Dodgers Drop White Sox in Season's Opener

The Dodgers dumped their fellow park-mates, the Chicago White Sox, in a game that was obviously the first of the season for each team. Los Angeles benefitted from 10 hits, eight walks, two hit-batsmen, a wild pitch, a passed ball and two errors, making their afternoon much easier.

But the outcome was never in doubt after the first five Los Angeles pitchers held the Sox to four hits and no earned runs over the first seven innings. The Dodgers scattered their 10 hits over nine different players, with Manny Ramirez whacking a pair of singles.

However, with Manny in the designated hitter's slot, starting left fielder Reef Johnson took advantage of the situation and knocked in the first two runs with a ground ball and a crisp single.

Matt Kemp, Trayvon Robinson, Doug Mientkiewicz, Angel Berroa, James Loney, Blake DeWitt and Chin-Lung Hu added hits and Jason Repko, Mientkiewicz, Loney, Berroa, Xavier Paul, DeWitt and Hu collected runs batted in.

On the mound, Vicete Padilla and Ramon Ortiz worked two scoreless innings each, while Luis Ayala and Scott Dohmann and Jon Link added one each. Charlie Haeger's defense failed him when an error cost an unearned run. Juan Perez came in in relief to end the only real threat of the game.

The glittering Camelback Ranch park opened its gates for exhibition season No. 2 -- actually 2 1/2 counting the final two weeks in 2008 -- with a game against the Chicago White Sox, who share the park with the Dodgers and were officially the home team. Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch was Colonel Jeffrey Weed, Vice-Commander of the 56th fighter wing at nearby Luke Air Force Base, followed by a fly-over by jets from the 56th.

Matt Kemp collected the first Dodgers hit of the exhibition season by beating out a ground ball in the first. Designated hitter Manny Ramirez rolled a single into right field to move him to third but both were left on base. Casey Blake walked, Blake DeWitt singled to short left, and helped by a passed ball and Reed Johnson's (Chicago Cubs) ground ball, the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second with an unearned run.

Ramirez got his second hit, and the Dodgers' fourth, on a sharp ground ball up the middle in the third but was left at first.

Vicente Padilla took up where he left off at the end of the 2009 season, retiring all six Sox he faced. Ramon Ortiz (Fresno) gave up the first Chicago hit but also recorded the first -- and second -- strikeout of the afternoon. He added a scoreless fourth.

DeWitt walked in the fourth and later scored on Johnson's second RBI, a line single to center.

Los Angeles added a pair of runs in the fifth, with the help of an error by the left fielder. Kemp walked and Trayvon Robinson (Inland Empire and Chattanooga) ran for him. Ethier lined to left and the ball was dropped. Loney singled in the first run and Russ Mitchell (Chattanooga) ran for him. Jamey Carroll (Cleveland), in for Casey Blake, lined a sacrifice fly to right for the second run and a 4-0 lead.

Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger (Albuquerque & LA) opened the fifth by allowing a single and a walk. A passed ball and a grounder to third base cost him a run, unearned though it might be.

Martin led off the sixth with a walk and then surprised the Sox and most of the fans, with a stolen base. Nick Green (Boston), replacing Furcal at short, was hit by a pitch and Robinson walked to load the bases. Jason Repko (LA and Albuquerque), fighting a log-jam of outfielders, was hit by a pitch to force across a run. Pinch-hitter Doug Mientkiewicz walked for force in another and the Dodgers had boosted their margin to 6-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Prentice Redman (Tacoma) replaced Repko, who had been hit by a pitch. Luis Ayala (Minnesota), with the help of a double play, pitched a scoreless inning. Carroll walked, stole second and third, then scored on Xavier Paul's (LA and Albuquerque) fly to center in the seventh. A pair of sharp fielding plays, by Carroll at third and Green at short, and a strikeout helped Scott Dohmann (Reno) add another "0" in the seventh

Francisco Felix (Albuquerque) was touched up for a pair of leadoff singles in the eighth. A double to the base of the right field wall drove in one and an infield hit that second baseman Chin-Lung Hu (Albuquerque) kept from going through into the outfield drove in one but saved a second run.

Juan Perez (Gwinnette) took over with one out and runners at first and third. He got a little roller up the first base line for the second out, the runner inexplicably holding third, and retired the side on a bouncer to third base.

Angel Berroa (NY Mets & Yankees) and Hu singled to open the top of the ninth, sending Berroa to third. Hu stole second, the fourth stolen base for the Dodgers during the afternoon, and when the throw went into center field, Berroa scored.

