An MRI on Matt Kemp‘s left hamstring revealed a strain, and the Dodgers center fielder is day-to-day. Tony Gwynn Jr. is starting in center field and Kemp was listed as available if the Dodgers need him to pinch hit. Kemp has played 399 consecutive games, the longest streak in the major leagues.
Kemp did not take part in pregame activities Monday — the team stretched and took batting practice without him — which only reduces the likelihood of his appearing in tonight’s game.
However, the Dodgers might need him.
The Dodgers chased Jered Weaver after 1 2/3 innings and collected 12 hits in an easy win over the Angels. At 6-1-2, the Dodgers trail only the Detroit Tigers (6-1-1) for the best overall spring training winning percentage, and are in sole possession of the best record in the Cactus League. [box score]
Juan Rivera went 2-for-3, tagging Weaver for a double and hitting his third home run (in three days) off reliever Andrew Taylor. All four of his Cactus League hits (4-for-12) have gone for extra bases.
Trent Oeltjen went 2-for-2, Matt Kemp scored a pair of runs and stole a base, and Dee Gordon stole his fourth base of the spring on his fourth attempt.
Starter Aaron Harang (1-0) allowed an RBI double to Angels catcher Chris Ianetta, the only run he allowed in three innings. Harang struck out two, walked none and allowed three hits.
“I was just making sure overall I was mechanically feeling right,” Harang said. “I executed some good pitches. … I still have to get a feel for (my slider). It’s still early. A couple things I’ll work on in the bullpen next week and in my next two starts.”
Weaver, who allowed three runs — all earned — saw his spring ERA rise to 7.36. The Dodgers tacked on four more runs against non-roster invitee Matt Shoemaker, who has a photo of Billy Mays hanging from his locker in the Angels’ clubhouse.
More in tomorrow’s editions. A few notes:
With the Dodgers playing the first of two split-squad games Saturday, starter Nate Eovaldi tossed three scoreless innings and Matt Treanor hit his first home run of the season before an announced crowd of 8,507 at the Peoria Sports Complex. [box score]
After the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead on Treanor’s home run and an RBI groundout by Juan Uribe, the Mariners rallied for five runs off relievers Jamey Wright and Ronald Belisario. Wright gave up a long home run to Kyle Seager in two innings, and Belisario coughed up three hits, one walk, and four runs — three earned –in his lone inning of work.
The Dodgers rallied with three runs in the eighth inning off Seattle reliever Jeff Marquez.
Josh Fields finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, maintaining his lofty spring average at .636 (7 for 11). Trent Oeltjen went 1-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, and six other Dodgers collected one hit apiece. James Loney’s fourth-inning double was his first extra-base hit in eight spring at-bats.