The least important thing the Dodgers did today was lose a baseball game.
They did play, and they did lose, so we’re obligated to report that the score was 2-1 in favor of the Chicago White Sox. Chris Heisey hit a home run. In fact, Heisey has a hit in three of his last four games — homer, double, single. That would seem more impressive if his streak was not preceded by an 0-for-14 stretch. Heisey is batting .111 in Cactus League play; he talked about his slow start here.
Today’s highlight came in the second inning when Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch on his right elbow. Check it out:
Joe Wieland has appeared in four Cactus League games for the Dodgers and has allowed only two runs (one earned) in nine innings. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers get to play the Chicago White Sox a lot in March because they share the same training facility. Then, the teams never play each other again the rest of the year. It’s a strange rite of spring.
So, try to enjoy this last White Sox-Dodgers tilt. Joe Wieland starts for the Dodgers; it could be an important one as the Dodgers determine who will replace Hyun-Jin Ryu when his turn comes up in the rotation in April.
Here are the lineups for both teams:
Clayton Kershaw pauses before throwing the final pitch of his no-hitter June 18, 2014 at Dodger Stadium. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
I asked Vin Scully about Clayton Kershaw during our interview Friday. His answer didn’t fit neatly into my story, so I’m posting his quote here:
Elliot Johnson led all Texas Rangers hitters with eight walks in Cactus League play. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers acquired minor-league utilityman Elliot Johnson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations.
Johnson appeared in seven games for the Cleveland Indians last season and spent most of the season at Triple-A Columbus, hitting .236 with five home runs in 87 games.
Johnson, 31, signed with the Tampa Bay Rays as an amateur free agent in 2002. He’s played every position except pitcher and catcher over parts of five major league seasons, beginning in 2008. In 318 career games, Johnson has a career .215/.316/.586 slash line.
In 40 Cactus League plate appearances for the Texas Rangers, Johnson slashed .194/.350/.290. He actually led the Rangers with eight walks (compared to 11 strikeouts); he also stole three bases in four attempts.
The reasonable expectation is that Johnson would begin the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Left-hander Brett Anderson is making his fourth Cactus League start for the Dodgers. (Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brett Anderson is making his fourth Cactus League start, and the Dodgers will roll out a very Opening Day-like lineup, as the Dodgers enter their final week of spring training. Anderson has allowed three runs on 10 hits through 6 ⅔ innings this spring, not including his last start six days ago on the minor-league side [stats here].
Anderson last pitched in a Cactus League game on March 19 against the Angels, allowing three runs on seven hits over 1 ⅔ innings.
Here are the lineups for both teams for the 1 p.m. game at Salt River Fields: