Loney, Ethier Preserve 2-2 Tie

James Loney and Andre Ethier helped a sold pitching performance by seven Dodger pitchers held the Angels to a 2-2, 10 inning tie Friday night at Angels Stadium. It was the third tie of the spring season for the Dodgers.

The non-win against the Angels was old-hat for manager Joe Torre. While with the Yankees, Anaheim was the only team Torre did not have a winning record against.

Vladimer Guerrero hit a two-run home run off Dodger starter Derek Lowe in the first inning but the seven Dodgers pitchers didn't allow another run over the next nine innings.

James Loney tied the score with an RBI double in the eighth inning and Andre Ethier preserved the tie when he threw out the Angels' Brandon Wood at the plate in the bottom of the eighth to preserve the tie.

Once a best of three game series, the Freeway Series was reduced to just a single game and the Dodgers will play the Boston Red Sox over the next three days. Saturday's game will take place at the Coliseum where 115,000 plus fans are expected to attend.

But with the dawn of interleague play, the preseason games are less important.

"I remember when I first came up, 1981 was my first Freeway Series and I remember coming to this ballpark and there were about 65,000 people here. It put you back in a baseball atmosphere," former Dodgers catcher and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think there was probably a little more fan interest just because the Angels and Dodgers could only meet in the World Series."

Second baseman Chin-lung Hu had two hits, driving in a run. Rafael Furcal added two hits and two walks, raising his average to .365 with a team-high 27 hits.

Dodgers on the mound: Lowe worked three innings and made 54 pitches in his final spring tuneup, giving up two runs on Guerrero's homer and three hits overall.

Takashi Saito pitched a scoreless fourth inning, yielding a two-out triple to Kendrick, and southpaw Hong-Chih Kuo struck out three of the six men he faced in two scoreless innings, with Guerrero getting thrown out trying to stretch a single by Andre Ethier in right. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect seventh.

Chad Billingsley draws the start against the Red Sox tonight. Billingsley has allowed 16 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings (8.31) with seven walks, 13 strikeouts and a .347 batting average allowed.
 Score by innings
Los Angeles	010 000 010 0-2
Anaheim	        200 000 000 0-2

 Los Angeles 	ab h  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	5  0  0  0  .179
 Chavez 2b	0  0  0  0  .267
Furcal ss	3  0  2  0  .365
Loney 1b	5  0  1  1  .250
Kemp dh-rf	5  0  0  0  .290
Jones cf	4  0  1  0  .231
 Repko cf	0  0  0  0  .361
Martin c	4  1  1  0  .224
 Bennett c	0  0  0  0  .286
Ethier rf	4  0  1  0  .362
 Falkenborg p	0  0  0  0  .000
Hu 2b	        2  0  2  0  .314
 Sweeney ph	0  0  0  0  .370
 Martinez pr-2b	0  1  0  0  .226
 Young ph-lf	0  0  0  0  .170
DeWitt 2b	3  0  0  0  .224
  Totals	35 2 8 2
  Anaheim	37 2 9 2

 E- Lowe. 2B- Loney. CS- Furcal. 
LOB- Los Angeles 8, Anaheim 6. 
DP- Ethier and Martin.

  Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era 
Lowe	        3.0  3  2-2  1  1  5.73
Saito  	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  7.20
Kuo     	2.0  1  0-0  0  3  1.86
Broxton	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.38
Beimel	        1.0  2  0-0  0  0  9.00
Proctor	        1.0  2  0-0  0  0  1.74
Falkenborg	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.52
 T- 2:58. A-38,836.
Abreu Opens On DL
Abreu felt something in his right groin after one of his at-bats against the Brewers on Tuesday and the Dodgers placed him on the Disabled list. He won't be eligible to play until April 11 against the Padres. Stunningly, that means that rookie Blake DeWitt now might open the season at third base. That would necessitate putting him on the 40-man roster until next winter. ... Yhency Brazoban was optioned to the minors to work off the extra weight he picked up during his nearly two-years away from the game. In addition, veteran reliever Mike Myers was released. Myers was in camp on a non-roster invitation, so releasing him doesn't clear a roster spot.

Quote of the Day
"This is the culmination of a long journey designed to give Dodgers fans a shorter journey. Since the start of this process, we sought to bring the Dodgers closer to the people of Los Angeles. They have supported this team for 50 years on the West Coast, and while we loved our spring home on the East Coast, we know that over the next 50 years, far more fans of the Dodgers can enjoy Spring Training if the trip is five hours by car instead of five hours by plane.

"We have notified Indian River County and the City of Vero Beach that we will not exercise the option to remain in Vero Beach until 2021. While we are confident at this point that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, we will be able to conduct spring training in Glendale in 2009, we have until July 15 to make that determination."-- Dodger owner Frank McCourt.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The Tampa Bay Rays are seeking another outfielder and executive vice president Andrew Friedman told the St. Petersburg Times, "we'll be aggressive if something presents itself." The Dodgers, Mariners and Angels all have extra outfielders that the Rays have interest in. They would be willing to trade young starters, Edwin Jackson or Jason Hammel, both of whom are out of minor league options. ...After the Dodgers and Angels played to a 2-2 tie in Anaheim, the club now has the dubious distinction of having tied a ballgame in Florida, Arizona, China, and California during the 2008 exhibition series.

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