Dodgers Maul Taiwan Stars 11-1

The Dodgers pounded three Taiwan pitchers for 16 hits en route to an 11-1 win and a split of the truncated three-game series. The middle game of the three was rained out. Manny Ramirez, James Loney and Chin-Lung Hu each had three hits. Los Angeles pitchers allowed nine hits but only a single run during the game.

"Both teams played with a lot of energy, " Dodgers manager Joe Torre said after the game. He also voiced appreciation for Taiwanese fans' passion for the game and knowledge of baseball. The National League team was scheduled to fly back to Phoenix, Arizona Sunday night on a charter flight and resume its preparations for the new season.

The Dodgers jumped into an early lead by scoring three runs in the opening inning and taking a 5-1 lead after the fifth.

Dodgers starter Josh Towers, who pitched for the Yankees in 2008 and replaces scheduled starter and Taiwan native Hong-Chih Kuo, gave up three hits and a run in the bottom of the first, then settled down to blank the Taiwanese in two more innings of work. Rookie Josh Lindblom, who pitched for Chattanooga and Albuquerque last season, allowed one hit in his three innings and displayed a glimpse of things to come.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported that Torre issued a reminder left over from last spring, when Lindblom made an unexpected run at a job late in spring, only for management to put the brakes on rushing the non-roster right-hander. "I learned not to get excited about guys not on the roster," Torre said of the 22-year-old. "He's a longshot," he told Gurnick.

Scott Dohmann, who was with Tampa Bay in 2008, converted catcher Kenley Jansen and Jon Link, obtained from the White Six in the Juan Pierre trade, each added a scoreless inning.

Ramirez, enthralled the crowd and was the most popular non-Taiwan born player in the series. He suggested he will have to play in the outfield a little bit more to get into shape before the season and said that he enjoyed the competition in Taiwan.

Angel Berroa drove in two runs with an RBI double in the eighth inning. Trayvon Robinson, who played for the Chattanooga Lookouts, had a two-run home run, the series' only home run, and a sacrifice fly along with three runs scored.

The game, played before a crowd of 20,510 in Kaohsiung County Stadium in southern Taiwan, was special for Kuo and Hu, both of whom come from that part of the country. Kuo missed his scheduled start and an opportunity to pitch in front of his family due to a sore elbow. Hu did not disappoint the sold-out crowd with his multiple-hit performance.

"I'm sorry for not being able to pitch for you and my family today, but I'll be gearing up for the new season and hopefully things turn out well, "Kuo addressed the crowd after the game.

The Dodgers, the only Major League Baseball team ever to play in Taiwan, first visited the country in 1993 with a full squad that included star players such as Mike Piazza, Orel Hershiser and Pedro Martinez. After the game, Ramirez thanked Taiwanese fans for their enthusiastic reception of him. "I want to express my thanks to all the people in Taiwan who received me so warmly," he said. "The Taiwanese league is a strong league with good pitching."

"Right now, this is practice and I'm not quite in form yet, but I'm getting into shape," said Ramirez, who was again the designated hitter. "I still need to play outfield. This was good experience. This league is good and the competition is good as well."

Ramirez also made himself laugh in the postgame news conference when asked how long he would play." After speaking to my financier," he said, "five years, minimum. Maybe 15 years."

The euphoria over the win was brief for four players who were sent down after the game in the Dodgers' first cuts of the spring. Non-roster players Outfielder Brian Barton, pitchers Jansen and Francisco Felix and catcher Gabriel Gutierrez were reassigned to minor league camp. Jansen was optioned from the major league roster.

The Dodgers were impressed with the passion displayed by the local fans. Rookie catcher Lucas May told Gurnick, "You don't realize how you touch people the way we do, even when they don't know your name, just the uniform.

"The people here love baseball and are in awe of the Dodgers. The history of China was interesting, with the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. But here, the people know their baseball and are so friendly and respectful. They're always smiling and that goes a long way."

The Dodgers, the only Major League Baseball team ever to play in Taiwan, first visited the country in 1993 with a full squad that included star players such as Mike Piazza, Orel Hershiser and Pedro Martinez.

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	301 012 022-11
CPBL All-Stars	100 000 000- 1

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Robinson cf	3  3  1  3  .286
Carroll ss-3b	5  0  0  0  .000
Ramirez dh	4  3  3  1  .429
 Lindsey ph-dh	2  0  0  0  .000
Loney 1b	5  1  3  1  .500
 Mitchell pr-1b	0  1  0  0  .000
Belliard 3b	4  0  0  1  .000
 Berroa 2b	1  0  1  2  1.000
Paul cf	        4  0  2  2  .222
 Barton rf	0  0  0  0  .000
May c	        4  0  1  0  .167
 Closser c	1  0  0  0  .000
Restovich lf	3  0  2  0  .667
 Redman pr-lf	1  1  0  0  .000
Hu 2b-ss	5  2  3  0  .625
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 Dodgers	42 11 16 10
 CPBL Stars	35  1  9  0

 Two-base hits- Ramirez (1), May (1),
Berroa (1), Hu (1). 3b- Loney (1),
HR- Robinson (1). RBI- Ramirez (1),
Loney (1), Belliard (1), Paul 2 (2),
Robinson 3 (3), Berroa 2 (2). 
S-Carroll. SF- Robinson. LOB- Los
Angeles 19m CPBL 8. RISP- Los Angeles
5-for-16, CPBL 10-for-6. DP- Loney,
Carroll and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Towers (1-0)	3.0  4  1-1  0  2  3.00
Lindblom	3.0  1  0-0  1  3  0.00
Dohmann       1.0  2  0-0  0  1  0.00
Jansen	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
Link	        1.0  2  0-0  0  2  0.00
 T- 3:09. Att- 20,510.

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