The Dodgers took an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth and Jon Link (Columbus) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to nail it down.

Los Angeles	        010 122 101-8
Chicago White Sox	000 010 020-3

 Los Angeles	        ab  r  h  bi  ave
Rafael Furcal ss	3  0  0  0  .000
 Nick Green ss	        1  1  0  0  .000
 Ivan De Jesus, Jr.	0  0  0  0  .000
Matt Kemp cf	        2  0  1  0  .500
 Trayvon Robinson pr-cf	1  1  1  0  1.000	
Andre Ethier rf	        3  0  0  0  .000
 Jason Repko pr-rf	0  1  0  0  .000
 Prentice Redman rf	1  0  0  0  .000  
Manny Ramirez dh	3  0  2  0  .667
 Doug Mientkiewicz dh	1  0  1  1  .333
James Loney 1b	        3  0  1  1  .500
 Russ Mitchell pr-1b	2  0  0  0  .000
Casey Blake 3b	        1  1  0  0  .000
 Jamey Carroll 3b	0  1  0  1  .000
 Angel Berroa 3b	1  1  1  0  1.000
Blake DeWitt 2b	        2  1  1  0  .500
 Chin-Lung Hu 2b	2  0  1  0  .500
Russell Martin c	2  1  0  0  .000
 A.J. Ellis c	        1  0  0  0  .000
Reed Johnson lf	        2  1  1  2  .500
 Xavier Paul lf         2  0  0  1  .000
 Totals	                33  8  10  7
 ChiSox	                35  3   8  3

 Error- Johnson (1). 2b hit- Mientkiewicz (1).
SF- Carroll, Paul. LOB- Dodgers 10, Chicago 6.
SB- Carroll 2, Hu, Martin. DP- Hu, Green and
	        in  h  r-er  bb  so  era
Vincent Padilla 	2.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Ramon Ortiz	2.0  2  0-0  0  2  0.00
Charlie Haeger	1.0  1  1-0  0  0  0.00
Luis Ayala	1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Scott Dohmann	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Francico Felix	0.1  4  2-2  0  0 54.00
Juan Perez	0.2  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Jon Link	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 Winner- Padilla (1-0). HBP- Green, Repko. 
PB- Martin. T- 3:02.
Att- 7,209.		
Dodger Home Opener-- The Dodgers home opener Saturday will feature LHP Eric Stults, RHP James McDonald, RHP Eric Gagné, RHP Jeff Weaver, RHP Travis Schlichting, RHP Cory Wade and RHP Russ Ortiz on the mound.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The 141-acre Camelback campus saw over 220,000 fans visit in its inaugural season. In 2009, Phoenix New Times voted Camelback Ranch-Glendale the "Best Place to See a Spring Training Game." In addition, the facility won the editor's choice award by Baseball Digest for its unique design. ...The oldest player in Dodger camp is catcher Brad Ausmus, who will turn 41 on April 14. The youngest player in camp is staring pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who was born on March 19, 1988, and will be 21 for the next two weeks. Ausmus ranks second among active catchers with 1,917 games behind the plate, trailing only Ivan Rodriguez (2,288). He is tied for eighth on the all-time list with Benito Santiago. The Connecticut native is a three-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, earning the honor for National League catchers while with Houston in 2001, 2002, and 2006. ...Saturday night at the Penske Racing Museum in Phoenix, Dodger center fielder Matt Kemp and former Dodger Dave Stewart are hosting the second annual "Ante Up for Autism" celebrity fundraiser. The gala will feature a charity poker event and other Vegas-style gaming activities, a silent and live auction, dinner and cocktails along with DJ lounge music. Sports celebrities expected to attend include Danica Patrick, Donovan McNabb, Rickey Henderson, Frank Robinson, Dusty Baker, David Justice and Torii Hunter. Dodger teammates Chad Billingsley, James Loney, Casey Blake and Russell Martin will also attend. In addition, Professional poker stars signed on to participate in the charity poker tournament include Tiffany Michelle a.k.a. "Hot Chips," Maria Ho and Jamie Gold a.k.a. "The Poker Philanthropist." Last year's inaugural event raised over $175,000 for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). ..."Team Loney" won the hitting skills competition this morning, defeating "Team Martin" and keeping its unblemished record. Following the contest, which highlighted situational hitting, baserunning, bunting, hit-and-run plays and advancing a baserunner, Dodger third base coach Larry Bowa named Ronnie Belliard and Chin-lung Hu the Co-MVP's. (Dodger Publicity Department notes).   

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