Dodgers split game, routing Rangers and falling to Rockies

The Dodgers split a pair of exhibition game, routing the Rangers, 11-3, while falling to Rockies, 6-4



AT THE PLATE: Adrian Gonzalez hit two of the Dodgers' five home runs against the Rangers. The Dodgers hit 10 home runs in two games in San Antonio; they have 20 home runs in 18 games in Arizona. Juan Uribe had three hits and Howie Kendrick two against the Rockies. Of the players expected to make the Dodgers roster, three are batting above .400: Kendrick (.419), center fielder Joc Pederson (.444) and infielder Justin Turner (.406).

ON THE MOUND: Zack Greinke pitched four scoreless innings against the Rangers, striking out six. The Dodgers' pitching depth otherwise took a few hits over the weekend, with Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) expected to start the season on the disabled list, Erik Bedard (triceps) leaving Friday's start against the Rangers because of injury and Chad Gaudin (biceps) leaving Saturday's start against the Rockies because of injury. Bedard and Gaudin will be evaluated Sunday; each would be among the candidates for an April spot start in place of Ryu.

EXTRA BASES: Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers are in no hurry to determine their bullpen from "like 14" candidates. In the absence of injured closer Kenley Jansen, Mattingly said left-hander J.P. Howell and right-hander Joel Peralta are the only locks for the bullpen.

Mattingly also said he could use multiple closers based on matchups rather than pick one closer that could stare down an opponent's best hitters, no matter whether they batted right-handed or left-handed.

"We know we have that with Kenley," Mattingly said. "I'm not sure we have that with anybody else."

UP NEXT: Cleveland on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Camelback Ranch. TV: SportsNet LA; Radio: 570, 1020.

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