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:
MESA, Ariz. — Eighteen-year-old pitcher Julio Urias has been a hot topic in Dodgers camp. He threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut against the Milwaukee Brewers last Friday, impressing teammates with his maturity on and off the field.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers announced their lineup for their 1 p.m. Wednesday game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa:
Jimmy Rollins SS
Chris Heisey RF
Yasiel Puig CF
Yasmani Grandal C
Howie Kendrick 2B
Scott Van Slyke 1B
Justin Turner DH
Joc Pederson LF
Kike Hernandez 3B
(Zack Greinke P)
Julio Urias, Zach Lee, Chris Reed, Chris Anderson and David Huff are scheduled to pitch in relief. So are minor-league call-ups Blake Smith and Jeremy Horst.
The listed reserves: Matt Carson, Kyle Jensen, Scott Schebler, Shawn Zarraga, Chris O’Brien, Austin Barnes, Erisbel Arruebarrena, O’Koyea Dickson, Buck Britton, Darnell Sweeney, Alex Guerrero and Corey Seager.
It’s the first spring start for Puig in center field and the first start for Greinke, period.
Dexter Fowler CF
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Starlin Castro SS
Miguel Montero C
Chris Coghlan LF
Mike Olt 3B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Arismendy Alcantara 2B
Mike Baxter DH
Jon Lester, LHP