Despite Two Home Runs Athletics Pop Dodgers

Oakland ran up a 4-0 lead and added four more in the seventh to drop Los Angeles 9-2. Chad Billingsley, who came into the game with a 1.35 earned run average, gave up a trifecta; four hits, four walks and four runs to take the loss. Aaron Miles and Matt Kemp launched solo home runs to lead the L.A. offense.

The A's scored a run in the first inning on a walk and a pair of singles. Helped by shortstop Ivan De Jesus' boot in the third inning, Oakland ran their margin to 3-0 against Billingsley and his ERA ballooned from 1.35 to 4.50. He ran into his pitch count with one out in the fourth,

Billingsley mentioned working on his curve, which hasn't been just what he wanted. "I keep working on it," he said. But I liked the way the ball was coming out of my hand. It only my third start, and you keep working on what you need to get ready for the season."

Blake Hawksworth, who took over in the fourth, again looked good. He was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade that sent Ryan Theriot to St. Louis. His 1.2 perfect innings dropped his ERA to 1.69 and kept him in the running for a spot on the roster.

Aaron Miles, who is impressing the Dodgers brass with his work both in the field and at-bat, whacked a leadoff home run and Matt Kemp slugged a two-out shot in the sixth. It was the second homer of the spring season for each of them and after that the Dodgers' offense went quiet.

Kemp had singled in the second and was the only Dodger with more than a single hit. Hector Gimine, who was at first in place of James Loney, Tony Gwynn and shortstop Sellers had the only other hits.

Kenley Jansen worked a scoreless sixth before rookie Javy Guerra was tagged for four runs in the seventh, although an error by Sellers accounted for two of the runs being unearned.

Former Dodgers minor league player of the year, Andy LaRoche, played shortstop for the A's and singled and knocked in two runs. Juan Rincon finished the game out for the Dodgers but allowed a run on three hits.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
The fact that the Dodgers are 5-10 at the mid-point of the season is discouraging for some fans but spring training is first and foremost preparing the players for the tough, 162-game schedule. "You would like to win games," manager Don Mattingly said, "but you go back to the same mindset of where we are trying to go and what it takes to get there. It starts here."

Padilla says 'Surprise!'
Vicente Padilla, who had surgery on his throwing arm February 24, played long toss and announced he would be ready for a bullpen in about 10 days, well ahead of schedule. "I'm good," he told Ken Gurnick of "I'm just going to keep doing what they tell me to do. Padilla was 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA and over 16 starts last season. The club signed him to a one-year, incentive-laden contract with a $2 million base for 2011. In addition he estimates he has lost about 15 pounds since the end of last season.

Dodger Blue Notes Acey Kohrogi, the club's executive director of Asian operations and scouting has been attempting to contact his brother in Japan after an earthquake hit the island early Friday morning. He was on the photo when it hit. Dodgers bench coach Trey Hillman, who managed for several years in Japan, was able to reach some of his friends on the island via Skype. Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda said that although most of his family back in Japan live a safe distance from the area affected by Friday's earthquake, he does have concern for his brother, who frequently travels on business to the northern part of the country, where the quake primarily struck. ...Pitching prospect Rubby De La Rosa feels fine after his 31-pitch bullpen session Thursday and is on track to start Sunday against the Cubs in Las Vegas. De La Rosa, who was named last year's organization Pitcher of the Year, last pitched in a game March 3. Hong-Chih Kuo will throw to hitters Saturday as part of his customized Spring Training workouts. He threw his first inning of an exhibition game on Wednesday. ... Joe Torre made his first visit to the Dodgers spring training facility on Thursday since retiring as their manager last fall. Torre is visiting all 30 teams during spring training in his new capacity as Major League Baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations.. ...Lance Cormier is back after missing time because of the flu but Jon Link is still out because of the illness. ...Infielder Juan Castro was out of camp Friday for birth of his baby.