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Gordon, Rosin provide silver lining

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Second-base contender Dee Gordon and Rule 5 Draft acquisition Seth Rosin were two of the few bright spots in a 7-3 loss to the A's on Monday that saw the Dodgers commit four errors, two by defensive whiz Miguel Rojas at shortstop.

Gordon ripped a two-run triple, his second in as many days, while Rosin pitched three scoreless innings.

Gordon said his offense has improved after a winter working with Reds Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

"I've finally learned to turn on an inside pitch," said Gordon. "Larkin had been watching how pitchers were pitching me inside, the tendencies against me. I'm using my hands better. I've gotten to the point where if I don't do it right, I'm aware of it and can correct it."

Meanwhile, Rosin struck out three after fanning five in two innings last week. The Dodgers need to fit him onto a crowded staff by Opening Day or likely lose him back to the Phillies.

Manager Don Mattingly said he liked the way Rosin pitched out of a jam in his first inning, runners on second and third with no outs in the fourth.

The Dodgers also got two hits each from Andre Ethier and designated hitter Miguel Olivo.

Brandon League made his first game appearance and allowed two runs in one inning. League has been slowed by a mild lat strain.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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