3/21/2014 3:05 A.M. ET
Sydney Cricket Ground proves to be a fair host
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
SYDNEY -- During the Dodgers' first workout in Australia on Tuesday, baseballs hit into the jet stream blowing out to center field left players convinced that Sydney Cricket Ground would be a hitter's haven.
On Wednesday, the winds blew in and batting-practice drives fell harmlessly in front of the warning track, and the place suddenly was pitcher friendly.
Winds were calm Thursday night, when the Dodgers came from behind for a 4-2 win over Team Australia.
"It seems to play pretty fair," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "The stadium doesn't have a third deck to block the wind. The ball gets up there [above the stadium rim] and it can carry. Obviously the wind is having a big effect.
"Hanley [Ramirez] hit a ball last night that didn't get up [and was caught]. Their guy hit one to right that didn't go. It seems pretty fair."
Yasiel Puig's home run was a towering shot to left field.
Dodgers stars stateside rehabbing from injuries
SYDNEY -- The Dodgers, who will work out Friday afternoon at Sydney Cricket Ground, received positive news from several teammates back in Arizona.
Carl Crawford, who missed a day with mild right should inflammation, went 3-for-3 with a homer and an RBI single in a Minor League game against Cincinnati's Triple-A team at Camelback Ranch. Crawford is on the paternity list while awaiting the birth of his child.
Matt Kemp, continuing his rehab from left ankle and left shoulder operations, played an entire game, which is good news. He also went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, which continues a very rugged comeback offensively.
Josh Beckett started, allowed one run and six hits in four innings with four strikeouts, and he was able to throw curveballs, apparently his bruised right thumb healing.
Brandon League, however, allowed a home run in 1 1/3 innings against the Reds' Double-A team.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.