SURPRISE, Ariz -- Mike Napoli hit his second home run of the spring, this one off Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir, and the Rangers went on to a 3-2 victory at Surprise Stadium on Sunday.Kazmir was making just his second start of the Cactus League and his first since March 6.
SURPRISE, Ariz -- Mike Napoli hit his second home run of the spring, this one off Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir, and the Rangers went on to a 3-2 victory at Surprise Stadium on Sunday.
Kazmir was making just his second start of the Cactus League and his first since March 6. He allowed three runs in three innings, giving up three hits and five walks, while hitting two batters.
Kazmir went up against Rangers starter Cole Hamels. Those two faced each other in Games 1 and 5 of the 2008 World Series, when Kazmir was with the Rays and Hamels was with the Phillies. That was the year Hamels won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.
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Hamels pitched well Sunday, allowing one run on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. He threw 74 pitches and should have one more start Friday in Arlington before making his first regular-season start.
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"It was good to get out there for five innings and work with [catcher] Jonathan Lucroy," Hamels said. "We stuck to a good game plan, executed the sinker and changeup and that played into the way they were swinging."
Brandon Morrow continued his long-shot bid to make the Dodgers' bullpen as a non-roster invitee with a scoreless inning. He has 12 strikeouts and one walk in 8 1/3 innings. The Dodgers have openings for a right-handed reliever because Pedro Baez (thumb) and Josh Ravin (groin) will go on the disabled list.
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"He'll go back-to-back tomorrow, but he's had a really good camp," manager Dave Roberts said of Morrow. "There's more velocity there, 94, 95, 96 [mph] is what he's throwing and there's more in there. It's still coming out good, the slider looks good."
Dodgers Up Next: Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who turned 30 on Saturday, pitches for the Dodgers against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. He threw four scoreless innings against the Brewers in his last start as he continues his comeback from elbow surgery. Watch live on MLB.TV.
Rangers Up Next: Closer Sam Dyson is among the pitchers who are scheduled to pitch for the Rangers against the Rockies at 3:05 p.m. CT Monday in Surprise. Dyson will be making his first Cactus League appearance after throwing six scoreless innings for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Carl Webster will start for the Rangers.
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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.