It's Great to Be (Delwyn) Young and a Dodger

Outfielder Delwyn Young, fighting for a spot on the Dodgers 25-man roster, gained some points when he singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth to score Jason Repko, beat Texas 4-3 and escape the Friday the 13th jinx.

Dodgers pitching, for the most part, was rock solid. Billingsley was tagged for three in the first and from that point on, six different pitchers held the Rangers to only a pair of hits and no runs.

xx Randolph took over for Billingsley in the third and retired the side. James McDonald allowed one it in two innings but walked four. Jeff Weaver surrendered a single in his only inning.

The Guillermo Mota, Cory Wade (in his first appearance of the season) and Jesus Castillo set Texas down in order without a baserunner.

Four times the Dodgers bounced into double plays to kill budding rallies.

Starter Chad Billingsley was thumped for a pair of towering home runs that came back-to-back in the first inning and put the Dodgers in a 3-0 hole.

Manny Ramirez, playing in his first game as a designated hitter, drew a walk in the bottom of the inning. Orlando Hudson and Andre Ethier singled for one run, then James Loney singled and Casey Blake reached on an error that allowed Ramirez to score the second run.

Hudson singled in the third inning and Ethier singled him home to tie the game.

It stayed that way until the last of the ninth when Jason Repko and Mark Loretta walked before Young lined a shot up the gap in left center to drive in the winner.

The Dodgers move to 8-6, the top mark among National League teams in the Cactus League. The standings:

CACTUS LEAGUE
 National League	w-l  gb
Los Angeles	        8-6  --
Milwaukee	        6-6  1.0
San Francisco	        8-8  1.0
Chicago Cubs	        8-9  1.5
Colorado	        6-8  2.0
Arizona	                5-8  2.5
San Diego	        3-7  3.0
The Dodgers travel to meet the Brewers on Saturday (today).

 Score by innings
Texas	        300 000 00
Los Angeles	201 000 0

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  1  0  .238
 DeWitt ss	2  0  0  0  .233
Hudson 2b	2  2  1  0  .222
 Loretta 2b-3b	0  0  0  0  .235
 Hu pr	        0  0  0  0  .304
Ramirez dh	1  1  1  0 1.000
 Pascucci pr-dh	1  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph	1  0  1  0  .320
Ethier rf	3  0  1  1  .217
 Jones 1b	1  0  0  0  .250
Loney 1b	3  0  1  0  .258
 Mientkiewicz 1b 1 0  0  0  .133
Blake 3b	3  0  0  1  .308
 Castro 2b	1  0  1  0  .545
Kemp cf	        3  0  0  0  .265
 Paul cf	1  0  0  0  .394
Pierre lf	2  0  0  0  .148
 Ellis c	1  0  0  0  .313
Ausmus c	2  0  1  0  .444
 Repko pr-lf	0  1  0  0  .190
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 Totals         34 4 8 3
 Texas          32 3 6 3

 Error- Ausmus (1). 2b hits- Ausmus (3).
RBI- Ethier (3), Blake (3), Young (8). 
SB- Pierre (4).LOB- Los Angeles 10, Texas (9).

 Los Angeles          in  r r-er bb so  era
Billingsley          2.1  4  3-3  2  4  3.86
Randolph             0.2  0  0-0  0  1  4.91  
McDonald             2.0  1  0-0  0  1  4.70
Weaver               1.0  1  0-0  0  1  1.80
Mota                 1.0  0  0-0  0  2  1.50
Wade                 1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Castillo (1-0)       1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.00
 HBP- By Castro. PB- Ausmus (1). T- 3:16.
Att- 8,389.
How About Pedro?
There is a great buzz about the Dodgers signing Pedro Martinez and using him as the fifth starter.

However, it is estimated he would cost $5 million with incentives and the Dodgers are just not interested at that price.

There haven't even been any recent talks between the player's agent and the club. "A lot of things would have to fall into place," general manager Ned Colletti said.

Manager Joe Torre, who is looking at veterans Jason Schmidt, Eric Milton, Claudio Vargas and Shawn Estes for the final spot in the roster, was very complimentary about Martinez.

"He's a tough competitor, the best at one time in this game," Torre said. "He may not have the velocity he had, but he has the know-how. He certainly throws hard enough to keep hitters off balance. I share Ned's comment about curiosity, his experience and the fact that he's been a winner and started in the organization.

"Does that mean we're on the threshold of signing him? No. I don't think there's been any contact made. But being asked a question, I can't say there's no interest at all."

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