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Dodgers hang on for sweep in Australia

The Dodgers’ bench empties after the final out of Los Angeles’ 7-5 victory over Arizona, giving it a two-game sweep of baseball’s season-opening series in Australia.

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The Dodgers’ bench empties after the final out of Los Angeles’ 7-5 victory over Arizona, giving it a two-game sweep of baseball’s season-opening series in Australia.

SYDNEY — The Dodgers felt right at home in their season-opening series Down Under.

Yasiel Puig had three hits and two RBIs to back a scoreless outing by Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks 7-5 at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday to complete a two-game sweep.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill went in 6-0 with a 2.01 earned-run average in 10 career starts against the Dodgers but left in the fifth inning trailing 3-0. The Diamondbacks made three errors, two by catcher Miguel Montero.

Down 7-0, Arizona scored one in the eighth and four in the ninth, including Mark Trumbo's two-out, two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen. Jansen struck out Gerardo Parra to end a game that lasted 4 hours and 1 minute.

"The first (game) I really enjoyed, actually. This one not quite as much," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

"It was good to get (the win), and at the end of the day, it's a win. But it's a kind of frustrating one. We walked seven guys the last four innings, and we really gave them the chance to get back in the game."

Also frustrating to Mattingly: an injury to Puig during his final at-bat in the ninth. Puig, who made two baserunning gaffes in the game, didn't return to his position in the bottom half.

Asked what the injury was, Mattingly said, "I guess his back." He got sarcastic when asked about the severity of the injury: "Shoulder (Saturday), back (Sunday), so I'm not sure if they're going to get him tests or get him to the MRI (today) or a bone scan on Tuesday, maybe. I'm not quite sure what we'll do. We may not do anything. I'm not sure."

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson also wasn't happy, especially with Cahill.

"He didn't command the (strike) zone very good at all," Gibson said. "Not many strikes. … It was kind of hard to execute a game plan and get the ball where we need to get it.

"We also walked a gazillion, hit two guys. You can't give a good team like the Dodgers that kind of opportunity."

CHAPMAN BACK: Left-hander Aroldis Chapman, with two black eyes, returned to the Reds' clubhouse four days after being hit in the face by a line drive.

"I feel a lot better than I thought I would," Chapman said through an interpreter.

Chapman, wearing a hat with the brim pulled down to cover the surgical staples across his head, said he knew immediately after impact that he would be fine despite the pain.

"You don't have time to think about it, but even when I was on the ground, I didn't have any bad thoughts in my mind about what I was going through," he said. "It didn't bother me until they told me that it would be two months before I could pitch. That was what made me mad."

BLOW TO RANGERS: Second baseman Jurickson Profar will be out 10 to 12 weeks with a torn muscle in his right shoulder that won't require surgery. Texas traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers in the offseason partly to clear room for Profar, 21, considered one of baseball's rising stars.

SPRING STADIUM TALKS: Astros owner Jim Crane hopes to have a deal for a new spring training home this summer. Houston is looking to replace its home in Kissimmee with a site on Florida's east coast.

ANGELS: Former Rays first baseman Carlos Peña was released. Peña, 35, batted .139 this spring in his bid to back up Albert Pujols.

A'S: Right-hander Sonny Gray will start the season opener March 31 against the Indians.

ORIOLES: Third baseman Manny Machado will start the season on the 15-day disabled list, as expected, manager Buck Showalter said. Machado had left knee surgery Oct. 14.

RED SOX: DH David Ortiz agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract extension through 2015, with options for the following two years.

TIGERS: Right-hander Max Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, and the club failed to reach agreement on a long-term deal and will not negotiate until after the season.

Dodgers hang on for sweep in Australia 03/23/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:47pm]
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