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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jason Lane was all about the home run on Wednesday in the Dodgers' 9-5 win over the Padres at Camelback Ranch.

The Dodgers hit three home runs off of Lane in the game, one prodigious shot by Yasiel Puig in the first inning and solo shots by Joc Pederson and Justin Turner in the fourth, while Lane - a converted outfielder - hit one of his own in the fifth inning as well.

Scott Van Slyke added a home run of his own, giving the Dodgers 37 home runs in 24 games, the most in the majors this spring.

Not that manager Don Mattingly has been keeping track of spring statistics.

"I don't really know. You like to see guys swing the bat well, and you'd like to win games. I don't even know what our record is right now," Mattingly said. "I just look in general at how guys are swinging the bat."

The Dodgers' record after Wednesday's win is 12-6-6, by the way.


Andre Ethier didn't homer, but he did hit two doubles. He has a six-game Cactus League hitting streak, during which he is 9-for-17 (.529) with four doubles and a home run.

Paco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts, and is scheduled to pitch again on Thursday, his first back-to-back outings of the spring.

Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless ninth inning with a walk and a strikeout and like Rodriguez sports a 0.00 ERA. Asked if Garcia was given serious consideration for a bullpen spot, Mattingly said, "He's still here. He's not on the other side, he's not in the barracks over there."

Carl Crawford was 1-for-6 with a stolen base against Rangers Class-A pitchers in a minor league game at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday.

Chad Gaudin, recovering from a "tweak" to his right bicep on Saturday, will pitch two innings in a minor league game on Thursday against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

A.J. Ellis will play in a minor league game against the White Sox on Thursday, in an effort to get more plate appearances against live pitching.

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The Dodgers are back at Camelback Ranch on Thursday but are the designated road team against the White Sox. a Clayton Kershaw gets the start for Los Angeles, facing old friend Brad Penny for Chicago.