The Los Angeles Dodgers played the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday for the first time this spring, which gave some of the new faces their first look at the Dodgers’ National League West foe.
While it was only an exhibition game, the home plate umpire issued a warning to both teams after they each hit a batter in the first inning. Justin Turner was hit for the second time in the game in the fifth inning, which resulted in Allen Webster getting ejected.
Among the players getting acquainted with the Dodgers-Diamondbacks rivalry is Jimmy Rollins. He started at shortstop Monday and hit from the leadoff spot, where he figures to spend the season as manager Don Mattingly anointed him the club’s leadoff hitter just under three weeks ago.
With Chris Anderson making his first start of the spring, the Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, which they still held in the third when Rollins dug in for his second at-bat of the game.
Rollins fell behind 0-1 in the count, then lined an RBI triple to right-center field to score Kiké Hernandez from first base to tie the game. The triple was Rollins’ second of the spring and his sixth extra-base hit.