Dodger Kids Show They Are For Real

JACKSONVILLE, FL. --The Dodgers were recognized as having the best minor league system inn 2005 and the Jacksonville Suns won the Southern Division Championship. Lest you think the reports have been exaggerated, rest assured the youngsters are the real thing. They stopped a mixed group of major leaguers 8-3 in Jacksonville Tuesday as a tune-up for the exhibition season that starts March 2.

Dioner Navarro, Nomar Garciaparra, Olmedo Saenz, and Ramon Martinez were held hitless; Jose Cruz, Ricky Ledee and Jason Repko had a single each and Oscar Robles had a pair of one-base hits. Bill Mueller slugged a tainted home run and the other Dodger runs were unearned.

Jacksonville alums were led by home runs by Delwyn Young and Joel Guzman and newly-arrived Andre Ethier added a two run shot that nearly carried completely out of the park.

Starter Chad Billingsley allowed a run in the second when Mueller lined a shot to right field that a fan reached over the wall and caught. It was called a home run and put the Dodgers up 1-0.

Young's two-run homer in the last of the second with Matt Kemp on board with a single gave Jacksonville a 2-1 advantage.

The Dodgers scored twice in the fourth on a single, an error by Garciaparra and a single by Robles but Jacksonville regained the lead with a three-run explosion in the fifth.

Jon Weber banged an RBI double and Ethier made it 5-3 with a home run. Three more scored in the seventh, keyed by a monstrous shot to deep right center by Guzman.

Eric Stults allowed a pair of runs -- helped by an error -- in his two innings of work and Justin Orenduff collected the win, giving up no hits, a walk and three strikeouts in his two innings.

Jumbo Diaz and Jonathan Broxton had little trouble in their one inning on the mound.

Scott Elbert, pitching for the Dodgers, worked one inning and didn't allow a hit.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Yhency Brazoban was shut down for a few days because of a slight tenderness in his shoulder. Apparently he did not throw after leaving winter ball and then cranked it up to quickly at Dodgertown. He is expected to be back in action in a few days. …

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