Dodgers Move Four More to Vegas

The Dodgers made four moves on Tuesday, none of which was unexpected. Catchers Sandy Martinez and Kelly Stinett and pitchers Joe Mays and Tim Hamulak were all sent to Las Vegas. Hamulak was optioned, all the others were assigned. In game action, Brett Tomko, recently named the fifth starter was strong although the Dodgers lost 3-0.

The Dodgers now have 31 players in play for 25 spots. The final pitching spot will probably go to Rudy Seanez, with Chin-hui Tsao optioned out. Larry Bigbie may get the final position spot over James Loney, Matt Kemp, Andy La Roche, Valdez and Abreu, but Furcal tender ankle could change that.

Yhency Brazoban, Jason Repko and Hong-Chih Kuo will start the season on the disabled list.

Marlon Anderson, who had a big stretch drive in 2006, underwent elbow surgery to remove bone chips, then injured the elbow early in the training season.

He's only played two innings in the outfield and has eight at bats -- all hitless -- yet the Dodgers say he will be ready for the start of the season.

Little has said he could used Anderson in the outfield but would prefer to use him as a pinch-hitter. That might mean a slot on teh roster for Larry Bigbie.

Anderson and catcher Mike Lieberthal played in a Minor League game Tuesday to get extra at-bats.

Derek Lowe will pitch against the Tigers in Lakeland Wednesday (today) and then fly back to Los Angeles to be ready for the Freeway Series. After the game, most of the Dodgers roster will fly out of Tampa to California for the Freeway Series opener Thursday night, the same night their is a split squad game in Vero Beach against the Mets with Joe Mays getting the start.

Dave Jauss will manage the team in Holman that will include Loney, Kemp, Anderson and Martinez. They then fly to Los Angeles. Other minor league players who will fill in during the Freeway Series are Adam Godwin, Larry Barnes, Lucas May, Blake DeWitt, Ivan DeJesus Jr., Sergio Garcia, Matt White, Travis Smith and John Meloan.

Dodgers Blanked-- Strong pitching on both sides of the field featured the game in Jupiter Tuesday. Chris Carpenter of St. Louis allowed four hits in seven innings and announced himself ready to open the season.

The Dodgers' Brett Tomko, recently named to the hotly-contested fifth starters' slot on the staff, also did an excellent job on the bound. He gave up two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked one in his best outing of the spring.

He credited a recent conversation with Sandy Koufax for part of his improvement.

"He came over during my bullpen session and saw that I was talking with Derek [Lowe] about my delivery" he told Ken Gurnick of MLB.Com. "Sandy said, 'I hope you don't mind,' and he made a suggestion about my rhythm and how he used to do it.

"When a Hall of Famer does that, you don't tell him no. If you don't listen to him and soak up everything he says like a sponge, you're a moron."

Albert Pujols slugged his first homer of the spring season but it was a monster, coming in the first inning. The blast cleared the left-field fence and landed on the balcony outside the Florida Marlins offices.

Tomko also gave up a run in the third inning on a David Eckstein fielder's choice.

Chen-hui Tsao stayed in contention for a roster spot by retiring the Cardinals without a run despite allowing a pair of singles in the sixth and Joe Beimel used only five pitches a 1-2-3 seventh.

Jonathan Broxton, still struggling with his control, walked a pair and allowed a run in the eighth.

If injured shortstop Rafael Furcal is unable to go Opening Day, Manager Grady Little gave everyone a sneak preview of what his lineup would be like without him, using Tony Abreu at shortstop and batting him second. The rookie also had two of the six Dodger hits.

Matt Kemp, destined to return to Las Vegas, seems to have found his missing stroke, hitting in his third straight game. He also threw a runner out at third base.
 Score by innings
Dodgers	        000 000 000-0
St. Louis       100 010 01x-3

 Dodgers	       ab r h bi ave
Pierre cf	        3  0  0  0  .347  
 Maza 2b	        1  0  0  0  .667
Abreu ss	        4  0  2  0  .370
Kemp rf	                3  0  1  0  .241
Kent 2b	                3  0  1  0  .265
 Godwin pr-cf	        1  0  0  0  .000
Saenz 1b	        2  0  0  0  .306
 Barnes pr-1b	        1  0  1  0  .300
LaRoche 3b	        4  0  0  0  .173
Loney lf	        3  0  1  0  .448
Stinett c	        2  0  0  0  .172
Tomko p	                2  0  0  0  .000
 Tsao p	                0  0  0  0  .000
 Bigbie ph	        1  0  0  0  .365
 Beimel p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	        0  0  0  0  .000
    Totals	        30  0  6  0
    St. Louis	        28  3  6  3

 2b hits-Kent (2). CS-Kemp (1). LOB- 
Dodgers- 6, St. Louis 11. DP- Maza, 
Abreu and Barnes.

 Dodgers	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Tomko	        5.0  3  2-2  1  3  3.60
Tsao	        1.0  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
Beimel	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Broxton	        1.0  1  1-1  2  1  9.00
 HBP- Stinnett. T:- 2:06. Att- 7,158.