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Dodgers, Angels and thinking about center field

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers beat the Angels 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at a sweltering Tempe Diablo Stadium, and the story of the game revolved around center field.

Mike Trout of the Angels, the game's best player, went to the deepest part of the ballpark in the first inning to rob Alex Guerrero of an extra-base hit.

But Guerrero, who has been hitting and hitting and hitting all spring, got some revenge in the third inning, eschewing center field in favor of a smash over the wall in left field for his third home run of the spring.

Guerrero later added a single to - you guessed it, center field - and is hitting .368/.385/.605 this spring.

Joc Pederson, who has grabbed hold of the Dodgers' center field job tightly with both hands - even if manager Don Mattingly isn't yet willing to officially anoint Pederson the starter - hit a ball well beyond center field in the second inning, his fifth home run of the spring.

Pederson is hitting .373/.407/.745 this spring.

Chris Heisey, one of the Dodgers reserves options in center field, saw his skid run to 0-for-19 (including just three strikeouts during that span) before snapping it with a double in the seventh inning ... to center field. Heisey is now 3-for-37 this spring.

Then to top things off, the final three innings of the game in center field for the Dodgers were played by Michael Medina, a Dominican right-hander to whom the Dodgers paid a $275,000 bonus in 2013.

Medina is so young that even Julio Urias is old than him, by 12 days. Medina struck out in his only at-bat, in the ninth inning.

Up next

The Dodgers split their squad on Sunday for the final time this spring, with Tim Wallach managing the troops in Scottsdale against the Giants, including Carlos Frias on the mound. At Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers host the Rangers, with Brandon McCarthy starting.