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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Dodgers spring training 2015: Lineups, pregame notes vs. Padres.

A couple pregame notes from Camelback Ranch:

1. Two days after throwing his last bullpen session, Brandon League told reporters that he’ll undergo an MRI on his right shoulder. In all likelihood he will begin the season on the disabled list. That brings the unofficial tally of disabled Dodgers to four: League (15-day DL), Hyun-Jin Ryu (15); pitchers Brandon Beachy and Chris Withrow are both on the 60-day DL.

2. Matt Kemp is not in the Padres’ lineup today.

3. The Dodgers were one of five teams (along with the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Tigers and Phillies) that lost money last year, according to Forbes.

4. Juan Nicasio is starting this “bullpen game,” but the Dodgers still see him as a reliever. This is not, by all accounts, an attempt to stretch him out as a starter.

Here are both lineups for the 1 p.m. game at Camelback Ranch:
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Dodgers spring training 2015: Joc walks off the Padres, Matt Kemp, Will Ferrell, Ryu, etc.

Associated Press photo

Associated Press photo

PEORIA, Ariz. — Will Ferrell pitched for the Dodgers today.

I already wrote about that here, but the sentence bears repeating. It’s not every day I get to write that.

Still, lest we forget, Garth Brooks got a total of 46 at-bats in spring training for the Padres (1998/99), Mets (2000) and Royals (2004). Kevin Costner went 0-for-3, scored a run and committed an error in a 2002 game for the San Bernardino Stampede against the Seattle Mariners. Billy Crystal batted leadoff for the Yankees in a 2008 spring game (against Paul Maholm). Tom Selleck got one spring at-bat in 1991 for the Tigers as he prepared for his role in Mr. Baseball. And Chad Gaudin pitched to Tom Verducci once. I talked to Gaudin about that after the game. I’ll share his thoughts here tomorrow.

Here’s what else happened today:
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