Ross Stripling makes solid start for Dodgers, who fall to Mariners in spring game
ON THE MOUND: Ross Stripling continued to get stretched out, giving up one run in a three-inning start. The right-hander, who is hoping to crack the starting rotation but seems likely to return to the swingman bullpen role he served last season, surrendered four hits, struck out three and yielded a solo home run to the Mariners’ Jake Fraley while continuing to work on his new changeup grip. ... Reliever Dennis Santana pitched his fifth scoreless inning of the spring. Afterward, manager Dave Roberts said the 23-year-old prospect is “right there at the front of the conversation” for earning a roster spot in the bullpen. “If you’re talking about standouts up to this point in camp,” Roberts said, “he’s at the top of the list.”
AT THE PLATE: After getting hit by a pitch Wednesday night, third baseman Justin Turner returned to the lineup Friday and recorded a base hit. Shortstop Corey Seager had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Infielder Gavin Lux tacked on a single as the designated hitter.
Dodgers reliever Caleb Ferguson is developing a hard slider to complement his fastball and slow curveball, so that eventually he can move to the rotation.
EXTRA BASES: Outfielder Mookie Betts was a last-minute scratch after coming down with a stomachache. “A couple hours before the game, he just said he wasn’t feeling well, couldn’t keep his food down,” Roberts said. “I don’t know if it was something he ate. Trying to get him in there tomorrow potentially, but to run him in there tonight made no sense.” … Chris Taylor could return Saturday from soreness in the back of his left shoulder, an injury he suffered when he was hit by a pitch a week ago. … Reliever Blake Treinen is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Saturday.
UP NEXT: The Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Camelback Ranch. David Price is scheduled to make his second start of the spring. TV: SportsNet LA, noon PST.
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