Wolf Gobbles Up Texas Rangers

Randy Wolf not only made the longest spring training start, but also the best, taking a bite out of the Texas Rangers in an 11-4 Los Angeles victory. He was supported by home runs from Matt Kemp and Jason Repko, two of the dozen hits the Dodgers managed.

Wolf pitched six shutout innings, allowing only one hit. He picked Joaquin Arias off first base after his hit and a double play erased one of the two walks he issued. When he left after pitching the top of the sixth, he had more hits (2) and more runs (1) than he allowed.

He faced one batter over the minimum, erasing the hit he allowed by picking and one of his two walks by getting Arias to GIDP to end the sixth inning.

Demonstrating the incomprehensibility of spring training statistics, remember Wolf was battered for 10 hits and seven runs in his last start, a four-inning effort.

And to demonstrate the technicality of Major League baseball, Wolf made a slight adjustment that allowed his breaking ball to have a more downward movement -- keeping his elbow a bit higher. "Pretty nice adjustment," pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said after the game.

Wolf also went 2 for 2 at the plate, with a two-run double, boosting his spring average to an even .500.

Rafael Furcal had two hits, including a bunt double that eluded the third baseman and rolled into left field. It is not know of Maury Wills taught him that trick.

Jason Repko put the icing on the game when he hit a three-run homer in the eighth, his first extra-base hit of the spring. Matt Kemp slugged his third home run, a solo shot, on the first pitch in the third inning and Orlando Hudson had a two-run double.

Guillermo Mota followed Wolf with a perfect seventh. Hong-Chih Kuo (solo) and Cory Wade (one-on) each gave up home runs in the eighth and ninth.

Manny Ramirez returns to the lineup as the designated hitter as the Dodgers play their first-ever game in Tempe against the Angels today (Monday), with Chad Billingsley starting against Dustin Moseley. The Angels are not scheduled to visit Camelback Ranch to play the Dodgers, but the clubs will play April 2 at Dodger Stadium.

 Score by innings
Texas	        000 000 013- 4
Los Angeles	020 302 04x-11

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  1  2  2  .220
 Hus pr-ss	1  1  1  0  .313	
Hudson 2b	4  0  1  2  .205
 Mota p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 DeWitt 3b	0  1  0  0  .292
Ethier rf	5  0  0  0  .188
 Jones rf	0  0  0  0  .265
Loney 1b	4  0  1  1  .235
 Castro pr-2b	0  1  0  0  .459
Blake 3b	4  0  1  0  .267
 Repko pr-lf	1  1  1  3  .233
Kemp cf	        4  1  1  1  .264
 Kuo p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Pascucci ph	1  0  0  0  .429
 Wade p	        0  0  0  0  .000
Pierre lf	2  2  1  0  .186
 Paul pr-cf	0  0  0  0  .409
Ausmus c	1  2  0  0  .393
 Ellis c	1  0  0  0  .292
Wolf p	        2  1  2  2  .500
 Loretta ph-2b	2  0  1  0  .267
Mientkiewicz 1b	0  0  0  0  .238
 Totals	35 11 12 11
 Texas	30  4  5  4

 Error- Jones (1). Two-base hits_ Furcal (1), 
Wolf (1), Hudson (1). HR- Kemp (3), Repko (1). 
RBI- Wolf 2 (2), Kemp (8), Hudson 2 (3), Furcal 
2 (4), Loney (5), Repko 3 (5). SB- Pierre 2 
(9), Loney (1).

 Los Angeles	in  h r-er bb so  era
Wolf p (3-1)	6.0  1  0-0  2  6  4.20
Mota p	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  1.13
Kuo	        1.0  1  1-1  1  1 16.20
Wade p	        1.0  3  3-3  0  1  9.00
 T- 2:42. Att- 11,259.
Shawn Estes Cut
The Dodgers eliminated one from the challengers for the fifth starting spot by cutting lefthander Shawn Estes. He was offered a chance to pitch at Triple-A Albuquerque but he is still undecided.

The club also assigned knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, who will start for the Isotopes in Albuquerque.

Estes pitched two scoreless innings Saturday, then couldn't get out of a third inning, allowing a pair of runs. He has an 8.44 ERA in five Major League exhibition games, allowing 19 hits in 10.2 innings and a .380 opponents batting average.

Estes is a 12-year veteran who won 15 games as recently as 2004 with Colorado and was a 19-game winner with San Francisco in 1997. He said he came to Spring Training believing he would make the Major League team or retire.

Estes said he was disappointed and shocked. "I still feel I have a lot left and have the stuff to get big league hitters out. I still believe I can start," he said.

Manny to DH Today
Manny Ramirez remains on schedule to return to the lineup Monday as the Dodgers' designated hitter in an exhibition game against the Angels in Tempe, Ariz. Ramirez left a game over a week ago with a tight left hamstring and has been held out of action since. Torre said he would probably get three for four at bats on Monday when the Dodgers

Jones May Stick With Rangers
Former Dodger Andrew Jones may stick with the Texas Rangers despite the fact he will not be a regular and there is no guarantee he will be placed on the roster.

He met with general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington, and the five-time All-Star said he would be willing to remain with Texas as a backup outfielder and part-time designated hitter.

Jones was told he wouldn't be a regular starter for the Rangers, but Daniels says Jones expressed a desire to stay with Texas in any role. Daniels says no decision has been made.

Jones and the Rangers agreed extend by three days the deadline for a provision in his minor league contract that would allow him to become a free agent if he's not put on the big league roster. The extension pushed the deadline to Monday.

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