Dodgers-Sox Tie 3-3 in "B" Game

In an effort to makeup innings lost in the rainout with the Cubs, Los Angeles engaged the White Sox in a "B" game Monday. 22-year-old Josh Lindblom sparkled in the contest, allowing one hit while pitching a pair of scoreless innings in relief, rekindling the thought that he, too, could be a contender for the fifth starting slot. The game was on a time limit with the Sox meeting the Mariners later.

Lindblom nearly made the Dodgers roster last year out of spring training, catching the eye of the Dodgers coaching staff before, rather reluctantly, being returned to the minor leagues for a bit more seasoning.

"Am I allowed to say it with my general manager around," Torre asked, after naming Lindblom as the player that caught his eye. "He's pretty simple to watch. His ball explodes at the end with something on it."

The Dodgers rallied from a 3-0 deficit after five innings to knot the game, helped by two unearned runs and a home run from first baseman John Lindsey.

Scott Elbert started for the Dodgers and worked the first two innings, giving up three runs -- two earned -- while striking out three. He walked one and hit one.

The Dodgers had seven hits but hit into four double plays and trailed until late in the game. Brian Giles finished the game with three hits. Lindsey had a single to go with his home runs and Michael Restovich, Ivan De Jesus, Argenis Reyes, Brad Ausmus and Lindsey also had base hits.

Ramon Troncoso worked a scoreless fifth and Kenley Jansen, Travis Schlichting and Javy Guerra added shutout innings.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Reliever Cory Wade had an injection in his sore shoulder and has been shut down for two weeks. Wade missed much of 2009 with a sore shoulder. ...Before the Colorado game, Blake DeWitt was the Cactus League's leading hitting with a remarkable .800 average. Manny Ramirez was third at .571. DeWitt, who is the heir apparent to the second base job, also leads the league with an .889 on-base average and is fourth with a 1.000 slugging average. Jamey Carroll is tied for the lead with a pair of stolen bases. ...Pitcher Ron Belisario is still tied up in red tape over his visa and the Dodger players have placed "Most Wanted" posters around the clubhouse and one suggested they employ Dog the Bounty Hunter to track him down. ...Manager Joe Torre said of rookie catcher A.J. Ellis, "He has a real good feel for pitching. Mechanically, he has a few flaws because he is inexperienced but he can become a good catcher -- good target, good feet, strong throwing arm and a good work ethic. Pitchers seem to like to pitch to him." ...The Jackie Robinson Foundation honored Commissioner Bud Selig with their 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in New York Monday night. ...

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