Padres 8, Dodgers 2

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wants closer Jonathan

Broxton to believe that one inning – the ninth – belongs to


”That’s the plan,” Mattingly said.

The plan looked as if it were still on the drawing board

Thursday when Broxton struggled in the sixth inning of an 8-2 loss

to the San Diego Padres.

”I’ve watched some of the best get beat up in spring

training,” said Mattingly, who remembered spring games when Goose

Gossage got battered around when both were with the New York


Broxton, who struggled late last season, gave up a tying home

run to Padres second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir, who led off the

sixth by launching a 0-1 pitch over the left field wall.

Broxton, 1-1 in spring training, faced five San Diego batters

but didn’t retire one. He allowed three hits, walked one and put

another batter, center fielder Curtis Maybin, on base when he hit

him with a pitch.

After minor-league pitcher Stuart Pomeranz relieved Broxton,

Maybin scored on a three-run homer by right fielder Curtis Hunter,

who launched a 1-2 punch on to the picnic area that overlooks right


Padres right-hander Simon Castro, who spent last season with

Double-A San Antonio, picked up the win in relief of starter Wade

LeBlanc, who worked four innings, allowing four hits and striking

out two.

Before the Dodgers fell to 5-9 in Cactus League play, Mattingly

talked about how he wanted Broxton to develop a mentality that he

would take over in the ninth.

”I want him to have success,” Mattingly said. ”But nothing,

outside of injury, is going to happen right now. This is just about

getting guys ready.”

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw continued to pitch as though

he’ll be ready for his Opening Day start against the San Francisco

Giants on March 31.

Through 11 1-3 innings of work in three Cactus League

appearances, Kershaw has allowed only two unearned runs, the second

coming in the first inning Thursday.

But the numbers mean little to Kershaw. In the spring, he says

he doesn’t look at them. Instead, Kershaw looks at the hitters.

”I look to see how they react,” he said. ”That’s a good way

of evaluating how you’re doing with each pitch.”

So far, those hitters must be impressed with what they’ve sees

from Kershaw.

”Overall, it was OK,” said Kershaw, who was happy with the

early command of his fast ball.

Mattingly expects Kershaw to get a lot a better.

”He is going to be handful for anybody he faces,” Mattingly


Notes: Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre visited his old club

Thursday. The stop was all business in Torre’s new role as MLB

executive vice president for baseball operations. Torre is on tour

of all 30 camps in Arizona and Florida. There was only one

difference Thursday. The Dodgers were his only stop, unlike

Friday’s schedule, which includes the Padres, Mariners and White

Sox. ”I didn’t want a time limit, because there a lot of people

here I care about,” said Torre, who said he stayed in touch with

Mattingly since he left the Dodgers. … RHP Chad Billingsley is

scheduled to start for the Dodgers Friday against Oakland at

Phoenix Municipal Stadium. LHP Gio Gonzalez is Oakland’s probable

starter. … The Padres are at home Friday at the Peoria Sports

Complex against the Giants. Padres RHP Mat Latos is the scheduled

starter. The Giants plan to start Tim Lincecum.