GLENDALE, Ariz. — The results, as told by a radar gun and his line score, were not kind to Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir on Monday.
That’s part of the reason why Kazmir chose not to pitch in a Cactus League game, where innings get long and fans groan and unflattering radar-gun readings tend to light up Twitter. Instead, the 32-year-old left-hander threw to Yasmani Grandal in a “B game” on the back fields at Camelback Ranch against the Chicago White Sox.
The game was limited to five innings. Each half-inning was limited to four hitters maximum. There were umpires on the field and coaches, executives and minor-league teammates watching from outside the park. There was also no cost of admission, making the mini-matchup between Kazmir and Chris Sale an unqualified bargain. Kazmir faced mostly minor-league hitters, so the results-may-not-be-not-typical disclaimer applies here.
Now, about those results.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers are playing two games today. One is a regularly-scheduled Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch (lineup on the left). The other is a “B” game against the Chicago White Sox (lineup on the right). You might have heard of Chicago’s starting pitcher, a left-hander named Chris Sale:
You have just as good a chance of catching the “B” game on TV as the “A” game.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw two scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox in the first Cactus League game for both teams Thursday. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1 in their Cactus League opener today at Camelback Ranch. The box score is here.
Jose Peraza made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 2015. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers traded infielder Jose Peraza, outfielder Scott Schebler and infielder Brandon Dixon to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox.
The Dodgers receive three of the White Sox’s better prospects — Frankie Montas, outfielder Trayce Thompson and second baseman Micah Johnson — while Chicago received All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds.
Update: Andrew Friedman shed some light on the trade and its ramifications. Thompson talked about how he stalled in Double-A and rebounded with some help from his father, former Lakers forward Mychal Thompson.
Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez (left) worked with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman (right) in Tampa Bay from 2008-14. (Getty Images)
We mentioned Dave Martinez‘s candidacy here yesterday because it hadn’t been mentioned in a while.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported tonight that Martinez will interview with the Dodgers next week.
As we cautioned yesterday, don’t take Martinez’s late interview as a sign that he is in the back of the pack. Though Gabe Kapler is still seen as the front-runner, and Dave Roberts reportedly left a strong impression this week, Martinez’s last-minute interview might only have been held up by something as simple as a scheduling conflict.
Martinez’s familiarity with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman — the two worked together in Tampa Bay from 2008-14 — might even give have a leg up in the race to replace Don Mattingly.