Dodgers Sign Two After Open Tryout

The Dodgers yesterday held their annual open tryout, and the club signed two players to minor league deals: RHP Tim Corcoran and INF Zach Penprase. Corcoran has played parts of three Major League seasons, going 5-9 with a 4.97 ERA in 40 games (17 starts) with Tampa Bay from 2005-07.

    He pitched at three levels of the Marlins system in 2008, going a combined 4-2 with a 5.03 ERA (33 ER/59.0 IP), including no record and a 4.50 ERA (7 ER/14.0 IP) in three games (two starts) with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Corcoran is a 12-year pro, and was selected by the Mets in the 44th round of the 1996 draft.  He is the brother of Roy Corcoran, who is in the Seattle system and is on today's travel roster.  Penprase, meanwhile, batted .235 with eight RBI in 26 games with the Red Sox's Single-A Greenville affiliate in 2008.  He began the season with Fargo of the independent Northern League before signing with Boston.  The 24-year-old, who was born and raised in Moorpark, was selected by the Phillies in the 13th round of the 2006 draft.  

MARINERS STOP FOR A VISIT:: The Dodgers today host the Seattle Mariners for the second of four Spring Training games featuring the two clubs.  Los Angeles has won two in a row after alternating wins and losses in its first eight games.  The Dodgers picked up their fifth win of the spring in nine games yesterday in Mesa against the Cubs, a 5-4 triumph.  Last year, the Boys in Blue didn't notch win No. 5 until their 12th game, a 4-0 victory over the Red Sox in Vero Beach on March 9.   

ROSTER SHUFFLE: The Dodgers yesterday designated for assignment RHP Justin Orenduff to make room for Manny Ramirez on the 40-man roster.  Orenduff, along with RHP Yhency Brazoban, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP Greg Miller, and LHP Jacobo Meque, were reassigned to minor league camp yesterday.  There are now 58 players in big league camp, excluding INF Ivan DeJesus Jr., who broke his left tibia on Monday in a "B" game against the Brewers.  

"B" YOURSELF: The Dodgers and White Sox have scheduled another "B" game for Monday at 9:30 a.m. on the replica field of U.S Cellular Field.  

BACK IN UNIFORM: Mark Sweeney yesterday announced his retirement after a 14-year Major League playing career.  The 39-year-old will now join the Dodgers field staff as Assistant Coach.  Sweeney will be in uniform for all pre-game workouts during the regular season, and will also serve as an instructor during Spring Training.  Sweeney ranks second in baseball history with 175 pinch-hits behind only Lenny Harris (212), who was hired by the Dodgers on October 31, 2008 as the Senior Hitting Coach at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.  With Sweeney, Harris, and longtime Dodger coach Manny Mota, the Dodgers now have as coaches the top three pinch hitters of all-time.  Mota logged 155 pinch-hits during his career, and retired as the all-time leader in Major League history before being surpassed by Harris and Sweeney.  

AT SEA: The Dodgers and Mariners will meet two more times during the exhibition slate.  A split-squad Dodger team will travel to Peoria on March 16, and the Mariners will travel back to Camelback Ranch – Glendale on March 24.  The two teams will face off in interleague action this year at Dodger Stadium from June 26-28.  The clubs last met during the regular season in 2006, when the Mariners took two of three at Dodger Stadium from June 20-22.  

CHAD IS A BAD, BAD MAN: Right-hander Chad Billingsley today takes the mound for his third outing of the spring.  The 24-year-old first worked on February 27 at Seattle, allowing one run and three hits in 2.0 innings.  He followed up that outing on Tuesday with 2.0 hitless innings against the Padres in Peoria.  Billingsley came into Spring Training after suffering a spiral fracture of the fibula in his left leg in Reading, PA.  Billingsley, who injured the leg after slipping on ice on the stairway to his house, had surgery to repair the fibula on November 22, a procedure performed by Dr. Paul Neuman.  Billingsley in 2008 posted a team-best 16 wins.  His 3.14 ERA led Dodger starters and ranked seventh in the National League.  He also led the entire Dodger staff with 201 strikeouts.  Billingsley threw 200.2 innings over 35 games (32 starts) in 2008.  

LEADERS OF THE PACK: OF Mitch Jones leads the Dodgers with three home runs and eight RBI.  OF Xavier Paul and INF Blake DeWitt are tied for second on the club with seven RBI.  INF Doug Mientkiewicz is the only other Dodger with at least two home runs.  Paul leads the Dodgers with nine hits, and is batting .391 (9-for-23) overall.  INF Juan Castro ranks second with seven hits, batting .538 (7-for-13).  

JUST WIN: The Dodgers Women's Initiatives Network (DodgersWIN) will present a baseball clinic at Camelback Ranch – Glendale on Saturday, March 28.  Dodger legends Maury Wills, Ron Cey, Don Newcombe, Mike Davis, and Bob Welch will lead the two-hour clinic, which will take place immediately following the afternoon's 1:05 p.m. Dodgers-White Sox Spring Training game.  Registration is $50 per person and is open to fans 15 years of age or older.  A ticket to that afternoon's game is not needed to participate in the clinic, but can be purchased separately.  Fans can sign up for this special opportunity at dodgers.com/WIN.  Additional information is available by calling 323-224-2646.  

WEDDING BELLS AT CBR: The Dodgers would like to welcome to today's game Trisha Gilligan and Steve Anderson, both long-time Dodger fans who tied the knot prior to the game in Suites 3 and 4.  The club wishes them all the best!  

UPCOMING PITCHING PROBABLES-: Sunday, March 8 at Chicago White Sox (CBR) LHP Clayton Kershaw, RHP James McDonald, LHP Scott Elbert, RHP Ramon Troncoso. 

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