Dodgers 7, Athletics 2
Chris Capuano was pleased with his first spring outing for the
Los Angeles Dodgers.
Capuano threw two scoreless innings as the Dodgers breezed to a
7-2 win over the visiting Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
”I felt pretty good throwing the ball,” Capuano said. ”I
thought I had pretty decent stuff. I thought it was a good first
”The first inning I had some jitters,” he said. ”I think I
crossed my poor catcher Tim (Federowicz) a couple times.
”He came out and apologized to me, but I told him I was
actually messing up the signs and not to worry about it.
”The second inning, I felt much more relaxed and under control
throwing the ball.”
Also for the Dodgers, Alex Castellanos hit a solo homer.
For the A’s, top prospect Jarrod Parker, acquired in an
offseason trade with Arizona for Trevor Cahill, gave up two runs in
”It was rough,” Parker said.
Also for the Dodgers, Adam Kennedy went 2 for 2, while Mark
Ellis and Andre Ethier both drove in a pair of runs.
Parker missed the 2010 season after undergoing Tommy John
surgery. He made his big-league debut Sept. 27 and pitched five
shutout innings for the Diamondback against the Dodgers.
He is battling for a rotation spot for the A’s.
Pitching to the Dodgers’ first four hitters, Parker allowed two
walks and run-scoring hits by Ellis and Matt Kemp before retiring
”It’s a good way to simulate a jam,” he said.
”But I put myself in it. I don’t want to walk guys like that.
But it’s a good to battle through it and take some positives out of
In the second inning, he hit the leadoff batter and allowed a
hit to Kennedy before getting the next three batters.
”I didn’t have as good a command as I’d wished. I kind of
rushed through and battled with my delivery. But I’m healthy.
That’s what’s important right now.”
”Obviously, not his best outing,” manager Bob Melvin said.
”But I like the way he came back in both innings and was able to
NOTES: For the A’s, the debut of Cuban outfielder Yoenis
Cespedes could take place as soon as Saturday, against Cincinnati.
Cespedes, who signed a four-year, $36 million contract, has seven
hits in two simulated games at the A’s minor league fields,
including a line-drive homer on Thursday. ”I don’t want to lock
myself into it,” Melvin said. ”We want to make sure we make
progress and he feels comfortable in the outfield, feels
comfortable running the bases. But I think there’s a good chance
this weekend he’s in there.” … Ethier, who played at Arizona
State, and the Dodgers hosted Cory Hahn, a top prep baseball player
in California who was paralyzed from the chest down playing in one
of his first games at ASU last year. … The Dodgers added two
players to their roster: pitcher Brent Leach, who made his big
league debut for the Dodgers in 2009 and played in Japan last year;
and pitcher Javier Solano. … Josh Fields, the former Chicago
White Sox third baseman, is off to a 4-for-5 start for the Dodgers.
”I’m going to throw him over at third base a little more,”
manager Don Mattingly said. ”His swing really looks good.”