By Jon Weisman

For seven innings today, the Dodgers were on their way to an unprecedented feat.

With three doubles, two triples, a home run and six walks, the Dodgers had 12 baserunners without a single. Not once in their long, regular-season history had the Dodgers had so many people on base without a single single.

Realizing, of course, that this is the kind of thing that only interests me, I will say I was still a bit disappointed when Alex Hassan led off the eighth inning with a base hit, ending the Dodgers’ bid for obscure history.

Instead, Los Angeles settled for an 8-3 victory over Oakland (recapped here by, raising their Cactus League record to 5-1-2.

Five of the Dodgers’ baserunners came in the first inning, and all of them scored. With two out, A’s starter Rich Hill walked Chase Utley, Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier, then went 3-1 to A.J. Ellis before allowing a bases-clearing double, followed by a two-run homer by Trayce Thompson.

Van Slyke and Rico Noel each added triples, while Ellis had a second double. Utley also doubled.

Kenta Maeda threw three shutout innings, raising his Spring Training total to five with a 0.00 ERA. Not only did Maeda avoid injury when a liner came back at him in the first inning, he seemed relatively unfazed, allowing two singles and two walks while striking out three.

“It gives me a little bit of confidence, but I’m aware that it’s still Spring Training and not the regular season,” said Maeda, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Times. “I know during the regular season there will be a few bumps along the way. So I’m not too concerned with the results right now.”

Barry M. Bloom has more on Maeda at

Jose De Leon allowed his first two Cactus League runs, including a solo homer by Danny Valencia, in a two-inning stint.

What else can I tell you?

  • Adrian Gonzalez will leave the Dodgers next week to play for Team Mexico in its World Baseball Classic qualifier in Mexicali, as Bill Plunkett of the Register notes. Gonzalez’s brother Edgar is managing the team, with another brother, David, coaching. “I think it’s fantastic,” Roberts said. “I’m happy he’s playing for his country. I think that means a lot to him and his family, the country. Obviously as a veteran player, we really don’t have to concern ourselves with Adrian Gonzalez getting ready for a season. So I think it’s fantastic. We definitely support that.”
  • Fangraphs ran its own lengthy look at the Dodger farm system, authored by Dan Farnsworth.
  • Another day, another former Dodger retiring. Today, it’s 39-year-old Randy Wolf, who pitched for the Dodgers in separate stints (2007, 2009) with a 3.72 ERA in 317 innings. I believe Wolf, who went to El Camino Real in Woodland Hills, is the last player from my years covering high school baseball for the Daily News to hang ’em up.
  • Clayton Kershaw and Joc Pederson were among the Dodgers wielding hockey sticks in the clubhouse this morning. But that was just a prelude to the team’s ping-pong pinnacle …