Wolf Pitches L.A. to 15th Win

Lefthander Randy Wolf, making his final start in Florida, worked a solid 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven. The Dodger bullpen took over at that point and again gave up zero and the club boosted it's record to 15-10.

Wolf was pleased with his effort, telling A. Martinez of the Dodger Radio Network "It is important that I pounded the strike zone and that is what I did today."

When asked about his seven strikeouts, he said, "I don't keep track of that but I didn't use too many pitches so that helps.

"When you are aggressive, batters on the second time around want to get a pitch they can drive and that helps a pitcher keep his count down because you get first-pitch strikes.

"I start Thursday in Los Angeles and I last played there in high school. It will be great to get home."

The young Dodger lineup, sporting only regulars Juan Pierre, Russell Martin and Andre Ethier, banged out 10 hits, breaking a 1-1 tie in the fourth with a pair of runs.

Tony Abreu, who was counted out not long ago after jamming his shoulder on a head-first slide, started at shortstop and while he didn't get a chance in the field, he weighted in with an RBI double.

The first three innings resembled an amateur contest with six errors scattered between the two teams.

Baltimore, who mashed the Dodgers 8-0 earlier in the week, had four boots in the first two innings and only a home-town decision in the third kept the error total from rising. v Pierre singled with one out in the first and stole second base. He moved to third on an error, then scored when the catcher threw wildly trying to pick him off.

Matt Kemp reached on an error with two out in the second, stole second and continued to third when the throw went awry.

Baltimore tied in the third when Martin attempted to gun down a runner stealing second and threw the ball into center field. A single plated the tying run.

Andy LaRoche singled with one out in the fourth and with two out, singles by Kent and Wilson Valdez broke the tie. Abreu's double made it 3-1.

Wolf allowed a two-out single in the sixth and Manager Grady Little, using his relief pitchers in game situations, inserted Chen-hui in the game and he gave up a pair of runs to cut the lead to 3-2.

James Lone doubled home Ethier, who had walked, in the eighth to close the scoring.

Tsao added a scoreless inning as did Rudy Seanez (his eighth of the season to keep his earned run average a perfect 0.00) and Tim Hamulak who lowered his ERA to 1.29 and earned his first save.

The Dodgers, now 15-10, play host to Cleveland in the penultimate home game of the season today(Sunday).
 Score by innings
Dodgers	100 200 010-4
Florida	001 001 000-2

 Dodgers	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Tony Abreu ss	        4  0  1  1  .378  	  
 Luis Maza 2b	        1  0  1  0  1.000
Juan Pierre cf	        4  1  1  0  .372	
 Adam Godwin cf	        1  0  0  0  .000
Russell Martin c	4  0  2  0  .268	
 Kelly Stinette c       1  0  0  0  .185	
Olmedo Saenz dh	        4  0  1  0  .323
Andre Ethier rf	        3  1  0  0  .279
 Larry Barnes rf	0  0  0  0  .250	
Andy LaRoche 3b	        4  1  1  0  .191
James Loney 1b	        4  0  1  1  .420
Matt Kemp lf	        4  1  1  0  .224
Wilson Valdez 2b-ss	4  0  1  1  .373	
    Totals	       38  4  10  3	
    Florida	       33  2   7  2

 Error- Loney (2), Martin (1). 2b hits- 
Abreu (3), Loney (4). RBI- Abreu (11), 
Valdez (8), Loney (5). SB- Pierre (3), 
Kemp (3). DP- Martin and Abreu.

 Dodgers	 in   h r-er bb so  era
Randy Wolf	 5.2  5  2-2  2  7  4.24 
Chen-hui Tsao	 1-1  2  0-0  0  0  2.89
Rudy Seanez	 1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Tim Hamulak      1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.12
  T- 2:22.  Att- 5,521.

*M*A*S*H* 4077 Report-- An assessment of the Dodgers walking wounded:

Hong-Chih Kuo is the latest name on the injured list after reporting he has had shoulder troubles "most of the spring." He has been shutdown and is officially a non-entry in the fifth starter race. He had an MRI that failed to show structural damage but he has inflammation in the back of his throwing shoulder. Manager Grady Little said,"He'll be down a little bit. We're not sure of the time it will take. Structurally, he's fine."

