Rockies 9, Dodgers 5

Manny’s hammy problem is in the lower part of the muscle, just above the knee, which is a lot better than in the center of the hamstring, according to what Stan Conte told Joe Torre. For now, there will be no further testing. But if it isn’t better in a couple of days, there will be further testing of some kind. Manny won’t play at all in tomorrow’s split-squad setup, but he will be free to go through the morning workout as usual. … As for the game, Eric Milton and Claudio Vargas both got lit up, and that coupled with Torre’s morning speculation that Jason Schmidt might need a rehab start or two at the beginning of the season all adds up to the fact that the Dodgers are at a loss when it comes to a fifth starter. Joe said he isn’t concerned, that there is still plenty of time and that Jeff Weaver and James McDonald could become more serious candidates for the role if the top-tier guys continue to struggle. … Valentino Pascucci homered for the second day in a row after his parents arrived on Saturday morning, and he is hitting .583 (7 for 12) in a spring training abbreviated by his WBC stint. But he hasn’t played in the majors since 2004 with Montreal. Joe Torre summed it up perfectly when describing Pascucci’s power: “Wallach has a smile on his face every time he sees him hit one.” Wallach is Tim Wallach, the Dodgers’ Triple-A manager, so there you have it. … Xavier Paul had two more hits and is batting .417. Hector Luna went 2 for 2 with a double, but that only raised his average to .200. Juan Castro singled in his only at-bat and is now hitting .464. … Dodgers fall to 10-7. Split squad tomorrow, at the Mariners and at the A’s. Your humble scribe will be at the latter because Schmidt is pitching.

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  • Tonny,
    I have made the trip by car for the last 3 weekends and Saturday was the first time I’ve seen them win. I was glad my friend and I got to sing “I Love L.A.” in Phoenix but we have yet to see them win at Camelback Ranch.
    We had our picture taken on the 10 in AZ. Those darn cameras. Jon Soohoo warned me about them. We were only going 80 on a 75 speed limit! So be careful anyone driving there.