Kuroda/Kershaw flirted with a no-hitter before Clayton ultimately gave up a one-out single to Bobby Kielty in the eighth, but Kuroda, Kershaw and Falkenborg ultimately combined one a one-hitter, and the Dodgers finished the spring 11-18-4. … It LOOKS LIKE Angel Chavez has made the team. He is a non-roster infielder about whom I don’t believe I have written a single word this spring. He is 26, from Panam and spend his entire career in the Giants chain until the past two years, when he logged time with the Phillies, Orioles and Yankees affiliates. He has 10 major-league games, all in 2005 with the Giants. … Jason Repko was optioned to Las Vegas after the game, so the Dodgers now have a 24-man roster plus Chavez and DeWitt, and the final move won’t be made until Ned is sure he isn’t making a trade. Tony Abreu will be DL’d, and I’m guessing Jason Schmidt will be placed on the 60-day DL, which will clear a second 40-man spot (Rudy Seanez’s release on Wed. cleared the first one), so the club can purchase the contracts of both Chavez and DeWitt. … Interesting subplot of tomorrow’s pitching matchup: both Barry Zito and Brad Penny are ex-boyfriends of Alyssa Milano. Wonder for whom she’ll be rooting. I guess whichever breakup was the least messy.
Joe Torre broke the news to Juan Pierre this morning. “He just said `OK,’ but I know he is disappointed, and that’s fine,” Torre said. “You don’t want a guy sitting on your bench who just accepts being on the bench.” Torre said JP will be a regular bench player, pinch hitting, etc. “Before it’s all said and done, we’re going to get contributions from a lot of people,” Torre said. … In other moves, the team reassigned Brian Falkenborg, Mike Koplove, Greg Jones, Clayton Kershaw, Chan Ho Park, Rene Rivera, Danny Ardoin and Rene Rivera and disabled Nomar, LaRoche and Schmidt. The guess here is that Park will be the first guy called up when the team decides to add a 12th pitcher, something Torre acknowledged will probably happen in the next week or two. For now, Park is slated to start the Vegas season opener on Thursday at home against Salt Lake. … Tony Abreu also is expected to be DL’d by tonight, and there are more cuts yet to be made. But Torre said there also could still be a last-minute trade. For now, Chin-lung Hu is on the team as an extra infielder. Angel Chavez, a non-roster infielder, still hasn’t been cut, either.
First Boston victory in four meetings between the clubs this spring. I’m not going to go into a whole lot of detail on this one because, well, let’s face it, opening day is about 38 hours and 42 minutes away, and it just doesn’t matter anymore. But the Dodgers fall to 10-18-4 for the spring. … They are now playing some horrendous hiphop song on the sound system here that seems to be called Go Dodgers Go, and I am hoping with every fiber of my being that they’re not planning on playing that after every game this year. There is too much artificial noise at Dodger Stadium already, and the last thing we need to hear every night is some contrived song to celebrate a home team that shouldn’t need to be celebrated beyond the games it wins and the cheers of its adoring fans. Besides, what’s wrong with Randy Newman’s I Love L.A., the song they have been playing after every home win for at least as long as I have been on the beat? It’s a decent song that doesn’t offend the senses. Just stick with that, and don’t fix what isn’t broken. … But Go Dodgers Go isn’t even the worst thing that happened tonight. That was that they played Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline in the eighth inning. I mean, they play that song at FENWAY PARK, and the Dodgers were playing the RED SOX. But then, given the people who are running this organization now, I guess whatever the Red Sox do is going to become whatever the Dodgers do. So much for originality.