Today marks the Los Angeles Dodgers tenth Spring Training game, indicating that the team is officially at the halfway mark of their exhibition games. Incredibly enough, the Dodgers will depart for Sydney, Australia one week from Sunday and officially kick off the season a week later against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After finishing yesterday’s 10-inning game in a tie with the Angels, the Dodgers look for their fourth win of this spring today against the Texas Rangers.
Despite not being able to snag the win yesterday, the Dodgers looked good especially with Dan Haren on the mound. The 34 year old pitched four shutout innings with three strikeouts and just 50 pitches thrown. Following him were relievers Javy Guerra and in the later innings 2013 first round pick Chris Anderson.
The organization is extremely excited to see prospect Zach Lee start on the mound today. Lee was ranked as the Dodgers number four prospects by us prior to the season starting. It came as no surprise to see the 22-year-old invited to major league camp at Camelback Ranch this spring as he’s close to being ready to pitch at the big league level. Unfortunately, the right-hander was injured early on with a mild lat strain which forced him to miss his first bullpen session. Today will be Lee’s first appearance in a game this spring and it’ll be interesting to see how long he pitches.
At one point during the off-season, Lee was even rumored to be a competitor for the fifth spot in the rotation. At the time, it was unknown how Josh Beckett would look after TOS surgery and the signing of Paul Maholm provided the Dodgers some much needed insurance.
Today’s starting lineup includes Chone Figgins playing his seventh different position with the Dodgers and after getting hit in the triceps yesterday, Hanley Ramirez is also in the lineup. Yasiel Puig, who’s battling back/shoulder soreness isn’t in the lineup along with Adrian Gonzalez. Dee Gordon starts at second base after Justin Turner got the start their yesterday while Tim Federowicz gets another start behind the plate.
Reserves today include Alex Guerrero, Joc Pederson, Mike Baxter, Clint Robinson, Brendan Harris, Drew Butera and Miguel Rojas.
On the mound for the Rangers today is left-hander Martin Perez. Despite spending some times in the minors last season, Perez started in twenty games for the Rangers. The 22 year old went 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA and will undoubtedly be relied on as starters Derek Holland and Matt Harrison won’t be healthy to start the season. In his only start in the Cactus League so far, the lefty pitched two innings with one strikeout and also gave up a run. Former Dodger third baseman Adrian Beltre is hitting fourth for the Rangers this afternoon.
Dodger fans who have Time Warner cable as their provioder can catch today’s game at 12:05 PM PT. For those who aren’t subscribed to Time Warner Cable, today’s game will be broadcasted on Dodgers radio AM570. The complete radio broadcast schedule for the remainder of Dodgers spring training games can be seen here.
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