Watch: Scott Kazmir discusses first Cactus League start after 3-3 tie.

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir and manager Dave Roberts spoke after Friday’s 3-3 tie against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Field. Kazmir allowed two runs on six hits in his two innings of work:

Scott Van Slyke hit a two-run home run and the Dodgers scored on a bases-loaded passed ball in the ninth inning to forge the tie. Mike Bolsinger and Jharel Cotton worked two scoreless innings each. The box score is here.

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Morning notes: Hyun-Jin Ryu, starting assignments, Adrian Gonzalez, lineups.

There was a hot air balloon show this morning in Glendale. #balloon #whynot #balloons

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Some odds and ends from this morning’s media scrum with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, plus the lineups for today’s 12 p.m. (PT) game against the Texas Rangers in Surprise:

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Game 67: 0-0 game ends with a #BalkOff.

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Jimmy Rollins points to Rangers pitcher Keone Kela, and umpire Marvin Hudson points to home plate, after Kela committed a balk in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending Kiké Hernandez home from third on Thursday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers won a game in their final at-bat Thursday. Although, that isn’t quite accurate because Jimmy Rollins was not credited with an at-bat when Kiké Hernandez got Keone Kela to commit a balk. The box score is one of the most interesting you’ll see all year, and it’s here. The photo gallery is here.

Brandon Beachy‘s career is being kept alive by a cadaver ligament and yeah, sometimes that’s a little scary.

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Game 65: A familiar problem, a burst of drama, another loss.

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Clayton Kershaw meets with former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach before the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. (Associated Press photo)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Whether facing a crafty veteran (Yovani Gallardo) or a pitcher four games into his major-league career (Chi Chi Gonzalez), the Dodgers simply could not score in Texas. Then Justin Turner homered in the ninth inning Tuesday — the Dodgers’ familiar flair for the dramatic resurfacing — before Robinson Chirinos walked off Josh Ravin with a solo shot. Two runs suddenly seemed meager and inadequate.

That was the theme of the series, and it’s becoming the theme of the season — at least away from home and especially against .500-or-better teams.

Tonight’s box score is here. The Giants won, so the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West is back to 2 ½ games.

Jimmy Rollins batted ninth for the first time in his long career.

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Game 64: Globe Life Park isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig snaps his bat in frustration after striking out in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangers. (Associated Press photo)

ARLINGTON, Texas — A pairing of the second-highest scoring team in the National League and one of the American League’s premier hitter’s parks was not as advertised. Yasiel Puig‘s bat-breaking demonstration summed up the Dodgers’ frustration in a 4-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.

The box score is here.

The mechanical malfunction that forced the Dodgers’ team plane to land at LAX late last night spooked Kenley Jansen.

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