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Pederson goes deep, Dodgers blank White Sox

Ryu sharp in first two innings of shutout; Robinson also homers for LA

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson slugged a two-run, opposite-field home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday, as Los Angeles beat the White Sox, 5-0.

Pederson, with a shot of making the club because of Matt Kemp's injury, homered off White Sox reliever Jake Petricka after a single by Clint Robinson. Kemp is still waiting to be cleared to run on his surgically repaired ankle.

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Left-handed pitchers Chris Sale of the White Sox and Hyun-Jin Ryu turned in solid initial spring starts. Sale went 2 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and allowed one hit. Ryu allowed two hits in two scoreless innings.

Both bullpens were sharp as well. Sale was followed with scoreless outings from Parker Frazier, Donnie Veal, Mitchell Boggs and Charlie Leesman.

Ryu was followed by the nucleus of the expected bullpen -- Brian Wilson, Kenley Jansen, Chris Perez, J.P. Howell and Jamey Wright -- which also held the White Sox scoreless.

Robinson added a solo homer to cap a three-run L.A. eighth inning off Chicago reliever Omar Poveda.

Up next: Dan Haren is scheduled to start Saturday and make his Dodgers debut against the Brewers at 12:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV. The Dodgers hope to have Carl Crawford (quad) and Yasiel Puig (shoulders) back in the lineup. Crawford has missed two games, while Puig was scheduled for a day off Friday, but also didn't take batting practice.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for

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