Pitchers Sharp in Debut
Fourth starter Vicente Padilla tossed two perfect innings and was followed by Ramon Ortiz’s two scoreless innings in the Dodgers’ 8-3 win over the White Sox in Friday’s exhibition opener. It was Padilla’s first game action since he was accidentally shot in the thigh during the offseason.
Manager Joe Torre also had praise for reliever Jon Link, who threw a perfect ninth inning. Link came to the Dodgers in the Juan Pierre trade and could work his way into contention for a bullpen role.
Offensively, Manny Ramirez had two singles in three at-bats, Reed Johnson had two RBIs and Jamey Carroll had two steals and a bases-loaded walk. Torre said Ramirez appeared to have balance at the plate “I didn’t see after he came back (from suspension) last year.”
Jason Repko came out of the game after being hit on the left wrist with a pitch, but afterward said he was fine. — Ken Gurnick