Kenta Maeda became the first Dodgers starter to reach the sixth inning this spring with his outing on Sunday. He left with one out in the frame and was charged with three runs (one unearned). He finished his first venture into the Cactus League with a 1.89 earned-run average.
"It does help with the confidence," Maeda said through an interpreter. "And if I can replicate what I did here during the regular season, then it's going to be even more of a confidence booster."
Added Manager Dave Roberts: "He's good, if not better, than advertised. His transition, up to his point, has been pretty seamless."
Maeda is owed dinner by Roberts after winning the prize by hitting a home run off Roberts during batting practice last week. Asked where he wanted to eat on his manager's dime, Maeda did not require an interpreter.
"Steak," he said.
Kazmir is scheduled to start Thursday in the first game of the Freeway Series.