Dodgers Hold Off Twins 7-4

The Dodgers started a lineup that, for the first five hitters anyway, might be 2009 starters -- Jason Repko cf, Matt Kemp lf, James Loney 1b, Andy LaRoche (who dh'ed in this game) and Andre Ethier rf. Among them they had five hits, scored three runs and knocked in three.

Wilson Valdez, pushing hard for the utility infield slot held by Ramon Martinez, singled and homered. Rookie Chin-Lung Hu singled three times and Andre Ethier added a pair of singles and two RBI.

Jason Schmidt, Mark Hendrickson and Greg Miller each worked three and each allowed a run. Miller got the benefit of the Dodger four-run blast in the sixth and earned the win.

The Dodgers evened their record at 3-3 on the season.

Damian Jackson was penciled in at second base but he came up with an upset stomach and Wilson Valdez took his place in the lineup and banged the Dodgers' first home run of the spring.

Schmidt opened for the Dodgers as the only Dodger starter to allow an earned run so far his season.

He gave up another in the second inning on a walk and a double and a sac fly to Matt Kemp in center field. Kemp gunned down the runner attempting to advance to third for a double play.

Greg Miller worked two innings and gave up his first run of the spring, then worked out of a first and third, one out mess in the fourth without further damage.

Los Angeles collected their first hits of the game in the fourth inning. Jason Repko singled to center but then was doubled off first when the Minnesota first baseman made an over-the-shoulder catch on a little bloop by Matt Kemp.

Then with two out, James Loney and Andy LaRoche banged singles but the rally ended when Andre Ethier fanned.

The Dodgers added a four-spot in the sixth with one out. Kemp worked a walk and Loney was hit by a pitch. After both runners moved up on a ground ball, Andre Ethier knocked both of them in with a single to right.

Kelly Stinett doubled and Ramon Martinez added the second two-RBI single of the inning.

Choo Freeman singled in Hu -- who had three hits -- in the seventh and doubles by Fernando Tatis and Valdez gave the Dodgers their seventh run.

Dario Veres gave up a leadoff home run in the seventh and loaded the bases with one out but wriggled out of the mess.

Jon Malone and Eric Hull closed it out with shutout innings, Hull earning his second save.

The club splits their squad again today (Wednesday), with the road team traveling to Jupiter to meet the Cardinals and the home time hosting the Florida Marlins in the first night game of the spring season.
 Score by innings	
Dodgers	          000 014 110-7
Minnesota	  010 101 100-4

 Dodgers	       ab  r  h  bi ave
Jason Repko cf	        3  0  1  0  .385	
 Larry Bigbe lf	        1  0  0  0  .462
Matt Kemp lf	        2  1  0  0  .091
 Choo Freeman cf	2  0  0  1  .300	
James Loney 1b	        4  1  1  0  .312	
Andy LaRoche dh	        5  0  1  0  .267
Andre Ethier rf	        4  1  2  2  .455
 Delwyn Young rf	1  0  0  0  .200
Kelly Stinett c	        3  1  1  2  .444
 Ken Huckaby c	        1  0  0  0  .000
Ramon Martinez 3b	3  0  1  2  .222
 Fernando Tatis 3b	1  1  1  0  .273
 Tony Abreu 2b	        0  0  0  0  .250
Wilson Valdez 2b-3b	4  1  2  2  .500
Chin-Lung Hu ss	        4  1  3  0  .444
  Totals	       38 7 13  7	
  Twins	               35 4 11  4

 Errors- Tatis (2). 2b hits- Stinett 
(2), Tatis (2), Valdez (2). HR- Valdez 
(1).CS- Hu. DP- Kemp, Loney, Valdez 
and Martinez. LOB-Dodgers 7, Twins 10.

  Dodgers	        in   h  r-er bb so  era
Jason Schmidt	        2.0  2  1-1  1  3   2.25
Mark Hendrickson	2.0  3  1-1  0  3  14.73
Greg Miller (1-0)	2.0  3  1-1  0  1   2.25
Dario Veres	        1.0  3  1-1  1  0   9.00  
Jon Meloan	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0   0.00
Eric Hull (sv 2)	1.0  1  0-0  0  0   0.00
 T- 2:43.  T-7,015.
Indians Moving West, Too-- Commissioner Bud Selig said that the influx of teams to the Cactus League is expected to end in 2009 with the coming of the Dodgers to nearby Glendale and the return of the Cleveland Indians to the Cactus League. When the shift is complete, there will be 16 teams remaining in Florida and 14 in Arizona. All the American League West and National League West teams will be in Arizona, plus both teams from Chicago. The White Sox will join the Dodgers in Glendale by 2012 at the latest. The must find a team to fill their slot in Tucson or wait until 2012 to join the Dodgers in Glendale.

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Dodger Blue Notes-- Ken Gurnick of reports that left-handed reliever Joe Beimel, who allowed Boston's only run in Monday's 2-1 Dodgers win, will have his throwing elbow examined because he felt something "mushy" after his one-inning appearance. Beimel had a breakout season with a 2.96 ERA in 62 appearances. If Beimel is injured it could present an opening for rookie Greg Miller, Hong-Chic Kuo or Matt White. Other left-handers in camp are Tim Hamulack, Mark Hendrickson (who wants to be a starter), Eric Stults, and rookies Scott Elbert and Mike Megrew. …Topps, once the gold standard of baseball trading cards, is being bought out by a group including former Disney CEO Michael Eisner for a whopping $385.4 million.

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