GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hiroki Kuroda stretched out to 4 1/3 innings Tuesday morning in a "B" game against the Seattle Mariners, but in addition to getting his work the right-hander got a 7-1 loss.Kuroda struck out six, while allowing five hits and three runs -- two of them on solo homers by former Dodger Milton Bradley in the fourth and by infielder Alex Liddi in the fifth. Luis Vasquez followed Kuroda with a scoreless, but nonetheless erratic inning of work, as he issued a pair of walks and made two wild pitches. Dustin Ackley's three-run homer off Joe Newby broke open the game for Seattle in the final inning. The Dodgers' run was driven in on a second-inning single by Jerry Sands that scored Justin Sellers, who had reached base when he was hit on the right elbow by Seattle starter Luke French. Sellers was all right and remained in the game. Kuroda drew the "B" game assignment because the Dodgers' rotation sets him up to face the Brewers, the foe in Tuesday's regular Cactus League game, on March 19. The Dodgers wanted to avoid giving the Brewers two spring looks at their right-hander.
Koufax visits Camelback Ranch
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hall of Fame Dodgers icon Sandy Koufax was a visitor Tuesday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, talking with some of the employees he's known over the years and spending time on the Minor League side.
Koufax appeared at the Minor League pitching mounds, chatting with coaches and former Dodgers pitchers Charlie Hough and Rick Rhoden.
At the time, many of the organization's top pitchers -- first-round picks Zach Lee and Aaron Miller among them -- were working on their stretching motions.
Koufax said he is making a swing through Arizona camps after previously visiting friends in the Grapefruit League.
2010 Spring Training - Los Angeles Dodgers
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PHOENIX -- James Loney, Jamey Carroll and Hong-Chih Kuo, a trio of players nursing various minor injuries, are all expected to return to the box score on Wednesday for the Dodgers' game against the Mariners.Kuo's appearance could be considered the most significant. The left-handed reliever, who has elbow concerns, has yet to see Cactus League action but is considered ready to go after several discomfort-free side sessions. Loney (swelling in left knee) went through a regular workout routine on Tuesday and, barring any complications from resuming running, will see his first game action since Friday. Carroll, hit on the right index finger by a pitch in Saturday's game, has made a steady recovery and could have played on Tuesday, but was held out an extra day to help ensure there are no setbacks. "With all the games we've got coming up, we wanted to make sure that when he gets back, he stays back," said manager Don Mattingly. The Dodgers will be doubling up on split-squad games this weekend, including Sunday, when half the team has a Las Vegas date with the Cubs. Mattingly indicated that the first camp cuts will likely come down next Monday, after the split-squad days.
There was an interesting contrast in the Dodgers' second consecutive 7-1 win, this one over the Brewers. The "little" people did the damage in Monday's win by the same score over the Rockies (homers by Jerry Sands and Xavier Paul). On Tuesday, the home runs came from Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Tony Gwynn and Aaron Miles -- the first of the spring for each. "It's nice to get that first one, but it's more important to build at-bat to at-bat," said Ethier, who also roped an RBI single during a four-run third. ... John Ely threw one-hit shutout ball for three innings and has allowed two hits on six innings this spring, without a walk and six strikeouts. But he's looking at "a tough rotation to crack. There's some serious talent there. I'm just happy to battle." ... Dodgers starters have a collective ERA of 1.09 through 12 games (four earned runs in 33 innings).
Ken Gurnick and Tom Singer are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.