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Alex Guerrero homers in win over Brewers

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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Alex Guerrero continued his torrid early start to spring training on Friday, with two hits, including a home run in the Dodgers' 10-1 win over the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Guerrero played four innings at third base on Friday, and with his single and home run is now 5-for-7 (.714) in his three Cactus League games.

"[A fast start] is very important. There is a very short window to make the team," Guerrero said. "I've prepared a lot in the offseason, so I have to jump right in with a short time to prove myself. Mentally I'm confident, I'm relaxed, so that's a difference too."

That matches what manager Don Mattingly said of Guerrero earlier in the week, noticing a difference in Guerrero's second spring with the team.

"He seems a lot more relaxed this year," Mattingly said. "I think this year is going to be a big year for him."

It will need to be a big month, at least, for Guerrero to make the team. The Dodgers have established starters at second base and third base, and Justin Turner around to pick up any starts left behind at those positions.

Friday was Guerrero's second game at third base in three days; he was designated hitter in the other contest. Guerrero only played one game at third base for Triple-A Albuquerque in 2014, and two more on a rehab assignment at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

"I have a lot more confidence, with one year of experience," Guerrero said. "For the short time I've been there, I feel really good."

Guerrero is slated to play left field in reserve on Saturday, trying to create enough positional versatility to help him win a roster spot. With three years and $14 million remaining on his contract, Guerrero can't be sent to the minors without his consent, something he has no plans of giving. If the Dodgers trade him, Guerrero can opt out of his contract after a year, likely lessening any sort of return they might get in a deal.

Positional issues aside, the Dodgers do like Guerrero's bat, so this spring may simply be a matter of hitting well enough to convince the Dodgers they could live with Turner as the only backup shortstop on the bench, with Guerrero's bat a key weapon in reserve.

If Guerrero keeps hitting like he has been and keeps impressing in camp, that decision will be that much easier.

Up next

The Dodgers travel to Goodyear on Saturday afternoon to battle the Indians, with Mike Bolsinger on the mound against reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber for Cleveland.