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

two innings.

”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

the side.

”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.”