Kemp remains hot

Dodgers 6, White Sox 2

Highlights:

  • Matt Kemp (2 for 4) hit his fifth homer of the spring, a three-run shot that gave the Dodgers the lead for good. According to ESPN.com, Andre Ethier in 2008 was the last Dodger to hit five spring homers, and none has hit six since before 2005.
  • Ted Lilly gave the Dodgers another six-inning outing from a starting pitcher. Lilly allowed two runs on six hits, walking none and striking out five.
  • In a back-to-back outing, Scott Elbert pitched a shutout eighth, allowing a single to Alex Rios but then sandwiching a popout from Christian Marrero with strikeouts of Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski.
  • James Loney went 2 for 4, Juan Uribe and Ivan DeJesus Jr. went 2 for 3 and Aaron Miles went 2 for 2.
  • Watch out: Juan Castro singled and is now hitting .379.

Lowlights:

  • Not much to complain about today. Ron Mahay allowed a double and a walk in a four-batter outing but no runs. Travis Schlichting allowed two baserunners with two out in the ninth before ending the game on a Gordon Beckham strikeout.

Sidelights:

  • Casey Blake had his best workout day in quite some time, reports Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Jamey Carroll also got his first Cactus League at-bat in a while, striking out.
  • Josh Fisher of Dodger Divorce elaborates on this morning’s Forbes story on baseball’s major debt issues.
  • Kemp’s work with Davey Lopes gets a detailed look from Dylan Hernandez on the Times.
  • Former Dodger Don Zimmer is beginning his 63rd year in professional baseball, believed to be the most among non-owners, writes Tom Zucco for the St. Petersburg Times (via Hardball Talk).
  • Former National League West pitchers Brandon Webb and Jake Peavy have each suffered injury setbacks.
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