It was only Game 5 of their
Unsure how he would return this spring, in the off-season the Dodgers made an attempt to sign Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, made overtures to
Sunday afternoon in a game called after nine innings with the scored tied 3-3 against the
Beckett, 33, allowed just a ground-ball single, showing remarkable control for a pitcher who last threw in a competitive game May 13. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. He threw not just fastballs, but also his breaking stuff for strikes.
For Beckett, who admitted to some unusual pregame nerves for a veteran pitcher, it had to be a significant relief. And keep him penciled in as the Dodgers' fifth starter.
Maholm, now Beckett's competition for the rotation spot, followed with two scoreless innings of his own. The left-hander allowed one hit, without a walk or strikeout.
The Dodgers have only 20 days before they start the season in Australia, so with a compacted exhibition schedule, each game carries slightly more significance than normal. And perhaps none more than for Beckett.
Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA last season before succumbing to surgery.