Kershaw, Broxton debut in win for Dodgers
Opening Day starter, closer look strong despite shaky defense
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With a four-run fifth inning, the Dodgers overcame four errors to beat the White Sox on Monday, 6-5, as Dodgers Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw and closer Jonathan Broxton made their 2011 debuts.
The White Sox scored an unearned run off Kershaw in the third inning, when the Dodgers committed three errors. Two of them contributed to the run, shortstop Justin Sellers committing a two-base throwing error on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and Ramirez scoring from third on catcher Dioner Navarro's wild pickoff throw into left field.
Chicago starter Gavin Floyd pitched two hitless innings, the only baserunner (Xavier Paul) reaching when hit on the foot with a pitch. Former Dodger Will Ohman followed Floyd with a perfect inning of relief.
Kershaw pitched three innings, allowing one unearned run, two hits, a walk with three strikeouts. Broxton followed Kershaw with a scoreless inning with an infield hit, overcoming more wobbly defense.
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Reliever Matt Guerrier, signed to a three-year, $12 million deal in the offseason, made his Dodgers debut with a scoreless inning.
The Dodgers were held hitless until Tony Gwynn singled off Tony Pena leading off the fourth inning. Gwynn scored when Aaron Miles reached on an infield single and second baseman Gordon Beckham's throw bounced away from first baseman Paul Konerko. Trayvon Robinson tripled home Miles.
In the four-run fifth inning, the Dodgers got a key double from Jamie Hoffmann and a two-run single from Damaso Espino. The White Sox scored in the sixth on Jordan Danks' RBI double and added three runs against Travis Schlichting in the seventh.
White Sox up next: Mark Buehrle, who will be extending his franchise record with Opening Day start No. 9 in Cleveland on April 1, makes his Cactus League debut Tuesday at home against the Brewers. Buehrle will go two innings, and he usually doesn't take very long to get ready during Spring Training. The open closer battle also begins in full force, with Matt Thornton, Sergio Santos, Chris Sale and Jesse Crain all set to pitch in this home opener for the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.
Dodgers up next: Chad Billingsley makes his first spring start against the Indians and right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Among the group of non-roster pitchers scheduled to follow Billingsley is Lance Cormier, who spent all of last year with Tampa Bay. After fielding a lineup of backups Monday, most of the Dodgers' regulars are on the travel roster for the short trip to Goodyear. Jay Gibbons, who missed a third game with the flu, won't make the trip and is not expected to return to action until Wednesday at the soonest. That will give added playing time to Marcus Thames.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.