Young makes bid for outfield spot
Delwyn Young’s name isn’t one that gets mentioned often when talk turns to the crowded competition for the Dodgers’ final outfield spot. But the rookie made sure he got noticed Monday, starting an eighth-inning relay that cut down the potential tying run at the plate and contributing a single in two at-bats in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at City of Palms Park.
“I don’t make the decisions. My bosses are my bosses,” said Young, who played Luis Jimenez’s run-scoring double off the right-field wall and threw a strike to second baseman Tony Abreu, whose throw to catcher Sandy Martinez cut down Alex Prieto at the plate to end Boston’s final threat. “If they want to include all of us in the conversation, then that’s fine. It’s not my conversation to control.
“Leave a good impression. That’s all I can do.”
Young’s defense helped preserve a lead built on Juan Pierre’s run-scoring single in the fifth inning and second baseman Bobby Scales’ sixth-inning error that allowed pinch-runner Fernando Tatis to score from second base.
Six pitchers combined to hold Boston to five hits. Left-hander Randy Wolf started, striking out three in two hitless innings. Non-roster invitee Matt White also was impressive, walking one in two innings in his second scoreless outing of the spring.
“Everyone threw the ball well,” Manager Grady Little said.
Shortstop Rafael Furcal did not make the Dodgers’ two-day trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast but Little said Furcal’s sore right shoulder is improving.
“We’re concerned any time someone has a little irritation. But that’s all it is,” Little said. “He’s made good strides the last couple of days. And probably in a couple of more days he’ll back in the games.
“He’s chomping at the bit to get back out there. We’re just holding him back a little.”
Furcal hasn’t played since the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League opener on Thursday against Atlanta.
Outfielder Marlon Anderson, meanwhile, continues to be sidelined while recuperating from a surgically repaired right elbow.
“We don’t have a timetable on either of these guys just yet,” Little said.
Third baseman Andy La Roche gave the Dodgers a scare when he tumbled over the railing and into the box seats down the left-field line while chasing J.D. Drew’s sixth-inning foul.
“I got a pole right across my stomach,” he said. “I thought I had a lot more room than I did. Next thing I know, I’m doing a somersault.”
La Roche wasn’t injured.
The Dodgers made two more errors, giving them 14 in six games. But Little seems unconcerned. “However you want to look at it, it’s the first week of spring training,” he said. “Early in spring training, a lot of times you talk about hitters swinging and missing when they’re at the plate. We’ve been swinging and missing a lot in the field.”