Watch: Julio Urias strikes out Joc Pederson, Chris Heisey, Alex Guerrero in live BP.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias threw approximately 40 pitches over two “innings” to live hitters for the first time in spring training Sunday. The 18-year-old left-hander struck out four batters: Alex Guerrero (twice), Chris Heisey and Joc Pederson.

Here’s his three-pitch punchout of Pederson:

Urias then struck out Guerrero and got Heisey to ground out in the area of the second baseman.

Here are all 18 pitches he threw in the second “inning,” including the strikeouts of Guerrero and Heisey. He also faces O’Koyea Dickson in this inning and induces a pop-up toward second base. The inning ends with a planned pitchout as Pederson stands in the box.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw mixed all his pitches into a 40-pitch batting practice session Saturday, his first of the spring. One, a hanging slider, resulted in a home run by Juan Uribe over the left-field fence on a back field at Camelback Ranch.

Kershaw also faced Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner in what amounted to a two-inning stint. No other balls left the infield (or would have at least, if there were any actual infielders on the field).

“I’m going to have to hear about Uribe hitting a home run off me all season,” Kershaw quipped. “I’m glad I gave him some confidence for the year.”

More than a confidence boost for Uribe, the afternoon was a showcase for Kershaw’s competitiveness. The reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner still has it, even when throwing live batting practice to his teammates in February.
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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, Clayton Kershaw discuss MLB’s pace of game initiatives.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Don Mattingly and Clayton Kershaw chimed in today on MLB’s pace-of-game initiatives, which will be enforced by umpires beginning with the first Cactus League game Wednesday.

Mattingly is of the opinion that hitters, who must keep at least one foot in the box every time they take a pitch, will be able to adapt quickly.

“Every other situation — a ball gets away, a guy throws over, guy steps off the mound, you can step out of the box at that point,” Mattingly said. “I think the biggest thing with pace-of-play is, they’re announcing the inning break at 40. They’re announcing the first hitter with 40 seconds left on the clock. At 25, the walk-up music’s got to be off. At 20, he’s got to be in the box. Those type of things are things our guys are going to have to get used to.

“I think once they get used to this it’s not going to be an issue. It’s like anything else; guys are going to adjust. You throw 100 — keep throwing 100, keep throwing all fastballs, they’re going to get hit. Our guys are going to adjust to these rules.”

So will pitchers have the bigger adjustment to make?
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Getty Images has posted the Dodgers’ Photo Day pictures, and some of them are awesome.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers held their annual Photo Day this morning, with players showing off for the Dodger team photographers, SportsNet LA, MLB Photos, MLB.com, MLB International, ESPN the Magazine, Topps, USA Today, Getty Images, Baseball Digest and the Associated Press.

I have no idea what the Getty photographer was telling half these guys but, well, see for yourself. The full gallery is here; feel free to caption these gems:

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Erik Bedard, Clayton Kershaw to start Dodgers’ first two Cactus League games.

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Veteran left-hander Erik Bedard will start the Dodgers’ Cactus League opener against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — There are 33 pitchers listed on the Dodgers’ major-league spring training roster. Don Mattingly and his staff have mapped out a plan whereby “you’ll see pretty much everybody those first four days, or most everybody.”

Erik Bedard will start the Dodgers’ Cactus League opener Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. Clayton Kershaw will start Thursday, also against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. They’re both scheduled to throw two innings in the game, plus another inning in the Dodgers’ bullpen after that.

“Even saying that,” Mattingly said, “there will be some type of pitch count that you’re protecting. I’m not going to let a guy go out there if he gets caught in an inning. We’ll stop it.”

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Watch: The line for Sandy Koufax.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A linked chain of metal fences line the dirt paths at Camelback Ranch, separating fans from the players and coaches who walk from field to field. Most of the players probably don’t need the protection. Demand for autographs is high but the fervor is usually calm. Remember, there are 61 players in camp. Most won’t start the season in the majors, and none of them are Matt Kemp. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gets his share of autograph requests too, but he’s not exactly fending off the pens and baseballs and hats.

The man who needs the metal fences the most is a slender 79-year-old who lives in rural Pennsylvania. Sandy Koufax, the Hall of Fame pitcher-turned-”special advisor,” is here all week — advising, watching, chatting. Sometimes he signs autographs.

Koufax is not expected to arrive today until later in the morning, maybe noon local time. That — and intermittent rain throughout the morning — did not stop Koufax fans from lining up behind the fence at 5 a.m.

Here’s what the line looked like by 9:30:

We think this story ends with Koufax signing autographs for some of those people, and not signing for others.

That’s how it usually ends at least. If not … updates throughout the day.

Five more Dodgers spring training games won’t be blacked out in Southern California.

The Angels released their complete spring training television schedule on Thursday. The good news for Dodgers fans: Their five head-to-head games against the Dodgers (March 19, March 28 and April 2-4) will not be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.

The April 4 game is on KCOP, the April 2 game is on Prime Ticket, and the other three are on Fox Sports West.

Other than a tape-delayed March 6 game against the Milwaukee Brewers on MLB Network, these are the only spring training games available on TV to non-Time Warner Cable subscribers. Currently, SportsNet LA is only available to Time Warner subscribers in Southern California.

Dodgers’ Zack Greinke throws his first bullpen of spring training.

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Zack Greinke thinks he’s “three or four days behind some guys” in spring training. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a 24-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, his first of the spring. It was Greinke’s first time off a mound since he received a lubricating injection in his right elbow last week.

Greinke said he threw all fastballs at a typical effort for a bullpen at this time of year — that is, submaximal.

Greinke declined to comment on the effect of the injection, but manager Don Mattingly said that Greinke has had the injection at the beginning of every camp with the Dodgers. He appears to be on track with a normal spring training.

“I think I’m going to be three or four days behind some guys,” Greinke said. “I’m not trying to push it.”

Greinke might not have enough arm strength built up to throw live batting practice to hitters. That could begin by the end of the week, once position players have reported to camp. But again, this is all normal for him.

At least there is no regular-season game in Sydney to prepare for, an idea Greinke did not personally endorse last year.

“I think that caused some trouble with a lot of pitchers, having to get ready extra fast,” Greinke said. “It just was a weird situation last year.”

Dodgers ‘player meetings’ are tomorrow.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers coaches and executives have already met to discuss the long list of pitchers and catchers in camp this year. Tomorrow, they will discuss position players.

What’s that about?

“Every spring you go over guys in camp,” manager Don Mattingly said. “There’ll be kids here we don’t know from other organizations. We get to talk about them a little bit. There’s younger guys that are in camp from Double-A, whatever, that we haven’t seen a lot. Player development people can help you get a sense for this kid, that kid. It’s just all information as far as where we’re going, what’s the plan, just so everybody has a familiarity with everyone as we get into camp.”

Mattingly reiterated that he expects all players to report on time Wednesday. If someone is injured or delayed for any reason, he’ll find out for sure in the meeting.