Playing Saturday morning quarterback with Ross Stripling’s near no-hitter.

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Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling puts on a sweatshirt in the dugout after being relieved in the eighth inning of Friday’s game in San Francisco. Stripling did not allow a hit in his major league debut. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO >> Ross Stripling reportedly had 174 messages waiting on his phone after his near no-hitter last night. Dave Roberts had about 40, but the best message he received was delivered in person.

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Game 5: Ross Stripling still hasn’t allowed a hit; Dodgers still haven’t beaten Giants.

SAN FRANCISCO >> Ross Stripling threw 7 ⅓ innings of no-hit baseball in his major league debut, and the last five outs proved more difficult than the first 22 for the Dodgers in a 3-2 loss. The box score is here.

Carl Crawford is hurt again, and it’s a different injury than the last one.

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Dodgers’ Carl Crawford is dealing with a lower back injury.

Carl CrawfordSAN FRANCISCO — Left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup today and probably won’t play at all because of a lower back injury.

Crawford said he’d been dealing with tightness in the area since spring training. Only recently did it become painful enough that he mentioned it to the team. He said he hopes to be available Saturday, though a 90 percent chance of rain over San Francisco could mean no baseball for anyone.

Don Mattingly (among other managers) always made a habit of bluffing his way through questions about whether injured players would be available off the bench. Dave Roberts at least conceded that Crawford won’t play defense or pinch-run today, but said that Crawford might be able to pinch hit. Grain of salt.

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Dodgers begin season by pitching 31 scoreless innings, one shy of a record.

SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Wood allowed a run in the fifth inning Thursday against the San Francisco Giants, ending the Dodgers’ pursuit of the most consecutive scoreless innings pitched to begin a season at 31.

The St. Louis Cardinals set a major league record by throwing 32 scoreless innings to begin the 1963 season.

The Dodgers began the regular season with three straight shutout victories over the San Diego Padres. They are were outscoring opponents 28-0 when the streak ended.

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Carlos Frias makes his pitch for Dodgers’ fifth starter’s job.

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Carlos Frias threw four shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants on Friday. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carlos Frias, in his most important start of spring training, did not allow a run in four innings against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The Dodgers won, 13-0, after Vin Scully flew in on a private Guggenheim G4 jet to call what may have been the final spring training game of his life. (Guess which part of the day was more interesting.)

Frias’ line score, which included one walk and three strikeouts, was a bit misleading. The right-hander allowed six hits, his ERA bailed out by two double plays and an out at home plate.

Still, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sounded pleased with what he saw.

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