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The spring ends on its highest note …

Dodgers 8, Mariners 1

Highlights:

  • Pitching in Dodger Stadium for the first time, Rubby De La Rosa struck out four of the six batters he faced and went on to dazzle with two-hit, no-walk shutout ball over 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. Legendary hitter Ichiro was two of those strikeouts.
  • Ivan DeJesus Jr. went 2 for 2.
  • Jerry Sands (1 for 2) and Dee Gordon each made diving catches.
  • Corey Smith completed his ridiculous spring with a three-run homer, leaving him 7 for 11 with four walks, two doubles and three home runs.
  • Andre Ethier doubled in the game’s first run, and James Loney followed with a two-run single to give the Dodgers a 3-0 first-inning lead.
  • Marcus Thames homered in the fourth.
  • Randy Keisler, who came out of the Dodgers’ open tryout camp four weeks ago to get a minor-league contract, retired all four batters he faced, striking out two, including Ichiro.
  • Allen Webster struck out the side in the ninth.
  • As a team, the Dodgers faced only 29 batters and struck out 12.

Lowlights:

  • Steven Ames allowed an eighth-inning homer to Michael Saunders to spoil the Dodgers’ shutout.
  • Aaron Miles hit into a double play and made an error on a foul pop-up.

Sidelights:

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