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03/25/10 1:52 AM ET

Kuroda flashes unhittable stuff vs. A's

Dodgers righty takes no-no bid into fifth, allows just one hit

at Phoenix
Wednesday, March 24

Dodgers at the plate: A.J. Ellis, Doug Mientkiewicz and Reed Johnson all drove in runs for the Dodgers. James Loney went 1-for-3 with a double, and Casey Blake, Matt Kemp and Nick Green also collected base hits.

Athletics at the plate: Kurt Suzuki launched his second homer of the spring to left-center in the sixth inning to put the A's on the board for the first time all night. Oakland then tied the game in the seventh frame on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Adam Rosales. The A's also got hits from Jack Cust, Eric Chavez, Ryan Sweeney and Michael Taylor.

Dodgers on the mound: Right-handed starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed just one hit through 5 1/3 innings while walking two and fanning two. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before allowing a single to Cust. Kuroda was followed by Ramon Troncoso, who tossed two-thirds of an inning and surrendered one hit and one run. Josh Lindblom pitched two innings and gave up three hits and two runs while walking a pair and striking out four.

Athletics on the mound: Starter Gio Gonzalez, vying for the fifth-rotation spot, allowed two hits, a run, two walks and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings of work. The southpaw struggled in the second frame, but then retired the next seven batters in a row before being replaced by Trevor Cahill. The A's right-hander allowed four hits, two runs and two walks while striking out six in 4 2/3 innings.

Worth noting: Wednesday marked the first time all spring that all three of Oakland's expected Opening Day starting outfielders played together. Rajai Davis and Ryan Sweeney joined Coco Crisp, who made his defensive debut, in the outfield grass for the first six innings.

Cactus League records: Athletics 9-10-2; Dodgers 7-10-2.

Up next: Ben Sheets will pitch in a Minor League game in the afternoon before right-hander Jason Jennings takes the mound for the A's against the Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz., beginning at 7:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV. Manager Bob Geren said Sheets' start at Papago Park will offer the right-hander a controlled environment in order to ensure six innings of work. Meanwhile, Jennings is vying for a spot in what is currently a depleted bullpen.

While pitching staff candidates Ramon Ortiz and Josh Towers continue their tryouts for the Dodgers on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. PT on MLB.TV against the Brewers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, attention will be diverted to a Minor League game against Texas in Surprise, where catcher Russell Martin will see his first game action since suffering a pulled groin muscle March 6. Martin was expected to miss four to six weeks, but he's vowed to be ready for Opening Day.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.