We are now only 13 days from Opening Day as the Dodgers continue to prepare for their season opener against the Colorado Rockies on the road. There are still some tough battles happening for positions on the team’s prospective 26-man roster. The competition for the final few spots will no question increase over the upcoming days.
On Friday, Los Angeles added another win in Cactus League play defeating the Texas Rangers, 7-2. Only seven more Cactus League games remain.
Julio Urias made his fourth start of the spring, pitching four scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and striking out three batters. So far this spring, Urias has posted a 1.74 ERA over 10-⅓ innings.
Chris Taylor had a very productive day at the plate. Taylor’s swing looks right, as he went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run cored, and two RBI.
Max Muncy also had a 3-for-3 day, knocking in a run while scoring two.
The Dodgers began the afternoon on the right foot, as they took the lead in the first inning on a Muncy RBI double that scored Mookie Betts.
Taylor added his second RBI double in the fourth inning, and Austin Barnes notched an RBI single in the sixth frame.
Jimmy Nelson relieved Urias in the fifth inning and pitched two scoreless frames, allowing two hits and a walk.
Kenley Jansen came in to pitch in the seventh and saw his scoreless spring streak come to an end. He gave up a solo home run to Ronald Guzman, an opposite-field shot that barely left the park. It was just Jansen’s third hit allowed this spring,
Dodgers’ right-hander Kendall Williams came in the ninth to finish off the game. Williams made his spring debut for the Dodgers after being acquired from the Blue Jays as the final player to be named later in the Ross Stripling deal.
The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Pacific.
I would like to end this story by wishing three-time Cy Young Award winner and future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw a Happy 33rd Birthday.
I think all baseball fans can agree that Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in baseball history.