Dodgers Let Snakes Slip Away

After the first two games in the Cactus League, the Dodgers are 1-0 in "home" games and 0-1 on the road. They banged out 13 hits, including a long home run by Andruw Jones, but Arizona rallied from an 8-3 deficit to score two in the eighth to win 9-8.

Chan Ho Park was dominating again, firing three scoreless innings and whacking the first hit, a double, off Randy Johnson. He scored the first run of the game moments later on Juan Pierre's single.

In the top of the third, Andruw Jones hit his third Spring Training homer -- a mammoth shot over the left field fence -- with a runner on base.

Jones was a triple short of hitting for the cycle, a day after Rafael Furcal had an identical game. Jones singled, stole a base and scored a run in the sixth, then doubled to left in the seventh.

Matt Kemp singled and doubled, recording a pair of runs batted in that ran his team-leading total to 17.

Catcher Chris Snyder punished the Dodgers, lining a game-tying, three-run home run in the fourth off Park and added his fifth homer -- another three run job -- in the sixth off Mark Koplove.

Chris Burke doubled down the left-field line in the seventh, stole third and scored on a throwing error by Gary Bennett.

Rudy Seanez served up a two-run homer to outfielder Justin Upton to turn an 80-7 Dodger lead into a 9-8 loss.

Hong-Chih Kuo (two runs) and Scott Proctor (the unearned run) were tagged for runs.

Randy Johnson pitched 3.2 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out three. runs on six hits.

The Cactus League records for the two teams are remarkably similar, the Diamondbacks are 9-14-1 and Dodgers 9-14-2.

Derek Lowe starts for the Dodgers as they host the Angels at Phoenix Municipal Stadium at 1:05 p.m.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	001 205 000-8
Arizona	        000 303 12x-9

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave	
Pierre lf	5  0  1  1  .200
Furcal ss	4  1  2  1  .339
Kemp rf-cf	5  0  2  2  .314
Loney 1b	3  1  0  0  .233
 Kuo p	        1  0  0  0  .000
 Koplove p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ethier rf	1  0  0  0  .345
Jones cf	4  2  3  2  .256
 DeWitt 3b	1  0  0  0  .243
Hu 2b	        4  1  1  1  .243
Abreu 3b	4  0  0  0  .214
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Seanez p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph	1  0  0  0  .152
Bennett c	3  1  2  0  .304
Park p	        2  1  1  0  .500
 Martinez 1b	1  1  1  1  .208
 Sweeney ph-1b	0  0  0  0  .318
  Totals	39 8 13 8
  Arizona	31 9  9 8

 Error- Bennett (1). 2b hits- Park
(1), Kemp (3), Jones (2). HR- Jones
(3). RBI- Pierre (3), Jones 2 (8),
Hu (4), Martinez (1), Furcal (12),
Kemp 2 (17). SB- Kemp (4), Jones
(2). CS- Pierre (1), Hu (2). DP-
Furcal, Martinez and Loney 2.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Park	        4.0  3  3-3  3  1  1.69
Kuo	        1.2  1  2-2  2  0  2.35
Koplove	        0.1  1  1-1  0  1  9.00
Proctor	        1.0  1  1-0  0  2  2.25
Seanez (L)	1.0  3  2-2  0  0  4.50
 T- 3:18. Att- 11.374.
Kent Doubtful
Manager Joe Torre now says that the other Dodger veteran, Jeff Kent, will also miss the opening game of the season. Not because he is injured but because he has had so little playing time. Nomar Garciaparra will be out of action with a small break on his right hand.

Pierre Upset
Outfielder Juan Pierre met with Joe Torre after the first game and game and complained about not playing and compounding that, pinch-hitting.

Torre said,"I asked him to be patient with me. When we got Andruw, nobody talked to him. I wanted to go out of my way to let him know what my thinking was."

Pierre apparently was disappointed He had not been told of the acquisition of free-agent acquisition of Andruw Jones, realizing that would place him in competition for his starting spot with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier for the final two outfield starting spots.

Pierre received a five-year contract before the 2006 Winter Meetings to play center field and has the longest current consecutive games played streak in the Major Leagues at 434.

"I don't expect him to be happy about it," said Torre. "He just wants to know my thinking. I told him when I know, I would let him know before somebody else does."

Before the game with the Diamondbacks Friday, Pierre was batting .200, Kemp .304 with three homers and Ethier .352 with five homers.

Hu May Be at Third
With Garciaparra and LaRoche not available for opening day, Torre may turn to Chin-Lung Hu.

Hu, who many feel would be a gold glove shortstop, also played second base at Las Vegas and has been taking grounders at third since before the Dodgers' trip to China earlier this month.

"I think I'd be fine if I played (third)," Hu said. "Last year was my first time at second base, and now I feel more comfortable at second base."

Hu, who was the organization's "Player of the Year," batted .241 with two home runs in 12 games with the Dodgers last year, and .325 with 40 doubles and 14 home runs in the minor leagues. He's hitting .324 this spring.

Both manager Joe Torre and general manager Ned Colletti consider Abreu is a strong candidate to play third if healthy due to his experience there. Abreu hit .271 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 59 games for the Dodgers last season, making four errors in 75 chances at third base.

The 22-year-old Blake DeWitt, winner of the Mulvey Award as the top rookie during spring training, is a prospect who hasn't played above Double-A, but is hitting .372 this spring.

Andy LaRoche tore a ligament in his right thumb March 7 and underwent surgery. He is expected to be sidelined until mid-May at the earliest.

Garciaparra is participating in fielding drills Friday, covering second base and third base on throws from pitchers, and it taking grounders at third. But he doesn't throw, and don't take part in batting practice.

Dodger Blue Notes
On this date in 1987, the Dodgers dedicated Campo Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic, a camp designed for young Latin players to help further the growth of baseball. Spearheaded and designed by then Dodger scout and former Vice President Ralph Avila, Campo Las Palmas is located on 50 acres in the sleepy town of Guerra, 15 miles east of Santo Domingo.  There are 15 current big leaguers who have come through Campo Las Palmas, including current Dodger Tony Abreu and former All-Stars Pedro and Ramon Martinez, Raul Mondesi, and Jose Offerman. For more information on Campo Las Palmas, please read pg. 502 of the 2008 Dodger Information Guide.  

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