Kemp's HR Spoils Matsuzaka's Day

Matt Kemp crushed a two-out, two on home run in the first inning off Daisuke Matsuzaka, driving in the only runs of the game ruining the Japanese aces' first appearance of the spring season. Seven Dodger pitchers stopped the Sox offense and te 3-0 win gives Los Angeles their fifth win of the season.

It was like the Forth of July with the carnival in town, the high school holding an alumni reunion and the National Guard battalion returning from Iraq all rolled up in one as a record 9,293 fans swarmed into 6,500 seat Holman Stadium on the sort of chilly day the Florida Chamber of Commerce don't talk about.

The Red Sox are the hottest tickets on the circuit right now, with plenty of red jerseys dotting Holman Stadium.

Russell Martin drove a double to right-center field with one out in the first. James Loney walked and with to out, Kemp's drive cleared the palm trees in left field as the ball cleared the berm.

Chin-Lung Hu singled to right leading off the second inning for the final Dodger hit of the afternoon.

Between the hit and the final out of the hoot-in-the-sun and cold-in-the-shade afternoon, Los Angeles only put four men on base, all on walks.

The final run came in the eighth inning and reminded one of Maury Wills and the 1960 Dodgers.

Juan Pierre drew walk and gave way to pinch runner George Lombard, who stole second, moved to third base on a ground ball to second base by rookie Lucas May and scored on wild pitch.

The entire sequence of events pleased manager Joe Torre. "We had aggressive baserunning, May did a good job of moving him over. We just have to make things happen."

Dodger pitching overpowered the World Champions. Esteban Loaiza allowed two hits n his three inning start and fanned four, displaying a fine curve.

Surprise of the day came when Clayton Kershaw made his second appearance of the spring and was even better than his night debut.

He induced Mike Lowell to pop out, retired J.D. Drew on a ground ball to second and fanned Sean Casey, Red Sox starters all.

He was followed by the first appearance of the year for James McDonald, held back due to a tired arm.

Arguably the No. 2 minor league starter in the system, McDonald had a strange inning. He allowed a single by Doug Maribelli, then picked him off first.

He gave up a second single to former Dodger Joe Thurston, now playing center field, and picked him off also.

A routine fly to left ended his work for the afternoon.

Greg Jones pitched a 1-2-3 sixth and Greg Miller allowed a walk and a double but fanned two.

Mike Myers and his submarine delivery made another bid for the second lefty job out of the bullpen and Mike Koplove was nearly perfect in the ninth, with the heap of a diving stop and perfect throw by rookie Brad DeWitt.

The Dodgers inched their way back toward .500, winning their fifth game against six losses and a tie.

The club meets Baltimore on the road today (Monday) with Chan Ho Park, Eric Stults, Ramon Troncoso and ERic Hull scheduled to appear on the mound.
  Score by Innings
Boston	        000 000 000-0
Los Angeles	300 000 00x-3		

  Las Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave	
Pierre cf	3  0  0  0  .250
 Lombard pr-lf	0  1  0  0  .583
Martin c	3  1  1  0  .211
 May c	        1  0  0  0  .333
Loney 1b	3  1  0  0  .379
Jones dh	2  0  0  0  .167
 Griffin pr-dh	0  0  0  0  .500
Kemp cf	        3  1  1  3  .333 
 Paul cf	1  0  0  0  .200	
Ethier rf	2  0  0  0  .269
Hu 2b	        3  0  1  0  .211
 DeWitt 3b	0  0  0  0  .000
Martinez 3b	3  0  0  0  .158
DeJesus ss	2  0  0  0  .250
 Young ph-2b	1  0  0  0  .091
  Totals	27  4  3  3
  Boston	30  0  5  0

 Error- Loney. 2b hit- Martin (2).
HR- Kemp (2). RBI- Kemp 3 (8).
SB- Lombard (2), Hu (1), Jones (1).
LOB- Boston 6, Los Angeles 4.

 Los Angeles	in   h r-er bb so   era
Loaiza (1-1)	3.0  2  0-0  2  4  3.86
Kershaw	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  4.50
McDonald	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
Jones	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Miller	        1.0  1  0-0  1  2 22.50
Myers	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Koplove	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  7.36
 T- 2:32. Att- 9,291.	  

Honored at Holman
Larry King introduced Vince Scully and Jaime Jarrin and Ron Cey was also honored before the game. Scully (59 years) and Jarrin (50) have had long and glorious careers behind the microphone for the Dodgers. Cey helped the Dodgers to pennants in 1974, 1977 and 1978 and a World Championship in 1981. Also honored were two umpires, Bruce Froemming and Dutch Rennert, who were long-time Vero Beach residents.

Return Debut
Daisuke Matsuzaka made his Boston debut last year in Holman Stadium, a game washed out by heavy rain. He made his 2008 debut and missed the rain but his teammates didn't get him any runs.

Dodger Blue Notes-- If worries about the Dodger offense are on your mind, think on this: With the shutout Sunday, Boston has scored just 6 runs in their last five games and have lost six inn a row and eight of nine. ...The hot and cold weather has taken its toll. Jason Repko is the latest to report hamstring problems, taking himself out of the game Saturday. Tony Abreu is out for an undetermined time with a pain in his, er, well his derrière. ...Under "it's an ill wind that blows no good" department, third baseman Brad DeWitt has impressed both at bat and at the plate as the Dodger third base supply thins out. Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu, who played second base Sunday, was asked and happily accepted an invitation by Torre to start taking ground balls at third. In effect, Hu's everywhere but first. ...Catcher Russ Martin leaned behind left-handed batter Davis Ortiz and picked former Dodger Alex Corra off first base in the third inning, James Loney making a reverse tag for the out. Don't suppose they had tried that a time or two in the minors do you?