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Cleveland at Los Angeles

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L.A. Dodgers (4-4) «00010040x5121

Dodgers 5, Indians 1

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Josh Beckett's resume makes Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly think about Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

"I've told everybody," Mattingly said. "He was Clayton. He was Greinke."

Beckett, the 2003 World Series MVP for the Marlins, has been a star and a starter.

Signs of both were there for the second time Sunday when Beckett allowed one hit and struck out three in three scoreless innings, leading the Dodgers to a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Over five innings in two spring starts, Beckett has allowed no runs and two hits. He's struck out six. Before the spring training game at Camelback Ranch, Mattingly dismissed any suggestion that Beckett might wind up in the bullpen.

"I don't think we see Josh in the `pen at all," Mattingly said. "We just don't see that as a possibility."

Then, Beckett showed why he looks as if he would be a good fit in the Dodger rotation behind No. 1 Kershaw and No. 2 Greinke.

Beckett, who was acquired by the Dodgers on Aug. 25 from Boston, got his third of three successive strikeouts in the second against the Indians with a changeup on a 3-2 pitch to Juan Diaz. Throughout spring training, Beckett said, he been working on the pitch and his delivery.

"My changeup has been the key to a lot of my success," Beckett said. "I feel good with it. I'm kind of working on everything. My fast ball is OK. But I could use some improvement there."

Cuban defector Yasiel Puig, who signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with Los Angeles in June, hit a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Dodgers the lead.

Puig hit a full-count pitch from right-hander Fernando Nieve over the left-field wall.

Throughout spring training, the powerfully-built Puig has been creating a buzz. After his homer Sunday, he signed autographs for excited fans.

"The pitchers here are faster and smarter than they are in Cuba," Puig said through an interpreter. "I want to play every day. Whatever happens, happens."

Puig came on for Matt Kemp as a pinch hitter. In a second appearance as the Dodgers designated hitter, Kemp went 0 for 3. Kemp, coming off shoulder surgery, is 0 for 5 this spring.

"Matt's fine," Mattingly said. "Nothing wrong with him. The most import thing right now is just getting up there and taking his swings."

Indians manager Terry Francona liked what he saw in starter Corey Kluber, who gave up four hits in three innings in his third appearance this spring.

"He got his legs under him in first two times out," Francona said. "Today he started to compete."

NOTES: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitcher Ronald Belisario left Dodger camp for the World Baseball Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ramirez is on the Dominican Republic's roster. Belisario, is with Venezuela. The Dominican Republic and Venezuela play each other Thursday. .Dodgers right-hander Javy Guerra has been added to Mexico's WBC team. Guerra replaces Arizona reliever David Hernandez. Hernandez joined Team USA, filling a roster spot that opened up when Indian's closer Chris Perez withdrew Friday because of an injury to his left shoulder. .The Dodgers are off Monday. Right-hander Aaron Harang is the only Dodger expected to work. Harang is scheduled for a bullpen session. . The Indians play the Cubs Monday at Mesa's HoHoKam Stadium. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco is Cleveland's scheduled starter. The Cubs plan to go with right-hander Alberto Cabrera.

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

T. Fedroff
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Cleveland Indians
Michael Bourn , CF3000000.0710.1880.071
Ezequiel Carrera , LF3000010.1330.2780.333
Jason Giambi , 1B3000010.0000.2670.000
a-Ben Francisco , PH-DH1010000.5000.5710.833
Yan Gomes , C2010100.4170.4620.917
  Tony Wolters , PR-2B0100100.0000.5000.000
Mike McDade , 1B3010012.4710.4740.765
  Cedric Hunter , PR-RF1000002.0630.0630.063
Cord Phelps , 2B3000013.2940.4000.588
Juan Diaz , SS2001011.3080.2860.538
  Matt Antonelli , 2B1000010.5000.5000.500
Tim Fedroff , CF3020000.3330.3330.333
  Chris McGuiness , RF1000010.1250.1250.125
Luis Hernandez , 3B3000013.0770.1430.077
Matt Carson , CF1000010.2860.3750.929
Omir Santos , C1000010.2000.2000.400
Jesus Aguilar , 1B1000010.5000.5560.667
Totals3215121111
a-Doubled for J Giambi in the 8th.
BATTING
2B - B Francisco (4); Y Gomes (3)
RBI - J Diaz (2)
SF - J Diaz (1)
Cleveland Indians
Corey Kluber 3.04000206.43
Vinnie Pestano 1.03110106.75
Cody Allen 1.00000100.00
Nick Hagadone 1.01000100.00
Fernando Nieve (L,0-1) 1.044411114.54
Matt Langwell 1.00000103.60
Los Angeles Dodgers
Skip Schumaker , 2B3010010.2670.3130.467
Mark Ellis , 2B3000011.3570.3570.357
Matt Kemp , CF3000011.0000.0000.000
a-Yasiel Puig , PH-DH1113000.4210.4000.737
Adrian Gonzalez , 1B3010010.2350.4090.235
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B3010011.3750.5000.500
  Nick Evans , PR-LF1000001.2500.3080.250
Luis Cruz , 3B3120001.4440.4440.889
A.J. Ellis , C2021000.5000.6360.625
Nick Punto , 3B2010001.3850.5000.462
Alfredo Amezaga , SS3000011.3330.3330.333
Wilkin Castillo , C2110010.5560.5560.667
Justin Sellers , SS2000001.0000.1250.000
Alex Castellanos , CF1111000.2000.2500.600
Omar Luna , 2B0100100.3640.4620.364
Dallas McPherson , 1B1010000.1540.2140.231
Elian Herrera , 3B1000000.3750.4120.438
Totals345125178
a-Homered for M Kemp in the 7th.
BATTING
HR - Y Puig (1)
RBI - Y Puig 3 (5); A Ellis (2); A Castellanos (5)
BASERUNNING
SB - S Schumaker (1); A Castellanos (1)
CS - A Gonzalez (2)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Josh Beckett 3.01000300.00
Mark Lowe 1.00001100.00
Javy Guerra 1.01000000.00
Josh Wall 1.00000100.00
Matt Magill 0.22100000.00
Kelvin De La Cruz (W,1-0) 0.100001021.60
Peter Moylan 1.01001206.75
Juan Abreu 1.00000300.00
Game Information
Attendance - 7046
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jonathan Saphire, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Adam Hamari