Record Crowd Enjoys Odd Game

On a "Back to the Future" evening, the Dodgers and Red Sox staged a game that would delight the X-Box generation on a field so small center fielder Andrew Jones tagged out a Sox runner attempting to steal second. That Boston won 7-4 was secondary to the money earned for the Dodgers' charity "ThinkCure."

The venerable Coliseum, where the left-field foul pole was only 201 feet from home plate, was stuffed with fans who expected perhaps a dozen home runs but the had to settle for four, two on both sides.

Kevin Youkilis smacked a three run shot in the second inning and Kevin Cash added a two-run homer in the third to effectively end the competitive part of the game.

There is no indication that a pitcher on either side suffered abrasions on his shoulders from rubbing up against the 60-foot left field screen erected to bring the playing field back to some sort of sanity.

"There were a lot of bets going with over/unders on home runs," the left fielder Andre Ethier, who played closer to center field than Jones, said. "I said there would be one or two. I lost the bet."

The crowd of 115,300, the largest to see a sporting event in Southern California and the largest to see a baseball game anywhere, were delighted by the cheap-shot drives over the screen in batting practice.

Manager Joe Torre, at the suggestion of bench coach Bob Schaefer, seemingly used a five-man infield and two outfielders but the left-field fence was so close it was hard to tell.

Center fielder Andruw Jones played just beyond the second-base bag, and is probably the only outfielder in history to make the tag on a runner caught stealing. If you are scoring at home, that was an 2-8.

Andrew Eithier drove in Rafael Furcal in the first inning with a sacrifice fly.

Dodger starter Esteban Loaiza gave up three unearned runs in the second on an eight iron shot over the screen after an error by third baseman Blake DeWitt and a walk.

Esteban coughed up two more in the third inning on a two-run homer that pretty much put the game out of hand.

The Dodgers got their first home run over the screen on a "Moon Shot" from left-handed hitter James Loney. Wally Moon, also a left-handed hitter, made the name famous in 1959 when he inside-outsided a number of drives over a simularly place left field screen.

Rookie Blake DeWitt, the projected Opening Day third baseman, added a two-run home to right-center in the ninth inning off Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Asked before the game how he planned to play the screen, Ethier said, "Just have fun with it. "Enjoy the night. Enjoy the festivities."

Boston manager Terry Francona said, "The idea behind this (the Dodgers' charity ThinkCure)is awesome. "It's more of an event for a deserving foundation. The concept is tremendous."

The Dodgers and the Sox play the third, and final game in the series to end the exhibition season.

Boston played a pair of league games against San Diego in Japan, then returned to the USA to play three exhibition games against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles send players across the glove during the spring, playing in Florida, China and Arizona. Both clubs will be delighted to play games that really count.
Boston       032 002 000-7
Los Angeles  100 000 102-4

	                ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss       	3  1  1  0  .383 
 Hu ss           	2  0  0  0  .291
Martin c        	2  0  1  0  .222 
 Chavez pr-2b    	2  0  1  0  .294 
Ethier lf-cf    	2  0  1  1  .365 
 Repko pr-cf     	2  0  0  0  .333
Kent 2b         	3  0  0  0  .200
 Bennett c       	1  0  0  0  .267
Jones cf        	2  0  0  0  .214
Young lf        	2  0  0  0  .164
Loney 1b        	3  1  2  1  .267 
 Martinez rf    	1  0  0  0  .212 
Kemp rf         	4  1  3  0  .307 
Pierre dh       	2  0  0  0  .169
 Sweeney ph-dh   	2  0  1  0  .400
Dewitt 3b       	4  1  1  2  .211 
  Totals		37 4 11 4			
  Boston		36 7 10 7

 Error- DeWitt (2). HR- Loney (1), 
Dewitt (3). RBI- Ethier (16), Loney 
(2), DeWitt 2 (10). SB- Martin (2)
Loney (3). SF- Ethier. SF- Ethier. 
LOB- Los Angeles 8, Boston 6.
               
 Loa Angeles		 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Loaiza (L)		3.0  4  5-2  1  3  4.50                  
 Park            	2.2  4  2-2  2  4  2.41   
Jones           	0.1  1  0-0  9  1  2.86    
Saito		        0.2  1  0-0  1  2  6.35                          
Koplove		        1.1  0  0-0  0  1  7.11                      
Kuo       	        1.0  9  0-0  0  1  1.69   
 T- 3:07. A- 115,300.
Dodger Blue Notes-- In the first of many moves, the Dodgers sent RHP Yhency Brazoban to the minor league camp and released LHP Mike Myers. The opening day roster will be announced sometime today (Sunday).

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