A brief story about 19-year-old pitcher Victor Gonzalez and minor league statistics.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Here’s a very brief lesson in how statistics, especially at baseball’s lower minor-league levels, can sometimes lie.
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Dodgers spring training 2015: Wednesday’s lineup at Kansas City.

Bobble wrap. #Dodgers #springtraining #Lasorda

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Clayton Kershaw, Yordano Ventura and … Whit Merrifield?

Some interesting lineup cards today as the Dodgers and Royals meet in the Cactus League finale for both teams. To the victor goes second place in the Cactus League standings. To the loser, third place.

Really, everyone wins. We all get to go home once the game is over.

Zack Greinke is starting a minor-league game at Camelback Ranch that begins at 10 a.m.

Here are the lineups for the 12 p.m. game at Surprise Stadium:

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AP: Dodgers’ payroll is $272.8 million, still highest in the majors.

The Dodgers’ Opening Day payroll projects to approximately $272.8 million, easily the highest in baseball, according to the Associated Press.

The New York Yankees rank second at $219.2 million.

The Dodgers have two of baseball’s three highest-paid players. Clayton Kershaw is making $31 million in the first year of his new contract extension. Zack Greinke is third at $27 million.