Dodgers 8, Mariners 1

The mere fact that Erik Bedard was able to get through spring

training healthy was a victory in itself for the Seattle Mariners’

injury-plagued left-hander.

So, it didn’t matter much to him what his pitching line was

Wednesday night in an 8-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bedard gave up five runs and six hits over four innings,

finishing his spring slate 3-1 in six starts with a 3.15 ERA. The

No. 4 starter in the rotation is scheduled to make his season debut

Monday night at Texas – his first appearance in a regular-season

game since July 25, 2009.

”I’m just happy that I’m healthy,” Bedard said. ”That’s the

main thing. It’s been a long couple of years. I worked hard in the

offseason to get where I’m at, and it paid off. Here I am.”

Rubby De La Rosa allowed two hits over 5 2-3 scoreless innings,

Corey Smith hit a three-run homer and Marcus Thames had a solo shot

for the Dodgers in the final exhibition game for both teams.

After the game, De La Rosa was reassigned to the Dodgers’ minor

league camp in Arizona, and is likely to go to Double-A

Chattanooga.

Bedard missed the entire 2010 seasons because of two shoulder

surgeries – the first on Aug. 14, 2009, to repair a torn labrum and

the other last Aug. 6 to have bone spurs removed.

”I feel fine,” he said. ”Tonight, I was throwing strikes and

they hit them. It doesn’t really count, so you erase that and start

over when I get my first start.”

He signed a one-year contract in December as a free agent, a

month after the Mariners declined to exercise his $8 million option

and opted to pay him a $250,000 buyout.

”Obviously, he’s had some recent history with his arm and

whatnot,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. ”So for him to just

go out there and throw free and easy and pitch like he has all

spring has been fun to watch and I think he’s really enjoyed

it.

”He’s one of our five guys that you start everything with, and

he’s earned it,” Wedge added. ”We wanted to keep him right about

70-75 pitches tonight and he threw 73. We wanted to pull back a few

of these guys in their last start, and that’s what we did with him.

He’s had a fantastic spring and now it’s time to go.”

The Dodgers, 80-82 last season after reaching the NL

championship series the previous two years under former manager Joe

Torre, open the season Thursday at home against the World Series

champion Giants with Don Mattingly at the helm in his official

managerial debut. Clayton Kershaw gets the start against two-time

NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.

”I really don’t have any complaints with the way camp went and

the effort that these guys have given us,” Mattingly said.

”Spring training is about preparation. Now we’ve got to go play.

Either your horses are going to run, or they’re not.”

De La Rosa struck out six and walked none, finishing the spring

1-2 with a 2.29 ERA in six appearances and three starts. In his

previous start on March 18, he pitched four hitless innings against

San Francisco.

The 22-year-old right-hander, whose first name is pronounced

‘Ruby,’ was the Dodgers’ minor league pitcher of the year last

season and shared the organization’s annual Jim and Dearie Mulvey

Award this spring with outfielder Jerry Sands as the top rookies in

camp.

”He’s been lightening. He’s fun to watch,” Mattingly said of

De La Rosa. ”Every time he pitches, you kind of go, ‘Wow, I’m

looking forward to this. Rubby’s had a great camp. We heard about

him in the winter, seen him in the winter development program here

at the stadium, and all spring he’s been good. Obviously, there’s

progress to be made with him and he keeps getting better.”

The Mariners, who lost 101 games last season and scored a major

league-worst 513 runs, open at Oakland on Friday night with

reigning AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez making his fourth

career opening day start against Trevor Cahill.

The Dodgers finished spring training 14-21-1. The Mariners were

16-13-2, the first time they’ve had a winning preseason record

since 2004.

Notes: Mariners LF Milton Bradley finished the spring with one

homer, 14 RBIs and a .318 average in 17 games. Sunday marks the

11th anniversary of the trade that sent Bradley to the Dodgers from

Cleveland, where he also played for Wedge. The Dodgers ended up

trading Bradley to Oakland in December 2005 for a minor league

prospect named Andre Ethier. … Twelve-year veteran INF Adam

Kennedy, who signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners on Jan.

10, had his contract selected by the team from Triple-A Tacoma and

was added to the 40-man roster along with RHP Jamey Wright and RHP

Chris Ray. Kennedy, 35, is playing for his fifth big league team

after spending last season with the Washington Nationals. …

Wright pitched 12 innings in 11 appearances this spring without

giving up a run.