Dodgers spring training 2015: Weekend roundup.

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Happy Monday, everyone. Opening Day is a week away.

Here is the weekend in baseball news in case you missed it:
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Dodgers spring training 2015: Dodgers beat Padres, thoughts on the bullpen.

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Yasiel Puig (above), Joc Pederson, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke homered in the Dodgers’ 9-5 Cactus League win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Turner, Puig and left fielder Andre Ethier each had two hits for the Dodgers (12-6-6).

The AP recap is here. The box score is here.

Right-hander Juan Nicasio allowed two runs in three innings in a game that was pitched entirely by major-league bullpen candidates. Of those, Sergio Santos allowed a home run to Derek Norris, Jason Lane hit a home run off Dustin McGowan, and nobody else allowed a run.

Since this was a “bullpen game,” a couple thoughts on where the bullpen race stands in light of this game and Brandon League‘s still-unknown shoulder injury:
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Watch: Dodgers’ Joc Pederson gets thrown after ball hits Alamodome roof (video).

If you’re coming to Arizona this weekend to see the hottest hitter in the Dodgers’ lineup, keep driving on I-10 for another 13 hours. Eventually you’ll hit San Antontio. If you’re like Joc Pederson, who went 3 for 4 Friday with a home run and two RBIs, you’ll even hit the roof of the Alamodome:

That “baserunning error” was the only blemish on Pederson’s record in the Dodgers’ 11-6 win over the Texas Rangers. He’s leading the Dodgers in OPS (1.353) and is in some fine company among all MLB players in that category — providing for a small sample size caveat, against a hodgepodge of pitching talent, yada, yada, yada.

The Alamodome, you might recall, was built in order to attract an NFL team to San Antonio and served as the home of the NBA’s Spurs from 1993-2002. For baseball, it’s not ideal — 275 feet out to right field with a deceptively low roof. Pederson probably should have had two home runs Friday.

Anyway, the Dodgers didn’t need the help. They scored eight runs in the first inning Friday en route to the victory and they’ll play the Rangers again at 11 a.m. Pacific Time Saturday. The box score is here.