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Dodgers spring training notes: Home runs galore, Joe Wieland starts Tuesday

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On the final Sunday of spring training, here are some leftover news items from Dodgers camp at Camelback Ranch.

The Dodgers hit three home runs in two games on Sunday — Joc Pederson, Kiké Hernandez and Buck Britton hit them — and have 45 home runs in 29 games, leading all of baseball this spring training.

"The balls are flying right now," said manager Don Mattingly. "It's hot."

The Dodgers will turn to Joe Wieland to start Tuesday's game against the White Sox, one of two open dates that were left on the spring schedule. Wieland, who was optioned to the minors on March 16, remains a possibility to start in place of Hyun-Jin Ryu in early April.

The other open date is Thursday, the first game of the Freeway Series in Anaheim against the Angels. No starter has been announced for that game, though David Huff — who started Saturday in Tempe — would be on regular rest.

Juan Uribe was originally in Sunday's starting lineup against the Rangers but was scratched with an illness. Manager Don Mattingly later clarified that Uribe had an upper respiratory ailment and was sent home. The illness isn't considered serious, and Uribe is expected back on Monday. In fact, he is in the starting lineup against the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields.

Paco Rodriguez was on the list of available relievers to pitch on Sunday against the Rangers, but didn't pitch. Three other relief pitchers did pitch after Brandon McCarthy - Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell and Chris Hatcher - and Mattingly said there just wasn't enough innings on Sunday. We'll see if Rodriguez gets added to the list of pitchers for Monday at Salt River.

Adrian Beltre hit two doubles against the Dodgers on Sunday, including one off of just one knee against Brandon McCarthy, who said Beltre has also homered against him off one knee.

"He's a nightmare to face, and a fun guy to watch," McCarthy said.

Up next

Brett Anderson starts for the Dodgers on Monday afternoon against the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields. Old friend Allen Webster starts for Arizona.