Spring training: Cincinnati 8, Dodgers 2


Cincinnati 8, Dodgers 2

AT THE PLATE: Hanley Ramirez hit his second home run of the spring, a towering fifth-inning shot to left field. Dee Gordon, the favorite to claim the second-base job, was two for four to raise his exhibition season average to .212.

ON THE MOUND: Paul Maholm pitched 2 2/3 innings, serving up six runs — five earned — and five hits. Maholm said nothing was wrong with him physically and that he wasn’t particularly disturbed by his performance. “Just location,” he said. Rule 5 pick Seth Rosin pitched three innings and gave up his first two earned runs of the spring.


EXTRA BASES: Manager Don Mattingly is expected to return to camp Friday. He was in his home state of Indiana for the last two days because of a death in his family. Bench coach Tim Wallach managed the Dodgers in his absence and was 0-2. The Dodgers were outscored 17-4 in those games. “Happily stepping down,” Wallach joked.

UP NEXT: vs. Chicago Cubs at 1 p.m. PST at Mesa. On the air: TV: SportsNet LA. Radio: None.