Dodgers’ second intrasquad game is in the books; pitchers take the spotlight.

Chris Reed and Dan Haren threw two shutout innings, and the Dodgers’ second spring intrasquad game in as many days ended in a 0-0 tie. Paco Rodriguez and Jamey Wright each threw one inning to complete three-inning scrimmage.

Reed allowed a line-drive single to Joc Pederson on his second pitch, then got the better of Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig to end the inning. Crawford was jammed on a four-seam fastball and grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, ably turned by Dee Gordon to Chone Figgins to Adrian Gonzalez. Puig struck out swinging on a changeup. “It’s my out pitch,” the left-hander said.

In the second inning, Reed struck out Scott Van Slyke then got A.J. Ellis to fly out in shallow right field. The 23-year-old from Reseda has never pitched above Double-A, but wasn’t ready to bask in his modest achievements.

“I got a taste of it last year in split-squad games,” Reed said, “but anytime you’re out there for the first time in spring it’s big.”

Reed believes he still has some fine-tuning to achieve by the end of spring and is glad he’ll have time to do it.

Haren said the same thing.

“I felt pretty smooth in my mechanics,” Haren said. “The second inning was definitely harder, just because of the sitting down and getting up. That’s the first time I’ve done that. That was a little tough to get used to, but it was good to have that coming into the first (Cactus League) game.”

Some more notes:
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Dodgers’ intrasquad game is in the books; Dee Gordon, Hanley Ramirez make some noise.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed home runs to Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez in the first inning of the Dodgers’ intrasquad game on Sunday. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez hit home runs against Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 4-inning intrasquad game Sunday at Camelback Ranch. Those accounted for all the runs in a 3-1 victory for Team Wills (drafted by Matt Kemp) over Team Koufax (drafted by Zack Greinke.)
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Venezuelan protests affecting family of Dodgers catcher J.C. Boscan.

J.C. Boscan

Catcher J.C. Boscan, a non-roster invitee in Dodgers camp, said his parents have been deeply affected by the food shortage in their native Venezuela. (Wikipedia image)


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Earlier this week, Miguel Rojas spoke at length about his concerns for his wife and family back in Venezuela. The 24-year-old minor leaguer received an invitation to the Dodgers’ major-league camp for the first time this year. While he’s trying to focus on baseball, his attention is justifiably divided by the ongoing protests in Venezuela.

Rojas isn’t alone. There were 94 Venezuelan-born players on major-league rosters last year, according to baseball-reference.com. Many more are in spring training on minor-league rosters and major-league coaching staffs, such as Detroit Tigers first base coach Omar Vizquel.

The Tigers’ Venezuelan contingent recently took to Twitter to show their support for their homeland; at least five other teams have done the same thing since. FoxSports.com spoke with a number of Venezuelan natives attending the San Francisco Giants’ camp. That’s a good read if you can spare 5-10 minutes.

Earlier today, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro reportedly blamed major-league owners for pressuring Venezuelan players to show their support. The Dodgers only have two Venezuelan natives in camp: Rojas and 34-year-old catcher J.C. Boscan, also a non-roster invitee. Neither has been pressured by Dodgers ownership to give an interview.

Boscan shared his concerns Saturday.
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Matt Kemp and Zack Greinke drafted two teams of Dodgers. How will they line up Sunday?

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.

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Scary moment as Andre Ethier’s line drive hits Sandy Koufax in the head.

Dodgers special advisor Sandy Koufax was conscious and in good spirits after being struck in the side of his head by a batted ball during batting practice Friday.

Koufax was standing near the bullpen, in foul territory behind third base, when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Andre Ethier. Koufax remained on his feet as the gathered crowd went silent, then sat down in a cart driven by assistant athletic trainer Nancy Patterson, holding an ice pack to his head.

Koufax was quickly driven in the direction of the Dodgers’ minor-league complex. A few minutes later, Patterson and Koufax drove back in the direction of the Dodgers’ main clubhouse. Koufax waved and smiled to the fans as he was carted off.

Update (1:30 p.m.): Koufax said that a CT scan of his head showed no internal bleeding. Other than a cut on his upper-left forehead, Koufax looked and sounded the same.

“I’m fine,” Koufax said. “I never saw (the ball). I don’t know how it got me.”

Koufax joked about wearing a helmet onto the field tomorrow.

“I feel like I’ve got more whiplash than anything,” Koufax said.

Dodgers announce pitching rotation for intrasquad games.

The Dodgers will play two intra-squad games on Sunday, February 23 and Monday, February 24 on the back fields of Camelback Ranch.

Pitchers scheduled to throw Sunday include Matt Magill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chris Perez, Brian Wilson, Kenley Jansen and J.P. Howell. On Monday, Stephen Fife, Dan Haren, Chris Reed, Paco Rodriguez and Jamey Wright each will pitch.

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig to be held out of workouts after fouling a ball off his leg.


Yasiel Puig will be held out of workouts Thursday at Camelback Ranch after the Dodgers’ outfielder fouled ball off his right leg Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly said.

“He seemed to be pretty good yesterday,” Mattingly said. “He had a little bit of swelling.”

The ball caromed off Puig’s right leg in the “upper leg, knee area,” Mattingly said.

Puig faced closer Kenley Jansen in batting practice yesterday (above).

Three more injury updates from Thursday morning:

Zach Lee said he’ll throw 10 to 15 pitches off a mound at “60 to 70 percent” intensity. Lee has been bothered by a strained lat muscle since the beginning of camp. The 22-year-old right-hander said he sustained the injury on the final day of the Dodgers’ prospect camp doing wide-armed pull-ups.

• Pitcher Brandon League, who’s also dealing with a lat strain, “came out pretty good with the mound work” yesterday, Mattingly said. “He’ll probably have a day and be out there again.”

Paul Maholm is the only healthy Dodgers starter who hasn’t thrown a live batting practice session yet. The Dodgers are proceeding with caution after Maholm reported tenderness in his left elbow. Maholm missed a start last September because of elbow soreness and was left off the Atlanta Braves’ postseason roster.

Irregular schedule, short winter means the Dodgers will limit Clayton Kershaw early in 2014.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw has thrown 236, 227 2/3 and 233 1/3 innings the last three seasons, respectively . (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw can stay on regular rest and pitch the Dodgers’ first game of the season (March 22 in Australia), their first regular-season North American game, (March 30 in San Diego) and their home opener (April 4 against San Francisco).

It’s a nice luxury to have, but Don Mattingly was quick to point out the drawbacks of that plan Sunday.

“I feel like it is” pushing it, Mattingly said. “I think we all kind of are cautious about that. ‘Hey, yeah, let’s do that, that sounds really good’ — I don’t think anybody looks that and goes, ‘that sounds really good.’ It’s, ‘we’ve got to be careful about what we’re doing.’

“We have off-days early. We want to take advantage of them.”
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Dodgers pitchers will have a day off Saturday.

Josh Beckett

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Saturday, every pitcher in camp will have a scheduled day off, designated by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. This plan was conceived in the off-season because the club does not have a normally scheduled off day this spring.

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks leave for Sydney, Australia on March 16. Opening Day is March 22.