Yesterday in Dodger Baseball --- April 7

It was a good day for Dodger fans with Jeff Weaver weaving an eight-inning shutout in a 6-0 win to take the series 2-1 in San Francisco. Las Vegas used a pinch-hit single by Norihiro Nakamura to stop Colorado Springs 8-3. Jacksonville used tough pitching and Tydus Meadows three-run homer to stop Birmingham 7-0. Chuck Tiffany fanned 11 as Vero stopped St. Lucie and Columbus was rained out.

SAN FRANCISCO. California--Jeff Weaver allowed five hits over eight innings and added a pinch-hit single as the Dodgers stopped San Francisco 6-0 to win their opening series of the young season. Jeff Kent had three of the Dodgers' eight hits and Valentin had four walks in this game as the Dodgers outscored the Giants in the series, 18-8. Weaver recorded 16 of 24 outs with ground balls. He wanted to finish the game but manager Jim Tracy nixed the idea after 102 pitches. Valentin not only worked four walks, he drove in two runs, scored one, stole a base. However, J.D. Drew is 0-for-13 and Hee-Seop Choi is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts. Elmer Dessens starts tonight against the Diamondbacks.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado--Norihiro Nakamura is suffering from bruised ribs suffered in an exhibition game with Anaheim but his pinch-hit single with two outs in the sixth inning helped Las Vegas to a three-run lead and an 8-3 win. Las Vegas outhit the Sky Sox 13-8, including three doubles and a home run. Mike Edwards started at first base and was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Starting pitcher Ryan Rupe was forced to leave the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when he was drilled by a line drive off the his right quadriceps. Harold Eckert (1-0) took over for Rupe and allowed one run in two innings to pick up the victory. Cody Ross' two-run homer in the third gave the 51s a 2-1 lead.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--Jacksonville pitchers worked around a rain delay to fan 17 Birmingham Barons in a 7-0 win. The Suns won their third consecutive home opener with 11 hits, including Tydus Meadows' three-run homer, Joel Guzman's two-run double and Jon Weber's RBI double. It was Meadows' 100th career home run in eight minor-league seasons. Chad Billingsley started but only worked two innings before rain forced an hour delay. Alfredo Gonzalez (1-0), Glenn Bott and Beau Dannemiller followed Billingsley to the mound to complete the shutout. Gonzalez fanned six over three innings to earn the win. Bott and Dannemiller added two shutout innings. The Suns four to put the game away with the help of a couple errors when Weber doubled, Guzman's tripled and James Loney followed with a run-scoring single. Brian Sprout, had three singles.

ST. LUCIE, Florida--Chuck Tiffany sparkled, allowing one hit while fanning 11 in a 1-0 win over the Mets. Tony Abreu gave him all the runs he needed when he led off with a double and scored on a single by Edwin Bellorin. Tiffany also picked a pair of runners off first base. He was followed on the mound by Danny Muegge, Mark Alexander and Kyle Wilson, who earned the save. The Dodgers could manage only four hits with Abreau adding a single to go with his double. Russ Ryan also had a double and Andy LaRoche a single in the win.

SAVANNAH, Georgia--Columbus was rained out.

Dodger Blue Notes--Cesar Izturis cost rookie Jason Repko his first RBI when he missed third base trying to score on an apparent double in the second game of the series and he also cost Repko an extra-base hit. The double was changed to a single because Izturis started the play on first base and was credited for advancing only one base safely before being 'forced out' at third base. … Right-hander Brad Penny threw a bullpen session in Vero Beach, Fla., Tuesday and Friday. … Closer Eric Gagné has not thrown a ball since being diagnosed with a sprained elbow. The swelling has gone down, but the Dodgers have no idea how long he will be sidelined. … Left-hander Wilson Alvarez, who has shoulder tendinitis, threw batting practice and just started to throw from a mound. … Left fielder Jayson Werth, out since March 2 because of a broken wrist, has not swung a bat since hitting a ball off a tee a couple weeks ago. … Right-hander Giovanni Carrara strained his left hamstring when he slipped while fielding a bunt in the eighth inning of the opener is day-to-day. … Jason Phillips, who took Kazuhisa Ishii's uniform No. 17 when he arrived from the Mets, changed to No. 9. Jason Repko, who wore No. 75 in Spring Training, took No. 17. D.J. Houlton switched from No. 72 to No. 27. Steve Schmoll wears No. 40.

Matchups in the Desert-Tonight, 6:30 — Elmer Dessens (0-0, 0.00) vs. Shawn Estes (0-0, 0.00).
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. — Scott Erickson (0-0, 0.00) vs. Javier Vazquez (0-1, 37.80).
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. — Derek Lowe (0-1, 2.57) vs. Russ Ortiz (1-0, 4.50).