Dodgers 8, White Sox 3

Vicente Padilla threw two hitless innings and Reed Johnson drove

in a pair of runs, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-3 win

over the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

The Dodgers played most of their projected starters in their

spring training opener at Camelback Ranch. Regular left fielder

Manny Ramirez was the designated hitter and had a pair of singles

in three at-bats.

Los Angeles got its first run off Mark Buehrle, slated to be

Chicago’s opening-day starter. The left-hander allowed an unearned

run and three hits in two innings. A passed ball in the second put

Casey Blake at third base before Johnson got his first RBI.

“Buehrle looked sharp,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

“Every spring training he comes with some fatigue or feels

something here or there. This year we don’t have any complaints

about it.”

Padilla, a right-hander who went 4-0 in seven starts for the

Dodgers after being released by Texas last August, has a spot in

Los Angeles’ rotation. He felt no pain in his right leg, where he

was shot accidentally this past offseason.

“I don’t have any problems with my leg anymore,” Padilla said.

“Everything’s fine. I threw a bullpen before this and I threw

batting practice, too, and I didn’t feel too bad.

“I was just trying to locate the ball and throw more or less

strikes,” he added. “I’m pretty happy my leg feels fine.”

Everyday starters Carlos Quentin (right field), Paul Konerko

(first base) and Alex Rios (DH) made their spring training debuts

for the White Sox, who were playing at their home park for the

first time in 2010.

The Dodgers, Chicago’s partners at the Camelback Ranch complex,

were the visiting team, and their starting lineup included

infielders Rafael Furcal, James Loney and Blake, catcher Russell

Martin and outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

“Everyone was excited and everyone wanted to play today,” said

Kemp, who went 1 for 2 with a walk. “That first game was at home,

so I’m sure everybody knew they were going to be in the lineup, and

it was fun.”

NOTES: Guillen said he was pleased with reliever J.J. Putz’s

one-inning, two-strikeout performance. “I didn’t even know he

throws a forkball. I thought it was a changeup,” Guillen said. …

Chicago RHP Gavin Floyd will pitch Monday against Seattle, his

first start of spring training. … The White Sox will send a split

squad Saturday to Mesa, the Chicago Cubs’ spring training home.

Asked about facing the Cubs five times in the spring and six in the

regular season, Guillen was incredulous. “Lou Piniella, we’ll kick

your butt,” he said with a wry smirk.