Some surprises on initial roster

<b>LOS ANGELES, California</b>--For the second straight game, the Angeles rallied to erase a Dodger lead and now have a 2-0 margin in the series with the final game this afternoon. It was again an error that keyed the winning run, this time in the eighth inning, before 42,017 in newly-renovated Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles built a 3-0 lead in the second inning as second baseman Jeff Kent singled, outfielder Milton Bradley doubled and third baseman Jose Valentin hit a run-scoring ground ball. Outfielder Ricky Ledee then fired a shot into the right field pavilion, scoring two.

Shortstop Cesar Izturis and first baseman Hee-Seop Choi singled in the fourth and Kent picked up a run batted in with a long fly.

Mike Scioscia's Angeles scored a run in the fourth inning on a single by former Dodger Steve Kent off starter Jeff Weaver and then tied the game 4-4 in the sixth inning, three of them coming on 'almost-was Dodger' Vlad Guerrero's long homer.

Jeff Weaver started, retired 11 of the first 12 and had allowed only three hits before a pair of singles and Guerrero's homer in the six inning. Weaver then retired six straight before leaving at the end of seven.

A single, stolen base and an error on rookie Joel Guzman allowed the runner to reach third. A single off losing pitcher Buddy Carlyle allowed the lead run to score.

Los Angeles rallied in the last of the eighth when Norihiro Nakamura singled, ending a streak of 15-straight Dodger hitters being retired, and Oscar Robles followed with another single but a bouncer to the mound and two strikeouts ended the inning.

Opening Day roster--Rookie pitcher Steve Schmoll was a surprise addition to the to the 25-man roster. Schmoll, 25 and in only his second professional season, pitched at Vero Beach and Jacksonville posting ERAs of 1.80 and 1.83. He had a strong Arizona Fall League, recording a 1.42 ERA and pitched three times in exhibition games, not allowing a run. To make room for Schmoll, outfielder Brian Myrow was designated for assignment.

A number of players were reassigned, including Japanese star third baseman Norihiro Nakamura, pitchers Mike Venafro and Ryan Rupe, outfielder Mike Edwards and catcher Mike Rose. Oscar Robles was returned to the Mexico City Red Devils.

Pitchers (12)--Derek Lowe, Odalis Perez, Jeff Weaver, Elmer Dessens, Scott Erickson, Brazoban, Giovanni Carrara, Duaner Sanchez, Kelly Wunsch, D.J. Houlton, Buddy Carlyle and Steve Schmoll. Catchers(2)--Jason Phillips, Paul Bako. Infielders--(6) Hee-Seop Choi, Jeff Kent, Cesar Izturis, Jose Valentin, Antonio Perez, Olmedo Saenz. Outfielder--(5): J.D. Drew, Milton Bradley, Ricky Ledee, Jason Grabowski, Jason Repko.

Nakamura, who signed a minor league contract before the exception season, is now having second thoughts and will make a decision whether to report to Las Vegas or not today.

After leaving a $10 million guaranteed contract in Japan to play for a $500,000 Major League salary, said he will notify the club on Sunday whether he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas.

He singled in the eighth inning to boost his average to .295.

Dodger Blue Notes--Dodger trainers are optimistic that stopper Eric Gagne's sprained elbow will not require surgery and the pitcher said the injury is improving. However, the club vows it will not rush him back into action until he is 100%. … Yhency Brazoban will take over in the closers roll until Gagne is back in action. Manager Jim Tracy hedged that decision a bit, saying that Giovanni Carrara, Duaner Sanchez and lefty Kelly Wunsch may also be used to nail down games. … The Dodgers will be watching closely an intrasquad game scheduled in Dodgertown where Brad Penny, sidelined all spring with a nerve problem in right arm, is scheduled to pitch.

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