Brad Penny seems to be in top form after working out on the side Friday after missing his last start because of a "twinge" in A/C joint where the collarbone meets the right shoulder. Penny threw 78 pitches with no discomfort and said "That felt good. I threw everything -- fastballs, curves, splitters. I think I'll be good for Monday."

Rafael Furcal reports the swelling in his sprained left ankle was reduced, less than 24 hours after he was injured in a collision with outfielder Jason Repko. When the swelling goes completely down, an MRI will be scheduled. Furcal says he feels better and that he is being careful since the injury is on his surgically repaired knee.

Jason Repko pulled a hamstring high on his right leg just two innings after the near collision with Furcal. His injury will certainly take longer to heal and he doesn't figure to open the season on the active roster. Worse than that, he is certain to get the reputation for being "fragile" and that will be with him the rest of his career.

Yhency Brazoban-- A forgotten piece of the puzzle, the big righthander worked a simulated game for the first time since Tommy John elbow reconstruction in April. He was told to go just 75 percent by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, but his efforts were still remarkable. "His bullpen the other day -- wow, it was electric, it was unbelievable. But he's on a program. He'll get two days off, then pick it up about five more pitches next time" he told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. He will stay in Florida in extended camp and will be assigned to Inland Empire to rehab. Some feel he could be back in the saddle by May.

It's an Ill Wind that blows no one good and Furcal's injury may open the door for either Wilson Valdez, a career minor leaguer who is having a sparkling spring (.382 average, .404 on-base percentage, 1.022 on-base plus slugging) or Tony Abreu, a top prospect who, although he is the heir-apparent at second base, can play a fine shortstop and has also had a sparkling spring (.392 average, .394 OBP, 1.109 OBP).

Fifth Starter-- With Kuo down and out in Las Vegas, it looks like either Brett Tomko or Mark Hendrickson will nail down the spit with non-roster invitee Joe Mays a longshot. The pitcher with the most upside on the staff, Chad Billingsley, had been moved to the bullpen and with so little time before the start of the season, he will remain there for the time-being.

-- Infielder Marshall McDougall has been seeing action with the Dodgers this spring and many have asked who he is. He was Oakland's ninth round draft choice in 2000 and in July was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Ricardo Rincon and Texas drafted him from Cleveland in the Rule V draft in December of the same year. He made it to "The Show" in 2005 and played 18 games, going 3-for-18 with a double. But during one afternoon at Florida State he had a game for the ages. On May 9, 1999, playing against the University of Maryland, the Jacksonville native went 7-for-7 with six home runs, 16 RBI and 25 total bases, shattering the NCAA record for each of those categories. He was a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 1999 College World Series.

We're All No. 1-- Before the game in Jupiter Friday, there were No. 1 draft choices all over the place. Nomar Garciaparra, who was Boston's first selection in the 1994 Draft, was at first base taking ground balls from Dodger first base coach Juan Bustabad who was Boston's first choice in 1980. Other first-round draft picks in Dodger camp this spring include Chad Billingsley (LA, 2003), Mike Lieberthal (Phillies, 1990), James Loney (LA 2002), Greg Miller (LA 2002), Jason Repko (LA 1999), Larry Bigbie (Orioles, 1999), Scott Elbert (LA 2004) and Rick Monday, who was the first overall pick in the first-ever draft (1965), was in the radio booth. One Who Got Away-- Center fielder Alejandro De Aza, 22, a Rule 5 pick by the Dodgers in 2004, is batting .387 this spring and was expected to open the season at Class AA Carolina. He would be the first called up if either Tampa Bay center field candidate might falter.

Rumor Central-- Adam Wainright, of the St. Louis Post Dispatch mentioned Brad Penny's name in regards to a possible trade, and then moved on to other issues. Here's the statement: "The Dodgers are dangling starter Brad Penny as a spark for talk with the Cardinals." There was no further mention.

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