
  • Dee Gordon singled in the ninth inning, then stole his first base of the spring, and scored the Dodgers' second run of the game on an RBI single by Trent Oeltjen.
  • Non-roster pitchers Lance Cormier, Jon Huber, Roman Colon, Wilkin De La Rosa, and Oscar Villarreal followed Kershaw and combined for five scoreless innings; the group allowed a total of four hits and a walk, but didn't strikeout a single batter until the final out of the game (Villarreal got Miguel Cairo swinging to end it)
  • Chad Billingsley starts for the Dodgers tomorrow in Mesa against the Cubs. Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert, Ramon Troncoso, Luis Vasquez, and Carlos Monasterios are also scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers.

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