GLENDALE, Ariz. — Sandy Koufax was here in Dodgers camp today. So was a line of fans waiting to catch a glimpse of the Hall of Fame pitcher and special advisor. Koufax, who has signed autographs in the past on the back fields of Camelback Ranch, spurned all of them.
Koufax didn’t speak to reporters either, opting instead to do the entirety of his work Friday inside the Dodgers’ spring training complex on his first day in camp. It could be his only day in camp; Koufax caught several high-ranking team officials by surprise with his annual appearance.
The 80-year-old has worked with the Dodger pitchers each of the last three years. He’s the marquee name among a list of guest instructors and special advisors this year that includes Greg Maddux, Eric Gagne, Shawn Green and Ron Cey, among others.
The Dodgers came within a couple innings of a shutout against the A’s at Camelback Ranch, getting two scoreless innings from Chris Capuano in his first Cactus League start Thursday. [box score]
Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal, Todd Coffey and John Grabow all threw scoreless relief innings in their spring debuts. Stephen Fife allowed a run in the seventh inning and Wilfredo Ledezma allowed the A’s other run in the ninth.
Adam Kennedy started at DH and went 2-for-2. Andre Ethier finished 1-for-2 with a two-RBI double in the fourth inning, raising his spring batting average to .500. Matt Kemp went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and two strikeouts. His spring average sits at .143.
Alex Castellanos, who was acquired in the Rafael Furcal trade last
season, blasted the game’s only home run off A’s reliever Travis Schilchting in the
Dee Gordon stole his first base of the spring, swiping second base after drawing a walk to lead off the game.
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