Late Dodger Homer Trips Nats - SS Game No. 1

The Dodgers sent only a few members of the 40-man roster to Vierra in the first game of a split-squad doubleheader, with the second game to be played at night Holman Stadium in Vero Beach. L.A. got a home run in the sixth to break a 3-3 tie and go on to win 5-3.

Esteban Loaiza, battling for the fifth starting slot, started in Viera against his old team and pitched two hitless innings, allowing only a single base runner when he hit outfielder Lasting Milledge with a pitch.

Over his 13-year major league career, he is 125-122 with a 4.64 earned run average.

It was Loaiza's second appearance of the spring. He was hit hard in a loss Friday at Atlanta, giving up three runs on four hits in two innings of relief. 

He was given two runs to work with in the second when Andruw Jones walked and Nomar Garciaparra doubled. Mark Sweeney's ground ball scored one and John Lindsey collected the second RBI with a single.

Andre Ethier slugged his first homer of the spring in the third. It was the second home run for the Dodgers this spring.

But the 3-0 lead didn't last long. Rookie Justin Orenduff took over in bottom of the inning, loading the bases on two walks and a single. A wild pitch scored one and Milledge rapped a two-run single to tie the score.

Another rookie, Cody Wade replaced Orenduff and retired the next two Nationals to end the inning, then worked a scoreless fourth.

The Dodgers lost a run in the fifth when Ivan De Jesus doubled and Ethier singled to left but De Jesus was thrown out at the plate.

Mario Alvarez worked the bottom of the fifth and had a tough time, allowing a pair of hits and committing a balk but escaped without allowing a run and was eventually the winning pitcher.

John Lindsey broke the tie with a two-out, two-run home run in the sixth inning after Garciaparra singled.

Brian Akin and Rick Asadoorian worked scoreless innings before the Dodgers brought in James Adkins, one of the Dodgers' two first-round picks in last year's draft who was borrowed from minor-league camp for today's split squad game.

With two out and two on base in the eighth inning when he was hit in the left leg by a line drive.

Obviously in pain, he limped to the ball and threw too late to get the batter before collapsing. He was able to walk off under his own power.

Adkins was drafted out of the University of Tennessee and started at low Single-A Great Lakes last summer, jumping over Rookie level Ogden.

Miguel Pinango, who won 10 games at Las Vegas after the Dodgers signed him as a free agent in 2007, got the final out of the inning and then pitched a scoreless ninth -- allowing a pair of hits -- to earn the save.

Ivan De Jesus, Andre Ethier, Nomar Garciaparra and John Lindsey each had a pair of hits, with Lindsey driving in three runs.

The Dodgers have won two of five spring games and Lindsey has driven in the winning run in each.

The Dodgers were held hitless over the final three innings.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	021 002 000-3
Washington	003 000 000-5

 Los Angeles	ab  r  h  bi  ave
DeJesus ss	5  0  2  0  .400	
Young lf	5  0  0  0  .000
Ethier rf	4  1  2  1  .267
 Paul pr-rf	0  0  0  0  .200	
Jones cf	2  1  0  0  .167
 Ardoin c	0  0  0  0  .000	
Garciaparra 3b	3  2  2  0  .385
 Repko cf	1  0  0  0  .167
Sweeney dh	4  0  0  0  .091
Lindsey 1b      3  1  2  3  .375
 Martinez 1b	0  0  0  0  .000
Bennett c	3  0  1  0  .222
 Tiffee 3b	1  0  0  0  .000		
Chavez 2b	4  0  0  0  .167
  Totals	35 5  9 5
  Washington	35 3 10 2

 
Error- Lindsey (2). 2B hits- 
Garciaparra (1), De Jesus (1).
HR- Ethier (1), Lindsey (1).
RBI- Sweeney (2), Lindsey 3 
(5), Ethier (2). SB- Ethier (1).
LOB- Dodgers 6, Nationals 9.
DP- DeJesus, Chavez and Lindsey.

 Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Loaiza		2.0  0  0-0  0  2  6.75
Orenduff	0.1  2  3-3  2  0 20.25
Wade		1.2  1  0-0  0	1  0.00
Alvarez (L)	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
Akin		1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Asadoorian	1.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
Adkins		0.2  1  0-0  1  0  0.00
Pinango		1.1  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
 HBP- Loaiza, Asadoorian. Balk- Alvaez.
T- 2:5. Att- 1,762.
Lopes Has Prostrate Cancer
Former Dodger All-Star and present Philadelphia Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and team officials said he was expected to make a full recovery.

Lopes will have surgery later this month at the in Clearwater and is expected to miss six weeks after that.

Lopes' cancer was found after he went through a routine examination with the rest of the coaching staff on Feb. 12, two days before pitchers and catchers reported to camp.

Lopes, 62, is entering his second season with the Phillies coaching staff.

Lopes played the majority of his 16-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was manager of the Brewers from 2000-2002. Withe the Dodgers he led the National League in stolen bases in 1975 and 1976.

The Question of Inge
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com ws asked the question about of the possible acquistion of third baseman Inge. "He is available. Gurnick writes, "and the Dodgers are uncertain at third baseman, so they've reportedly talked."

Inge is owed $19.1 million over the next three years and the Dodgers already have an $8.5 million tied up in Nomar Garciaparra and have Andy LaRoche, who is 24, young and talented.

The Dodgers must decide that neither Garciaparra nor LaRoche can fill the bill before they pop for $19.1 million worth of a player whose team doesn't want.

"The concern over third base is understandable," Gurnick said, "but I don't see where Inge makes much sense."

Glendale Report
Tony Jackson of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that the official construction document showing the components of the Dodgers new spring complex in Glendale has been promised soon.

The club is also expecting the actual blueprints for the $80 million facility. The Dodgers and White Sox are expected to kick in $7.5 million for their respective practice fields.