Jimmy Rollins looks ready to deliver in Dodgers' 7-2 win

Jimmy Rollins looks ready to deliver in Dodgers' 7-2 win
Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins has seven hits in 19 at-bats this spring. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Jimmy Rollins is 36 and can’t change that. He struck out 100 times in 538 at-bats last season, and he can’t change that, either.

If you're trying to be cautiously optimistic that he is still a high-caliber shortstop who can manufacture another top season, that he doesn't want to change. That he wants to reinforce.


There’s a long season ahead for that to play out, but for one spring training game Saturday, he looked ready to deliver, collecting two hits, scoring once and driving in a run in the Dodgers' 7-2 victory over the Indians at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix.

Rollins looked like the steady, veteran shortstop the Dodgers thought they had acquired from the Phillies in the off-season, and good leading off and at the plate.

Rollins singled and scored in the third inning and doubled in a run in the fourth. Not quite halfway through the spring, he is batting .368 (seven for 19).

He had the Dodgers leading by a run in the bottom of the eighth when Yucaipa's Matt Carson, a 33-year-old outfielder who has mostly bounced around the minors for the past 13 years, hit a grand slam off Cleveland’s Anthony Swarzak.

Scott Van Slyke also homered and went two for three for the Dodgers.

On the mound, Brett Anderson gave the Dodgers a second consecutive encouraging start in as many spring outings. Anderson, slated to be the Dodgers’ No. 5 starter, threw three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, one walk and struck out two.

J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, David Aardsma and Pedro Baez all threw one scoreless inning for the Dodgers. Mike Adams made his first spring appearance and allowed one run on a hit and two walks.

Dustin McGowan, who is signed to a major-league contract, had another rough outing. He gave up one run on a hit, walk and wild pitch in two-thirds of an inning. He has a 12.00 ERA after three appearances.