TEMPE, Ariz. — Alex Guerrero, meet Mike Trout.
Guerrero, playing third base for the Dodgers today, crushed this ball to the deepest part of Tempe Diablo Stadium in the first inning. Trout, the Angels center fielder and reigning American League MVP, leaped and pulled it down above a 420-foot marker — one of the more hard-earned 0-for-1s Guerrero will ever experience.
In the third inning, Guerrero got revenge in the form of a solo home run to left-center field off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — For Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero, news that pitcher Pablo Millan Fernandez agreed to a minor-league deal with the Dodgers (pending a physical) was welcome Monday morning.
“We know each other good,” Guerrero said in Spanish, adding that he’s batted against Fernandez in Cuba.
“Good control, command, great kid, good attitude, that’s all I can say,” Guerrero said by way of a scouting report. “Slider, fastball — the best thing is that he locates them good.”
Fernandez, 25, is married and comes with a reputation of being a mature player. Guerrero called Fernandez a “calm kid” and “humble.”
By all accounts, Fernandez’s final off-field issue should be obtaining his U.S. work visa.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The greater Phoenix area experienced a light but steady rain this morning. The streets were wet, the baseball fields were wet, and Cactus League games were a threat to be postponed. Julio Urias got his jog in outdoors anyway.
In Phoenix, like any good warm-weather climate, drivers aren’t always used to driving on slick pavement. Maybe that’s why the Camelback Road off-ramp was backed up when the Angels team bus was driving into the Dodgers’ spring training home for their Thursday afternoon game. They waited for the congestion to clear up, then they waited for five minutes at a red light. The game started three minutes late.
Dodgers starter Brett Anderson, who had been warming up in anticipation of a 1:05 p.m. start time, threw and threw and threw. At some point he had to sit down — “10 minutes, 12 minutes, just enough time to cool down and then warm back up.”
Anderson wasn’t himself. He allowed seven hits, and retired only five batters against the Angels.
“I’m not using it as an excuse,” Anderson said of the delay. “It’s a weird circumstance but something you have to deal with.”
Here’s more from Anderson postgame:
A couple more notes: