Martin 0-4 for Canada in Olympic Trial Opener

Two Dodger farmhands saw action as the Olympic qualifying tournament opened in Phoenix Tuesday and neither fared too well.

Russell Martin caught and batted third for Canada which defeated Nicaragua 3-0 in its opener but went 0-4. Edgar Lizarraga, a righthander, saw action for Mexico, which was pounded 17-4 by Panama and was treated roughly.

Lizarraga, who has been on loan to the Mexico City Red Devils for the past two seasons, didn't retire a batter, facing five, yielding four hits while hitting another with a pitch. Three of those runners scored.

Righthander William Juarez, a teammate of Martin's at Jacksonville this past summer, is scheduled to pitch for Nicaragua but didn't see action in their opening loss. There are also several other former Dodger farmhands on the rosters .

Outfielder Luis Garcia, pitcher Heriberto Ruelas and infielder Flavio Romero all play for Mexico. Ruelas was the losing pitcher in its initial effort. Outfielder Danilo Sotelo plays for Nicaragua and righthander Hugo Pivaral is slated to pitch for Guatemala.

Pivaral was at one time one of the more promising pitchers in the Dodger organization before hurting his arm. In 1995 he was named the best 18-year-old in organized ball.

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