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Los Angeles at Texas

    L.A. Dodgers «1210103109--

    Dodgers 9, Rangers 0


    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Even after three shutout innings, Clayton Kershaw still felt he had room for improvement on Friday.

    Kershaw allowed three hits and a walk in three innings in his spring debut and the Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the Texas Rangers 9-0.

    "You've got to see if you remember how to do it," Kershaw said. "The first time back I just wanted to work on my fastball command and then my secondary stuff. It starts with the fastball and then you add stuff as you go."

    Kershaw, last year's NL Cy Young Award winner, went 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA in 2011.

    "Once the season starts, all that other stuff is awesome but it's not important," Kershaw said. "You have to do a good job of getting your work done before everything else."

    After throwing 28 of his 42 pitches for strikes, Kershaw went to the bullpen to work on a changeup he said was "terrible."

    In the sixth inning, Rangers right fielder Conor Jackson lost a fly ball in the sun. The ball bounced off his glove and then his forehead as Josh Fields raced around for a triple. Jackson received five stitches above his left eye and will continue to be evaluated.

    Shortstop Dee Gordon said Kershaw looked "great, as always. He's incredible to play behind. When he's pitching, you know you're going to get a lot of ground balls so you've got to be ready."

    Kershaw received offensive support from Matt Kemp, who homered to lead off the third, and Andre Ethier who had an RBI single in the first, tripled in the third and scored on Jerry Sands' single.

    Kershaw also caught a hard line drive off the bat of Adrian Beltre just above the mound to end the first inning.

    "I just closed my eyes, stuck my glove out and I got lucky," Kershaw said.

    Juan Rivera and Alex Castellanos also homered for the Dodgers.

    Rangers starter Martin Perez, allowed two runs and three hits and three walks in his two-inning spring debut.

    "He got behind in the count," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "You can't get behind in the count and hope to get NL hitters out. They love the fastball there."

    The Dodgers finished with 16 hits off seven Rangers pitchers.

    "We only threw 129 pitches in this game," Washington said, "it's just what we threw across the plate, the Dodgers didn't miss."

    NOTES: Dodgers RHP Kenley Jansen was cleared Friday for baseball activities after experiencing heart palpitations on Thursday night. Jansen, who as a rookie struck out 96 batters in 53 2/3 innings, was hospitalized last July with an irregular heartbeat and spent three weeks on the disabled list. ... Michael Young returned to the Texas lineup after missing Thursday's game with a slight left thumb sprain.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers
    Dee Gordon, SS2110100 .250
        Lance Zawadzki, SS3000014 .143
    Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B3211002 .286
        Josh Fields, 3B2110000 .714
    Matt Kemp, CF2122000 .333
        Matt Angle, CF2001000 .000
    Juan Rivera, DH3111000 .100
       a- Gorman Erickson, PH-DH2020000 .667
    Andre Ethier, RF2121000 .625
        Cory Sullivan, RF-LF3010001 .500
    Jerry Sands, 1B3010003 .167
        Russ Mitchell, 1B2000001 .000
    Justin Sellers, 2B2111111 .444
        Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B2000020 .222
    A.J. Ellis, C2010101 .333
        Matt Wallach, C1000000 .000
    Scott Van Slyke, LF2000102 .143
       b- Alex Castellanos, PH-RF2121000 .571
    a-singled for J. Rivera in the 6th
    b-homered for Van Slyke in the 7th
    2B - Gorman Erickson (1, Adams), Jerry Sands (1, Ramirez), A.J. Ellis (2, Perez)
    3B - Josh Fields (1, Scheppers), Andre Ethier (1, Eppley)
    HR - Matt Kemp (1, Eppley), Juan Rivera (1, Ramirez), Alex Castellanos (2, Uehara)
    SF - Matt Kemp (1)
    RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2), Matt Kemp 2 (3), Matt Angle (1), Juan Rivera (1), Andre Ethier (4), Justin Sellers (2), Alex Castellanos (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera (1), Andre Ethier (3), Justin Sellers (1), Alex Castellanos (2)
    SB - Dee Gordon (2, 2nd base off Ramirez/Torrealba)
    Team LOB - 10
    DP - Zawadzki-De Jesus-Mitchell
    E - Ivan De Jesus Jr. (1, Throwing)
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    Clayton Kershaw (W,1-0) 3300100 0.00
    Angel Guzman (H,1) 1100100 0.00
    Scott Rice (H,2) 1000020 0.00
    Fernando Nieve (H,2) 2100010 3.00
    Ryan Tucker 2200100 6.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 42-28, Angel Guzman 22-13, Scott Rice 14-9, Fernando Nieve 28-18, Ryan Tucker 29-18
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-3, Angel Guzman 2-1, Scott Rice 1-0, Fernando Nieve 3-2, Ryan Tucker 5-1
    Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 12, Angel Guzman 5, Scott Rice 3, Fernando Nieve 7, Ryan Tucker 9
    Texas Rangers
    Ian Kinsler, 2B3000010 .214
        Greg Miclat, 2B1000000 .125
    Elvis Andrus, SS2010100 .667
        Yangervis Solarte, SS1000000 .250
    Josh Hamilton, CF2000001 .167
        Julio Borbon, CF2010000 .500
    Adrian Beltre, DH1000101 .364
        Leonys Martin, PR-DH2000000 .143
    Michael Young, 3B2010000 .222
        Brandon Snyder, 3B1000100 .500
    Nelson Cruz, RF2010002 .417
        Conor Jackson, RF0000000 .143
        Kyle Hudson, RF2000003 .200
    David Murphy, LF2010001 .400
        Engel Beltre, LF2010000 .286
    Yorvit Torrealba, C2000003 .286
        Luis Martinez, C2010001 .667
    Mitch Moreland, 1B2000010 .083
        Mike Olt, 1B2000012 .182
    2B - Luis Martinez (2, Nieve)
    CS - Nelson Cruz (1, 2nd base by Kershaw/Ellis)
    Team LOB - 9
    DP - Andrus-Moreland, Snyder-Olt
    Texas Rangers
    Martin Perez (L,0-1) 2322300 9.00
    Cody Eppley 1322001 9.00
    Neil Ramirez 2433111 13.50
    Tanner Scheppers 1311000 13.50
    Koji Uehara 1111021 9.00
    Mike Adams 1100000 0.00
    Robbie Ross 1100010 0.00
    HBP - Wallach (by Robbie Ross)
    WP - Neil Ramirez (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Martin Perez 37-20, Cody Eppley 13-11, Neil Ramirez 41-28, Tanner Scheppers 10-9, Koji Uehara 11-10, Mike Adams 12-8, Robbie Ross 13-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Martin Perez 5-0, Cody Eppley 1-2, Neil Ramirez 1-4, Tanner Scheppers 2-0, Mike Adams 2-1, Robbie Ross 2-0
    Batters Faced - Martin Perez 11, Cody Eppley 6, Neil Ramirez 11, Tanner Scheppers 5, Koji Uehara 4, Mike Adams 4, Robbie Ross 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6221
    Game Time - 2:48
    Temperature - 75
    Umpires - Home - Barry Larson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Tripp Gibson