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Ryu, Jansen eased into action with 'B' game

Buehler, Fields, Cingrani also take mound in back-field tuneup
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Spring Training 10 a.m. "B" games are free, but you got more than your money's worth at Camelback Ranch on Monday when the Dodgers unveiled five of the Major League roster pitchers.

Starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, closer Kenley Jansen, top prospect Walker Buehler and relievers Josh Fields and Tony Cingrani each took the hill against the Chicago White Sox.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Spring Training 10 a.m. "B" games are free, but you got more than your money's worth at Camelback Ranch on Monday when the Dodgers unveiled five of the Major League roster pitchers.

Starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, closer Kenley Jansen, top prospect Walker Buehler and relievers Josh Fields and Tony Cingrani each took the hill against the Chicago White Sox.

Ryu was first. After being scratched from his first scheduled Cactus League start last week because of a norovirus outbreak, he caught up with three up-and-downs, pitching 2 2/3 innings. Ryu said he didn't feel weak in the wake of the illness and believes he has caught up from three days sidelined.

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He also said he is working on throwing a tighter curveball with a higher spin rate.

"I'm making slight adjustments, trying to throw it harder so that it breaks in front of the hitter," Ryu said. "Trying to put more spins on it. I always knew in theory if I put more spin on it, it would be tougher for the hitters, but I've never tried it out during the season. This is Spring Training and you get to try new stuff, and one of the things is to try this and see how the hitters react to it."

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Jansen, on a dramatically reduced workload this spring after last year's extended season, said he was pleased with an outing that opened with a double on the first pitch and included a called strikeout, a walk and a double-play grounder in 17 pitches.

"Typical Spring Training," Jansen said. "The leadoff double is good, gets your ready for the season. I tried to be competitive. OK even if it's the first day, keep them off the board. It's good it's all happening right now. Got out of the inning without a run. The ball's coming out, I feel great. The little things like holding runners, you have to get back into it, so your arm is catching up to your body."

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Jansen said he will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and pitch in his first Cactus League game on Friday.

Fields and Cingrani faced opposing hitters for the first time this spring, which started late for both because of arm and shoulder soreness.

Buehler -- ranked as the 12th-best prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline -- finished it off by striking out the side in a scoreless inning, despite allowing a triple. He also has been behind, partly by design, partly because he reported with a sore back. The prized 23-year-old will be asked to boost his innings total from last year's 88 2/3 to as much as 150, manager Dave Roberts said.

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"It's a big jump, but I threw 140 innings in college," Buehler said. "I feel I'm where I want to be."

Buehler threw 19 pitches and said he was working on a "bigger" slider -- compared to last year's version that cut -- to get away from bat barrels. Despite his restricted beginning of camp, Buehler said he believes he will be ready to pitch somewhere when the season opens.

"Buehler really looked under control, and the ball was coming out really well," said Roberts, who could get some in-season reinforcements from Buehler and Julio Urias (recovering from shoulder surgery).

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. Listen to his podcast.

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