2/27/2014 9:30 P.M. ET
Dodgers, D-backs taking different approaches
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers and D-backs are deploying different strategies in preparing their starting pitchers for the March 22-23 Opening Series in Australia.
While neither club has announced who will start those two games, Arizona No. 6 starter Randall Delgado went 3 2/3 innings and 60 pitches against the Dodgers and No. 2 starter Bronson Arroyo pitched three innings in a split-squad game against the Cubs on Thursday after No. 5 starter Brandon McCarthy pitched four innings on Wednesday against the Dodgers.
By contrast, Clayton Kershaw pitched two innings, plus 15 pitches in the bullpen afterward, on Wednesday against Arizona. Zack Greinke was scheduled for the same workload on Thursday against the D-backs, only to leave after four pitches with a mild strain of the right calf.
Arizona's pitching strategy, which utilized multiple simulated games and bullpen sessions, was influenced by new pitching consultant Dave Duncan, who is working with new pitching coach Mike Harkey. The Dodgers' strategy, with live batting practice and bullpen sessions, is the work of pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, who pitched for Duncan in Oakland and St. Louis. Honeycutt often refers to the influence of Duncan in his coaching style.
The Dodgers are on a five-day rotation, so Hyun-Jin Ryu gets his first start Friday, Dan Haren on Saturday and Josh Beckett on Sunday. Paul Maholm might pitch Sunday, but he has been in catch-up mode after missing a few days with elbow tenderness.
Uribe, Ethier, Guerrero each get two hits
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Juan Uribe, Andre Ethier and Alex Guerrero each had a pair of hits in the Dodgers' 4-3 exhibition win over the D-backs on Thursday.
Uribe slugged the club's first homer of the spring and Guerrero had his first hits and RBI with the Dodgers. Guerrero was the designated hitter, as manager Don Mattingly started Dee Gordon at second base.
Mattingly said Guerrero will DH if he doesn't start in the field in order to maximize his playing time. He sat out the 2013 season before defecting from Cuba, and the rust shows.
Brendan Harris, a non-roster invitee competing for a utility role, singled home the go-ahead run.
The club had to dip deep into the bullpen after Zack Greinke left in the first inning with a mild calf strain.
Chris Withrow followed Greinke and allowed a pair of runs with three walks, but prospect Red Patterson struck out two in 2 1/3 perfect innings, Sam Demel pitched a scoreless inning and Daniel Moskos struck out all three batters he faced. Moskos, a lefty, is a former first-round Draft pick who finished last season pitching in Taiwan.
Pedro Baez got the win, Jarret Martin the hold and Carlos Frias the save with an inning each.
Crawford scratched with tight quad
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford was out of Thursday's starting lineup vs. the D-backs as a precautionary measure with a tight right quadriceps. Los Angeles won the game, 4-3.
Manager Don Mattingly said he would also hold Crawford out of Friday's game, but didn't believe the injury would sideline Crawford longer than that. Crawford participated in non-running workouts Thursday.
Mattingly also said that catcher A.J. Ellis was sent home with the flu.
Crawford said the leg tightened up as he scored from first base on Yasiel Puig's double in the third inning of the Cactus League opener against Arizona on Wednesday.
Crawford spent a month on the disabled list last year with a strained left hamstring.
SportsNet LA plans 75 games in Spanish
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- SportsNet LA will produce 75 Dodgers games in Spanish this season, a club record. In 2015, SportsNet LA will increase the number of Spanish-language telecasts to 150.
In addition, the network announced that Dodgers legend and longtime coach Manny Mota and broadcast veteran Jorge Jarrín will return to call Dodgers games in Spanish on TV for a third season.
"The Dodgers have an incredible Spanish-speaking fan base, and we are ecstatic to be able to provide them with more live games in their language than they've ever had before because of our new television network, SportsNet LA," said Stan Kasten, Dodgers president. "It's fantastic that Manny Mota and Jorge Jarrín, who we're so excited to have calling Dodger games once again, will be able to speak directly to even more Dodger fans this season."
The inaugural Spanish-language telecast will be the Dodgers' home opener on Friday, April 4, against the Giants. SportsNet LA's Spanish-language productions will be called on-site at Dodger Stadium specifically for a Spanish-speaking audience, featuring distinct graphics and audio.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.