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: Contracts signed, and identifying The Story of camp.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Someone asked me today what (or who) is the “story of camp.” There might be a few contenders, and I’ll get to those in a minute.

Something every club is trying to square away this time of year is its contracts with players who have 0 to 3 years’ service time. I’m told the Dodgers have finalized those, though I’m not sure when the ink dried on the last of them.

Seventeen players on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster fall into this group:

Yasmani Grandal, Paco Rodriguez, Scott Van Slyke, Chris Hatcher, Chris Withrow, Pedro Baez, Austin Barnes, Mike Bolsinger, Daniel Coulombe, Carlos Frias, Yimi Garcia, Kike Hernandez, Zach Lee, Adam Liberatore, Joc Pederson, Chris Reed and Scott Schebler.

They’re all under contract now. This isn’t the story of camp, but it’s something we get to report this time every year.

So what is the story of camp? Here are the early contenders:
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Four things the Dodgers can do with their four empty roster spots.

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Former Dodgers catcher Russell Martin batted 290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014.

The signing of Ryan Jackson and the release of Scott Elbert yesterday put the Dodgers’ 40-man roster at 36 Monday. Today is the first day free agents can sign with any club. With four empty roster spots, what should Andrew Friedman do?

Here are four free ideas:
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