Dodgers 10, Angels 8

It didn’t take long for Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Luis

Cruz to recover from food poisoning.

In his first at-bat after two days in bed, Cruz hit a two-run

homer that helped the Dodgers beat the Angels 10-8 Thursday and

leave their Los Angeles rival with an 0-5-2 record at spring


”I’m still weak,” Cruz said after sending a pitch from Jerome

Williams over the left-field fence and into the Dodgers bullpen.

”But, hitting-wise, I feel good.”

Cruz, who appeared in 78 games last season with the Dodgers

after limited major league experience with Pittsburgh and

Milwaukee, was hospitalized for a day for treatment of


Dodger manager Don Mattingly hopes Cruz provides stability at

third base alongside Hanley Ramirez, back at shortstop following

his trade last summer from the Miami Marlins.

”I want Luis thinking about being the everyday third baseman,”

Mattingly said. ”I’m not thinking about him at any other


Clayton Kershaw struck out seven over three innings in his

second spring training appearance. Preparing to face San Francisco

on April 1 in his third straight opening-day start, Kershaw allowed

three runs – two earned – and six hits, walking none.

Mark Trumbo had an RBI single in the first on a slider, and

Howie Kendrick doubled in a run in the third and scored on Vernon

Wells’ single.

”As always, I was trying to get comfortable and get outs,”

Kershaw said. ”But I left sliders up and I can’t do that. I left

that ball up and Trumbo got that double. Make a mistake and they’ll

let you know.”

Williams gave up five runs – four earned – five hits and two

walks in two innings.

NOTES: The Angels waived reliever RHP Bobby Cassevah, who had

2.87 ERA in 48 appearances over two seasons, 2010 and 2011. The

right-hander was limited to four games last year, when he tore his

rotator cuff. ”He just wasn’t throwing the ball the way he was

capable of,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. … The Dodgers

held an open tryout Thursday. The 80 hopefuls included pitcher

Daniel ”Doc” Jacobs, an Iraq veteran who was injured in 2006 by

an improvised explosive device. He lost his left leg below his

knee. He sustained foot and hand injuries. Jacobs threw out a

ceremonial first pitch. … Dodgers LF Carl Crawford, projected to

be the leadoff hitter, canceled batting practice Thursday because

of tightness in his left arm, according to Mattingly. He also

didn’t do any throwing. Crawford had surgery on his left elbow in

August. … Dodgers CF Matt Kemp, recovering from left shoulder

surgery in October, said he hopes to make his first appearance in a

spring-training game Friday.