Ah, spring. The flowers and the crabgrass. Hopes born anew and dashed all over again.
Baseball people like to wax poetic about how spring is a new beginning for every team and every player. Which, of course, is untrue. Players are demoted, released, injured. They lose a starting job or a role or a manager's fancy.
It’s a tryout for many -- a kid trying to crack the major league lineup or a veteran aiming to reinvent himself. Camp for the
Several trotted out Sunday for the Dodgers in their 4-3 victory over the
Most received encouraging reviews.
Sunday's game, the sixth of the spring, was more important for the pitchers who followed McCarthy.
Adam Liberatore, Josh Ravin and Dan Coulombe all added one scoreless inning apiece, before Ryan Buchter gave up a solo home run in the ninth. Otherwise, he struck out the side.
Dodgers outfield prospect Kyle Jensen hit his second home run of the spring, this one a two-run shot in the eighth that briefly gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.