PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw looked like himself in the Dodgers' 5-3 win over the White Sox in the Cactus League opener on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.Kershaw tossed a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 inning, with a strikeout. He then left the game and threw an additional 17 pitches, continuing to show no ill
PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw looked like himself in the Dodgers' 5-3 win over the White Sox in the Cactus League opener on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.
Kershaw tossed a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 inning, with a strikeout. He then left the game and threw an additional 17 pitches, continuing to show no ill effects from the herniated disk that sidelined him for more than two months last season.
"It's always nice to see him out there competing," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "To play a clean game, get our pitchers innings, it was a good start for us."
White Sox starter Carson Fulmer pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three.
"Second inning, I felt really, really good," Fulmer said. "I felt comfortable. I felt right where I left off last year. I got the first one under my belt, and I feel like it's going to be a very positive Spring Training."
The White Sox scored twice off Alex Wood in the second inning, cashing in singles by Matt Davidson and Avisail Garcia with an RBI groundout by Geovany Soto and a sacrifice fly liner from Yolmer Sanchez.
"He gave up some hits, but I thought he was good today," Roberts said of Wood.
After Fulmer's two scoreless innings, the Dodgers took the lead with a three-run third inning off Chris Beck, which included doubles by new second baseman John Forsythe and Yasmani Grandal, a single by Justin Turner and an RBI grounder from Franklin Gutierrez.
Chicago tied the game at 3 in the fourth on an RBI single by Sanchez off Dodgers reliever Josh Ravin.
Brett Eibner, obtained in a trade with Oakland for Jordan Tarsovich, homered off reliever Giovanni Soto in the sixth inning to put the Dodgers ahead, 4-3. Eibner is a longshot to make the club because of a surplus of outfielders. The Dodgers scored an insurance run in the seventh when Scott Van Slyke hit an RBI single off Sox right-hander Spencer Adams.
White Sox up next: The White Sox play their home opener on Sunday, although it will be their second straight game at Camelback Ranch. Jose Quintana gets the start against the Rockies, beginning at 2:05 p.m. CT, with the game being shown on an exclusive webcast on whitesox.com. Quintana hopes to make two Cactus League starts before departing for the World Baseball Classic and pitching for Colombia.
Dodgers up next: The Dodgers play their first road game on Sunday in Maryvale against the Brewers at noon PT on MLB.TV with Rich Hill making his first start and scheduled to pitch two innings. Regulars Grandal, Corey Seager, Forsythe, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig will not make the trip. Ross Stripling is also scheduled to pitch.
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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.