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Outfield competition front in center as Cactus League opens

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Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles DodgersBy Jon Weisman

On the first day of Cactus League play, Joc Pederson had two hits while playing designated hitter. Andre Ethier struck out twice while playing center field, but he probably wouldn’t have minded that much if he had made a diving catch at the warning track.

Well, there’s always the next game.

“Just a tough play,” Ethier told Phil Rogers of “It’s one where you have to make a break on it, try to keep an eye on the ball the best you can, not lose it. I got there, just didn’t bring it in.”

Said Don Mattingly: “As we get into spring, he catches that ball all day long.”

Despite losing to the White Sox, 6-4, it was a pretty eventful day in general for the Dodgers. Most of the action came after the starters were pulled …

  • O’Koyea Dickson hit the Dodgers’ first homer of the exhibition season, turning on a ball at his knees and pulling it over the wall in left.
  • Alex Guerrero had two hits off the bench, playing third base.
  • Corey Seager and Darnell Sweeney each singled and walked.
  • Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 2, but fellow newcomers Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes each went 0 for 2.
  • Juan Nicasio was the domino that fell over after Ethier’s near-miss, allowing three runs in the third inning.
  • Carlos Frias allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, but struck out five. Batting average on balls in play: .750.
  • Sergio Santos, Adam Liberatore and Josh Ravin each pitched a perfect inning. Liberatore struck out two.
  • The Dodgers had the tying runs on base with none out in the ninth after singles by Sweeney, Guerrero and Seager scored their fourth run, but Kyle Jensen flied out, Kiké Hernandez struck out and Scott Schebler grounded out.


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  1. Hard to believe that the Dodgers traded Kemp so that Dre could start in CF. Shouldn’t he be getting reps in RF?

  2. oldbrooklynfan

    Typical ninth inning for the Dodgers.

  3. They didn’t trade Kemp so Ethier could start in center, they did it because Pederson is probably going to start in center and they needed to trade at least one of them and Kemp was easier to move.

  4. Yes, of course. If Joc doesn’t start in CF, wouldn’t the alterative be Puig playing there like last year. Hence, my question.

  5. Jon Weisman

    That Ethier played four innings in center field doesn’t mean he won’t play any right field – far from it. If Ethier ends up as a reserve, he needs reps at all three OF positions.

  6. Should we expect to see Puig getting reps in CF as well?

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