|L.A. Dodgers (2-1) «||1||4||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||11||14||3|
|Chi. Cubs (3-2)||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||7||10||3|
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Starlin Castro wanted a third at-bat. He got it and then pulled up lame.
Castro left in the bottom of the fourth inning after pulling up on a ground ball to shortstop Wednesday during an 11-7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Cubs said their shortstop had left hamstring tightness.
"It was a little bit tight but not too bad," Castro said. "I felt it when I touched the base. It scared me. I don't want to be hurt. I feel too good this year."
Castro, who was the designated hitter, played in 162 games last and expects to do so again this year.
"He was jogging around in the training room a little bit," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It was more tight than a pull or anything. He pulled up quite a bit, and he was kind of hobbling, but it doesn't seem like a big deal at all. Certain players love to play period. He is one them guys and there is no taking him out of the lineup. He begged for the third at-bat and looked what happened."
Castro said he never had experienced a similar injury and thought conditioning may have been a factor.
"It felt like a Charlie horse. Nothing bad," he said. "I worked too much in the Dominican, running a lot."
Aaron Harang, bidding for a spot in the Dodgers rotation, allowed four runs, five hits and a walk in the first, then threw a 1-2-3 second. He was 10-10 with a career-best 3.61 ERA last year.
He tightened up during the top of the first.
"I felt like I was having a hard time getting loose again," he said of the bottom half. "It felt like it took to the middle of the inning before I was getting anywhere loose."
Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-run double off Trey McNutt in the second inning and added a sacrifice fly in the third. Darwin Barney had two singles and two RBIs.
Alfredo Amezaga had three hits and two RBIs for the Dodgers, who trailed 4-1 after the first but led 8-4 in the middle of the third.
NOTES: Dodgers INF Luis Cruz went to emergency care with flulike symptoms on Tuesday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he was fine on Wednesday and will be out of for a few days. ... Cubs RHP Matt Garza (left lat muscle) is getting closer to taking the mound, possibly as early as Thursday, after two days of upper- and lower-body workouts. ... Dodgers CF Matt Kemp (offseason shoulder surgery) took some swings in the batting cages and could be at DH this weekend.
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., RF||2||1||1||3||0||1||0||.400|
|Brian Barden, RF||2||0||1||2||0||0||0||.714|
|Alfredo Amezaga, 2B||3||1||3||2||0||0||0||.333|
|Rusty Ryal, PR-2B||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||1.000|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||.200|
|Dee Gordon, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Dallas McPherson, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Omar Luna, 3B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.286|
|Ozzie Martinez, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nick Punto, DH||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||.167|
|a- Matt Wallach, PH-DH||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Tim Federowicz, C||2||2||1||0||1||1||0||.400|
|Ramon Castro, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Yasiel Puig, CF||3||3||2||0||0||0||0||.364|
|Alex Castellanos, CF||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||.250|
|Elian Herrera, LF||3||2||3||1||0||0||0||.375|
|Nick Evans, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a-struck out for Punto in the 6th|
|2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1, McNutt), Elian Herrera (1, Cabrera)|
|HR - Alex Castellanos (2, Takahashi)|
|SF - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1), Hanley Ramirez (1)|
|RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. 3 (3), Brian Barden 2 (2), Alfredo Amezaga 2 (2), Hanley Ramirez (3), Alex Castellanos (4), Elian Herrera (1)|
|CS - Alex Castellanos (1, 2nd base by Russell/Boscan)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Gordon-Ryal-McPherson|
|PB - Tim Federowicz (1)|
|E - Omar Luna (1, Throwing), Rusty Ryal (1, Misplayed grounder), Dee Gordon (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Aaron Harang (W,1-0)||2||5||4||4||1||1||0||18.00|
|Mark Lowe (H,1)||1||3||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Ronald Belisario (H,1)||1||0||2||0||2||1||0||9.00|
|Matt Magill (H,1)||2||0||0||0||1||5||0||0.00|
|Javy Guerra (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Angel L. Sanchez (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 17-13, Mark Lowe 8-8, Ronald Belisario 16-6, Matt Magill 20-16, Javy Guerra 4-4, Angel L. Sanchez 4-4, Juan Abreu 12-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 3-2, Ronald Belisario 1-2, Matt Magill 1-0, Javy Guerra 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 12, Mark Lowe 6, Ronald Belisario 6, Matt Magill 7, Javy Guerra 4, Angel L. Sanchez 4, Juan Abreu 5|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.600|
|a- Junior Lake, PH-3B||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||.143|
|Starlin Castro, DH||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.429|
|Johermyn Chavez, PR-DH||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||.375|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.250|
|b- Brian Bogusevic, PH-1B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.286|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||.400|
|c- Jorge Soler, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||1||2||2||.143|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||2||2||2||1||0||0||0||.571|
|d- Darnell McDonald, PH-RF||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||.125|
|Scott Hairston, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.250|
|e- Dave Sappelt, PH-CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.200|
|Welington Castillo, C||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.429|
|J.C. Boscan, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.400|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||2||0||2||2||0||0||0||.500|
|Alberto Gonzalez, PR-2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||3||.143|
|Brent Lillibridge, SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||4||.250|
|Javier Baez, SS||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.429|
|a-walked for Valbuena in the 4th|
|b-walked for Rizzo in the 4th|
|c-struck out for Soriano in the 4th|
|d-hit a sacrifice fly for Schierholtz in the 4th|
|e-flied out for Hairston in the 4th|
|2B - Luis Valbuena (2, Harang)|
|SF - Darnell McDonald (1)|
|RBI - Anthony Rizzo (1), Nate Schierholtz (3), Darnell McDonald (4), Darwin Barney 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Darwin Barney 2 (2)|
|SB - Junior Lake (1, 2nd base off Belisario/Federowicz)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Valbuena-Barney-Rizzo|
|E - J.C. Boscan (1, Throwing), Scott Hairston (1, Dropped fly), Junior Lake (1, Throwing)|
|Trey McNutt (BS,1; L,0-1)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||4.50|
|WP - Brooks Raley (1), Trey McNutt (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brooks Raley 15-10, Trey McNutt 6-5, Jaye Chapman 12-4, Alberto Cabrera 18-17, Michael Bowden 5-5, Hisanori Takahashi 12-5, Shawn Camp 3-3, James Russell 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brooks Raley 2-0, Trey McNutt 2-1, Alberto Cabrera 2-2, Michael Bowden 2-0, Hisanori Takahashi 2-1, Shawn Camp 2-1, James Russell 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Brooks Raley 9, Trey McNutt 5, Jaye Chapman 6, Alberto Cabrera 11, Michael Bowden 3, Hisanori Takahashi 5, Shawn Camp 3, James Russell 3|
|Attendance - 4572|
|Game Time - 3:45|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Seth Buckminster, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott|