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Young Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias impresses Fernando Valenzuela
Young Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias impresses Fernando Valenzuela

PHOENIX — Fernando Valenzuela smiled Saturday night as he recalled what he saw several hours earlier. On the eve of the Dodgers' departure for Australia, 17-year-old Julio Urias became the story of the day by pitching a perfect first inning in the opening game of a doubleheader, a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres. Armed with a fastball clocked as high as 97 mph, Urias struck out two of the three batters he faced. Because of his background, Urias figures to be compared to Valenzuela the way Clayton Kershaw has been compared to Sandy Koufax. Urias is a teenage prodigy from Mexico, as Valenzuela once was. “It's hard to say we're the same,” Valenzuela said. “I don't even remember what...

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