GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers will play a pair of intrasquad games Sunday and Monday at Camelback Ranch, their first of spring training. Tomorrow’s game begins at 11:30 a.m. on the first back field (closest to the major-league clubhouse) and is free to the public.
The method for choosing position players was interesting.
The team coached by Sandy Koufax (“Team Koufax”) was drafted by Zack Greinke. The team coached by Maury Wills (you guessed it — “Team Wills”) was drafted by Matt Kemp. The draft was held behind closed doors, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, so there was no awkward last-man-standing situation as Greinke and Kemp picked players from a row in the clubhouse.
Mattingly said that Kemp selected Hanley Ramirez with the first pick.
“Some of it was like packages,” Mattingly said. “Like if you took Adrian (Gonzalez), the other guy got two (picks).”
Every player will hit. Kemp, who hasn’t been cleared to run, is sitting out. Team Wills will have to find a designated hitter to replace Justin Sellers, who was designated for assignment Saturday when the Dodgers signed Erisbel Arruebarrena.
|Team Koufax||Team Wills|
|Joc Pederson CF||Dee Gordon 2B|
|Carl Crawford LF||Juan Uribe 3B|
|Yasiel Puig RF||Hanley Ramirez SS|
|Scott Van Slyke 1B||Adrian Gonzalez 1B|
|A.J. Ellis C||Andre Ethier CF|
|Clint Robinson DH||Tim Federowicz C|
|Alex Guerrero 2B||Nick Buss RF|
|Justin Turner 3B||Mike Baxter LF|
|Miguel Rojas SS||Chone Figgins DH|
|Brendan Harris DH||Justin Sellers DH|
|Bench: Erickson/O’Brien/Butera||Bench: Miguel Olivo/J.C. Boscan|