GLENDALE, Ariz. — Right-hander Brad Penny is listed as the probable starter for the Chicago White Sox against his former club today (1 p.m., Camelback Ranch). The Dodgers’ lineup has a very Opening Day-ish look to it, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound and a couple interesting twists.
A left-handed swinging Yasmani Grandal bats cleanup after first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. A left-handed swinging Carl Crawford bats sixth. Andre Ethier starts in center field and bats eighth:
Jimmy Rollins SS
Yasiel Puig RF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Yasmani Grandal C
Howie Kendrick 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Juan Uribe 3B
Andre Ethier CF
Clayton Kershaw P
Bench: Joc Pederson, Chris Heisey, Scott Van Slyke, Alex Guerrero, Kike Hernandez, Darwin Barney, Justin Turner.
Bullpen: Adam Liberatore, Paco Rodriguez, Joel Peralta, Chris Hatcher, Pedro Baez.
It’s the fifth spring training start for Kershaw, who gets one more turn before Opening Day. Figure he’ll get something in the neighborhood of 95-100 pitches to work with. Could be less if he gets on a roll and Don Mattingly decides his bullpen needs some work.
Update (1 p.m.): The Dodgers have recalled minor-leaguers Buck Britton, Peter Lavin, Ali Solis, Spencer Navin, Jacob Scavuzzo and Nate Samson.
Here is the Chicago White Sox lineup:
Micah Johnson 2B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam LaRoche DH
Avisail Garcia RF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Tyler Flowers C
J.B. Shuck LF
Emilio Bonifacio CF
Brad Penny, RHP
Brandon McCarthy allowed (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brandon McCarthy took this one on his shoulders.
“Today was horse (crap),” he said after allowing eight hits and six runs, all earned, in four innings against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
The 7-5 loss ended the Dodgers’ “six-game unbeaten streak,” a line that could have been lifted straight from a 1996 Hartford Whalers press release.
“Today’s one of those that … you’re not entirely surprised,” McCarthy said. “You’re fighting a little bit mechanically and stuff-wise, I just couldn’t get anything to do what I wanted it to do. That makes it really hard to locate at that point. Sinkers were cutting, cutters were sinking. Everything was going the wrong direction. It’s really hard to get outs against big league hitters and good ones when everything is heading back toward the middle of the plate.”
The box score is here.
Some postgame thoughts:
Corey Seager is a ping-pong co-champion. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The team of Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager won the annual clubhouse ping pong championship this morning. The bracket-style tournament began with random pairings. The southpaw champions didn’t choose each other, nor did the left-handed Coulombe and the right-handed Turner.
Kershaw is known to take these things seriously. Seager is an unknown in the realm of ping-pong. Clearly, Team Turner-Coulombe had the support of the clubhouse. Teammates booed every point by Kershaw and Seager, and cheered every point by Turner and Coulombe. I believe the final score was 19-14, sealed by an unreturnable Kershaw forehand. It was a glorious moment for Kershaw, an awkward moment for Seager (the boos weren’t his fault) and a bonding moment for everyone. Darwin Barney even had a blown-up photo of Turner’s head, which he propped up to a stick and waved around in support of his red-haired teammate.
Here are the lineups for today’s 1 p.m. game at Camelback Ranch: