GLENDALE, Ariz. — The results, as told by a radar gun and his line score, were not kind to Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir on Monday.
That’s part of the reason why Kazmir chose not to pitch in a Cactus League game, where innings get long and fans groan and unflattering radar-gun readings tend to light up Twitter. Instead, the 32-year-old left-hander threw to Yasmani Grandal in a “B game” on the back fields at Camelback Ranch against the Chicago White Sox.
The game was limited to five innings. Each half-inning was limited to four hitters maximum. There were umpires on the field and coaches, executives and minor-league teammates watching from outside the park. There was also no cost of admission, making the mini-matchup between Kazmir and Chris Sale an unqualified bargain. Kazmir faced mostly minor-league hitters, so the results-may-not-be-not-typical disclaimer applies here.
Now, about those results.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers are playing two games today. One is a regularly-scheduled Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch (lineup on the left). The other is a “B” game against the Chicago White Sox (lineup on the right). You might have heard of Chicago’s starting pitcher, a left-hander named Chris Sale:
You have just as good a chance of catching the “B” game on TV as the “A” game.
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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw two scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox in the first Cactus League game for both teams Thursday. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1 in their Cactus League opener today at Camelback Ranch. The box score is here.
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Jose Peraza made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 2015. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers traded infielder Jose Peraza, outfielder Scott Schebler and infielder Brandon Dixon to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox.
The Dodgers receive three of the White Sox’s better prospects — Frankie Montas, outfielder Trayce Thompson and second baseman Micah Johnson — while Chicago received All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds.
Update: Andrew Friedman shed some light on the trade and its ramifications. Thompson talked about how he stalled in Double-A and rebounded with some help from his father, former Lakers forward Mychal Thompson.
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The least important thing the Dodgers did today was lose a baseball game.
They did play, and they did lose, so we’re obligated to report that the score was 2-1 in favor of the Chicago White Sox. Chris Heisey hit a home run. In fact, Heisey has a hit in three of his last four games — homer, double, single. That would seem more impressive if his streak was not preceded by an 0-for-14 stretch. Heisey is batting .111 in Cactus League play; he talked about his slow start here.
Today’s highlight came in the second inning when Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch on his right elbow. Check it out:
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