Live from Vero Beach, we have some news right off the bat. Tony Abreu will be shut down for a few days due to discomfort with his surgically repaired abdomen. Also, Brad Penny was previously scheduled to start in this game, but decided to throw live BP to minor leaguers instead. The players are filtering on the field, so here's the story I wrote on Nomar Garciaparra and Andy LaRoche to keep you occupied until first pitch. Feel free to comment or ask questions during the seven-inning game, and I'll try to get to any that come in during the half innings. Thanks for following along, and enjoy.
Chan Ho Park pitching in his return to a Dodger uniform.
Juan Pierre pops to right.
Garciaprra sharp single to left.
James Loney walks.
Andruw Jones grounds into a 1-4-3 double play.
Hong-Chih Kuo pitching in his return to game action following surgery.
Rafael Furcal grounds to second.
Jason Repko hammers a pitch to the warning track, Pierre with a nice running catch up against the fence.
Andre Ethier waves at a pitch, K.
Chan Ho pitching his second inning.
Matt Kemp with a frozen rope that one hops the fence in left, scoots in for a double.
Chin-lung Hu with a sacrifice bunt back to Park, Kemp to third.
Gary Bennett can't check swing, K.
Angel Chavez doubles over the head of Pierre, Kemp scores.
Lucas May singles up the middle, Chavez beats the throw to the plate, May to second on the throw.
May to third on a wild pitch that sends Russell Martin back to the screen.
Pierre singles past second, May scores.
Garciaparra grounds to second.
Kuo pitching his second inning.
Mark Sweeney walks.
Martin singles past shorstop, Sweeney to second.
LaRoche lines to, um, Garciaparra at third.
Delwyn Young flies to right-center, but it appears Jones loses it in the sun. It goes as a single, as Sweeney and Martin only move up a base.
Martinez strikes out swinging.
Lindsey hit by pitch, Sweeney scores.
Dodgers decide to end the inning.
Justin Orenduff pitching in his debut in a Dodger uniform.
Loney strikes out swinging.
Jones pops out to second.
Kemp strikes out swinging, bat flies into the stands.
Jon Meloan pitching in his return as a starting pitcher.
Furcal grounds to third, nice pick by Garciparra on a short-hop.
Repko homers to left. As an aside, I found out today he trains in the offseason at the home of former Giant Marvin Benard.
Ethier grounds to short.
Sweeney grounds to second.
Orenduff in for his second inning.
Hu grounds to third.
Bennett flies to right.
Chavez singles over shortstop.
May fouls out to the catcher.
Meloan pitching his second inning.
Martin homers to the opposite field.
Young grounds to first, LaRoche to second.
Martinez pops to second.
Lindsey flies to right.
James McDonald debuts in a Dodgers uni.
Pierre slaps a double to right.
Garciaparra grounds to short, Pierre to third.
Loney grounds to second, but no throw can be made and Pierre scores.
Jones lines to short.
Kemp homers to right-center after McDonald started him off with a nasty curvevball.
Hu flies to right.
Cory Wade debuts in Dodgers uni.
Repko called out on strikes.
Ethier homers off the roof in right. Take that, Juan Pierre?
Sweeney grounds to second.
Rene Rivera flies to right
First question of the day: Not much has been made of Jones and his weight, but after looking at pictures it seems like it might be an issue. You see him everyday, what are your thoughts?
Jones is heavier that he should be as acknowledged by Joe Torre, who did note that Jones feels he can lose the pounds by the end of spring training. Jones is known for the ease in which he plays center field, so it should be easy in the coming weeks to see if the weight affects him there. Now back to this one...
McDonald in his second inning.
Bennett strikes out swinging.
Danny Ardoin grounds to third, nice pick by LaRoche.
Chavez swinging bunt, nice throw by McDonald to get him.
Another question: What's Meloan throwing that's led to two homers? I'm curious what he needs
to work on when he likely goes down to the minors this year.
Didn't notice the pitches, but chatted up Logan White after his outing. White doesn't think he'll need to change much in order to become a starter, just do some refining. To me, it could simply be trusting his stuff. He cited nerves and being too fine for his big-league struggles last season. Now back to this one...
Mario Alvarez debuting.
LaRoche walks agagin.
LaRoche to second on a wild pitch.
Young fouls out to second, but LaRoche hustles to third on the sac fly.
LaRoche out at home trying to score on a pitch that Ardoin blocked in front of him.
Martinez grounds to short.
Top 7 (final inning):
Rick Asadoorian pitching!
May strikes out swinging
John-Ford Griffin strikes out swinging.
Another question: Can you get White to comment on McDonald's outing?
"It's kind of mixed," White said. "He wasn't as sharp. Touch-feel guys take a little longer. It's early. He was spotty."
Ramon Troncoso debuting.
Lindsey strikes out.
Repko grounds to third.
Ethier grounds to first.
Koufax 6, Drysdale 4
CORRECTION; Ethier's shot didn't go off the roof. Some netting created an optical illusion for me.