The battle of Camelback Ranch reaches its 2021 conclusion on Wednesday, with the Dodgers and White Sox playing for the second of two times this spring. Chicago is the road team this time around, after an 8-0 Dodgers win on March 8.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means for the first time in two years we will see green hats.
We will also see Will Smith playing on consecutive days for the first time this spring training. Smith is the designated hitter for the Dodgers on Wednesday, after catching Tuesday. Austin Barnes is catching, as he and Smith have alternated catching thus far all spring.
Smith was the DH three times last year for the Dodgers in the regular season, and seven times during the postseason.
There was some thought that Cody Bellinger might be the designated hitter on Wednesday, but the Dodgers opted not to use him on back-to-back days just yet. Dave Roberts said Bellinger will play six innings in center field on Thursday, and get three at-bats.
“It’s just the progression the training staff wanted for him,” Roberts said.
Walker Buehler starts on the mound for the Dodgers, making his fourth start of the spring.
Also pitching for the Dodgers on Wednesday are Kenley Jansen and Corey Knebel, each making their fifth appearance this spring, plus left-handers Scott Alexander and James Pazos.
White Sox opening day starter Lucas Giolito starts for Chicago. Wednesday’s game will be nine innings.
Teams: Dodgers at White Sox
Location: Camelback Ranch
Time: 1:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network