Lasorda Tagged With Loss in First Game

With manager Joe Torre on his way to China with a 22-man roster in tow, Tom Lasorda managed his first squad of professionals since his retirement but saw his team squander 3-1 and 5-3 leads en route to a 7-6 loss.

"It's been a long time," he said after the game. "I enjoyed it today and will enjoy the rest of the games. We'll get them tomorrow."

He delighted the 6,866 fans in attendance in the second inning when James Loney hit a little tap down the first base line. The ball seemed to have rolled foul by the time the Florida first baseman picked it up, but he tagged Loney, the ball was called fair and the inning ended.

Lasorda demonstrated his familiar trot was still in working order and he jawed with the umpire for a moment before retiring to the dugout amid great roaring and applause.

After the game he said, "I told the first base ump he missed the call.

"Who told you that?" he asked.

"(Pitching coach Rick) Honeycutt," Lasorda said with a broad smile.

Derek Lowe started and faced only ten men in the first three innings, then struggled to complete the fourth, allowing three runs and was saved more damage by a great stop behind first base by James Loney who gobbled up an apparent triple down the line.

Dan Uggla celebrated his birthday and gave Florida a 1-0 lead in the first inning, smacking a shot over the left field fence off Lowe.

A run scored on a double play and Andre Ethier singled in a run in the first. Furcal's single made it 3-1 in the second and after the Marlins tied the game 3-3, tripled in a run in the fifth and scored on Russell Martin's ground ball.

Hong-Chic Kuo (two strikeouts) and Scott Proctor added scoreless innings and the Dodgers led 5-3 after six.

Yhency Brazoban took over and with one out and the bases loaded induced Uggla to bounce to short. Rafael Furcal flipped the ball to Delwyn Young for the second out but Young's throw to first was wide and two runs scored.

Joe Beimel came in to get the third out and did, but he allowed a RBI single and an RBI double to break the tie.

Los Angeles scored their final run when rookie Blake DeWitt, who had doubled earlier, smacked a home run directly down the right field line.

Furcal boosted his average to .357 with three hits in four trips, including a triple, with a pair of runs batted in.
 Score by innings
Florida	        000 200 400-6
Los Angeles	210 020 010-5

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	3  2  0  0  .200
 De Jesus ss	1  0  0  0  .200
Furcal ss	4  2  3  2  .357
 Bennett c	1  0  0  0  .250
Loney 1b	2  0  0  0  .355
 Mitchell 1b	1  0  0  0  .000
Martin c	4  0  1  1  .217
 Maza 2b	1  0  0  0  .000
Ethier rf	4  0  1  1  .267
Young 2b	3  0  1  0  .143
 Raglani lf	0  0  0  0  .000
Repko cf	4  0  0  0  .250
DeWitt 3b	3  2  2  1  .300
 Penny ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Tomlin ph	1  0  1  0  1.000
  Totals	34  6  9  5
  Florida	35  7 10  6

 Error- Young. 2b hits- DeWitt (1).
3b hit- Furcal (3). HR- DeWitt (1).
RBI- Ethier (4), Furcal 2 (7),
Martin (2), DeWitt (1). S- Lowe.
CS- Young (1). LOB- Los Angeles 7,
Florida 4. DP- Furcal, Young and
Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lowe	        4.0  4  3-3  2  4  9.00
Kuo	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  0.00
Proctor	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  3.00
Brazoban (L)	0.2  2  3-3  1  0 13.50
Beimel	        1.1  3  1-1  0  1  8.10
Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  0  2  3.00
 HBP- Pierre. T- 2:26. Att- 6,866.
Hail to the Chief
Lasorda will skipper the remainder of the Dodgers' Grapefruit League games (eight in total).

Lasorda last managed in 2000, when he guided an underdog U.S. Olympic team to a Gold Medal over the heavily-favored Cuban National Team in Sydney, Australia.

The Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman is entering his 59th season in the Dodger organization.

In his 20-year Major League managerial career, he compiled a 1,599-1,439 record while winning two World Championships, four National League pennants, and eight division titles.

Torre's squad, including Andruw Jones and Matt Kemp, bussed to Orlando to catch their flight to Beijing, China for a two-game exhibition series with the San Diego Padres.

The flight, which leaves Wednesday (today), will arrive in China on Thursday. The team will work out and make a visit to the Great Wall of China on Friday before the pair of games over the weekend.

Unfortunately, Nomar Garciaparra and Mark Sweeney had to bow out of the Far East trip yesterday due to injuries suffered in the last week.

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