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
MESA, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw survived a scary incident in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Oakland A’s. His postgame comments are above. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said “it obviously scared all of us a little bit, but once we get out there you could tell he wasn’t totally” hurt. You can view/hear his comments here.
The starting pitching matchup between Kershaw and Oakland A’s ace Sonny Gray was predictably well pitched. J.P. Howell, Adam Liberatore and David Aardsma all pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
And this is why spring training wins, losses and ties mean little. Blake Smith, an outfielder-turned-pitcher who finished last year at Double-A, was sent out for the ninth inning to protect a 2-1 lead. He did not. The A’s loaded the bases and won the game 3-2 on a two-out RBI single (after a nice double play turned by first baseman Cody Bellinger).
For the record, the Dodgers’ Cactus League record is 8-4-6. The box score is here.
Some more observations from the Dodgers’ first game of the day (the split-squad game in San Antonio begins at 5 p.m.):
MESA, Ariz. — The Dodgers held their collective breath for a moment Friday when Clayton Kershaw was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Oakland’s Andy Parrino.
In the third inning of the Cactus League game at HoHoKam Stadium, Kershaw was a bit late raising up his glove to deflect the baseball. He appeared to be struck on his left cheek or jaw, then sat on the ground while his teammates gathered around the mound.
Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte sprung out of the dugout and examined Kershaw, who eventually threw a warm-up pitch and was allowed to remain in the game.
With runners on first and third base, Kershaw retired Coco Crisp on a line drive on his next pitch. An RBI single by Craig Gentry gave the A’s their first run later in the inning.
Kershaw remained in the game to pitch the fourth inning. The 2014 MVP/Cy Young Award winner is making his fourth spring training start.