Sherrill Struggles, Padilla Loses

Left-handed reliever George Sherrill, pitching on consecutive days for the first time this spring, walked two and gave up a hit in two-thirds of an inning Friday, raising his ERA to 5.06. Sherrill has issued six walks to go with nine hits allowed in 5 1/3 innings.

“I guess when it happens during the season,” manager Joe Torre said, asked when he would start to worry about Sherrill. “I’ve gone this far, I’m not about to start panicking now.”

Torre repeated that the staff was warned about Sherrill’s notoriously poor Spring Training record.

Also Friday, Vicente Padilla made his first start for the Dodgers since being named Opening Day pitcher. He allowed one run for four innings, then hit the wall and was charged with four more runs before being lifted with one out in the fifth at a pitch count of 97, suffering the loss. His spring ERA is 6.28. — Ken Gurnick

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