Dodgers spring training 2015: Dodgers beat Padres, thoughts on the bullpen.


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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Happy birthday Clayton Kershaw, ping pong champion and Cy Young favorite.

Today is Clayton Kershaw‘s 27th birthday. Yesterday, he won the clubhouse doubles ping-pong tournament with partner Corey Seager. His wife and newborn daughter are in town and, in perhaps the best present of all, Kershaw doesn’t have to leave them to attend the Dodgers’ two-game trip to San Antonio this weekend. He’ll start tomorrow for the Dodgers against the A’s in Mesa instead.

According to odds released yesterday by Bovada, Kershaw is also the preseason favorite to win his fourth Cy Young Award. Only Steve Carlton, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson have done this in the National League; Johnson also won the award once in the American League. Roger Clemens holds the most, with seven (six in the AL, one in the NL).

Here are a bunch of Dodger-related odds:

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Will Ferrell throws one pitch in a Dodgers uniform. (Video)

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell’s Dodgers career ended after one batter Thursday with a perfect 0.00 ERA. (Associated Press photo)

PEORIA, Ariz. — Will Ferrell’s entrance into Thursday’s game between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres would have been a spectacle no matter what. When Ferrell cut through the stands wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform — as Yasiel Puig stepped into the batter’s box in the sixth inning — the announced crowd of 10,218 responded with a rousing chorus of boos.

For once, the boos weren’t for Puig. They were for the tall, old guy wearing the uniform of a National League West rival.

In case you’ve managed to ignore the last two days’ worth of baseball news, Ferrell played in five different Cactus League games Thursday. He helicoptered into the Peoria Sports Complex from Camelback Ranch, where he had just strapped on the catcher’s gear for the Giants.
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