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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Chad Billingsley is happy to work on - and maybe even worry about - pitches he knows he has to refine. He's able to proceed because of what has not been a concern at all.
He said his right elbow is fine.
Billingsley threw 3 1-3 innings Thursday for the Los Angeles Dodgers in an 11-all tie with the Texas Rangers. He has pitched 7 1-3 innings this spring after rehabilitation for a partial tear in his elbow last August.
"I'm throwing all my pitches," said Billingsley, who retired nine straight batters before the Rangers got to him in the fourth for two hits that led to two runs. "No problem, no problems at all. I'm bouncing back. I think it's behind, but you never know."
Billingsley, competing for a spot in the rotation, chose last season to skip Tommy John surgery, which probably would have sidelined for the 2013 season. Instead, he had the elbow injected with plasma rich in platelets.
"Two injections," he said. "I'm absolutely happy that's what I did."
In his third start this spring, he looked strong through three scoreless innings. In the fourth, Texas got to him.
"That's spring training," he said. "With each game, you start to work on things and add pitches. For me, that meant incorporating my cutter."
The Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the ninth on a three-run homer by minor league outfielder Matt Angle. He hit a pitch from Josh Lindbloom into the Dodgers' bullpen.
Adrian Beltre hit his first homer this spring, a two-run shot in the fifth for Texas.
"I'm tracking the ball well," said Beltre, who is 3 for 10 this spring. "I'm not seeing the ball, not really. But that will happen with more at-bats."
Beltre was with the Dodgers from 1998 to 2004.
"I think I'm over that," he said. "But it's always nice to beat up on them a little bit."
NOTES: Dodgers LF Carl Crawford hit balls off a tee and remained hopeful he'll be ready for opening day despite nerve irritation in a surgically repaired left elbow that has limited him in drills and kept him out of spring training games. "There's still a chance I'll be ready," said Crawford, who dismissed talk that he probably won't play April 1 against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. He is scheduled to hit off a tee again Friday. He has yet to resume throwing. The Dodgers are trying to determine whether swinging or throwing caused the irritation. ... Reliever Javy Guerra was back in the Dodgers' clubhouse. He was declared ineligible for Mexico's team in the World Baseball Classic team because of a rule prohibiting participation by players coming off injury. Guerra had shoulder surgery in November. "Crazy," Guerra said. "I was 100 percent going in and I'm 100 percent coming back." ... The Rangers play Milwaukee on Friday at Maryvale. Michael Kirkman is Texas' scheduled starter.
|Players of the Game|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.136|
|Yangervis Solarte, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Craig Gentry, RF||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||.316|
|Joey Butler, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.214|
|David Murphy, LF||4||2||2||1||0||1||2||.346|
|Aaron Cunningham, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.375|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||2||3||.200|
|Brandon Snyder, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.182|
|Jeff Baker, DH||3||3||2||0||1||0||2||.417|
|a- Brett Nicholas, PH-DH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.368|
|Konrad Schmidt, C||2||2||1||2||0||0||0||.250|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.333|
|Brandon Allen, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Leonys Martin, CF||2||0||1||3||0||0||0||.391|
|Julio Borbon, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.292|
|Jurickson Profar, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.185|
|Luis Sardinas, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jim Adduci, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.353|
|Guilder Rodriguez, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Baker in the 9th|
|b-tripled for Sardinas in the 9th|
|2B - David Murphy (2, Lowe)|
|3B - Jim Adduci (2, Johnson)|
|HR - Adrian Beltre (1, Lowe), Konrad Schmidt (1, Moylan)|
|SF - Leonys Martin (1)|
|RBI - David Murphy (4), Adrian Beltre 2 (2), A.J. Pierzynski (2), Konrad Schmidt 2 (2), Leonys Martin 3 (5), Jim Adduci 2 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jim Adduci 2 (2)|
|SB - Craig Gentry (4, 2nd base off Lowe/Federowicz)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Joe Nathan (H,1)||1||3||2||2||0||0||0||9.00|
|Joe Ortiz (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Evan Meek (H,2)||0.2||4||3||3||0||2||0||13.50|
|Ross Wolf (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Nate Robertson (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Josh Lindblom (BS,1)||1||2||3||3||0||3||1||8.44|
|HBP - Pederson (by Josh Lindblom)|
|WP - Josh Lindblom (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 30-24, Joe Nathan 6-6, Joe Ortiz 3-3, Evan Meek 11-10, Ross Wolf 1-1, Nate Robertson 5-5, Josh Lindblom 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 5-4, Joe Nathan 1-2, Joe Ortiz 3-0, Ross Wolf 1-0, Nate Robertson 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wells 19, Joe Nathan 6, Joe Ortiz 3, Evan Meek 6, Ross Wolf 1, Nate Robertson 3, Josh Lindblom 6|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dee Gordon, SS||3||2||2||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Justin Sellers, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.100|
|Alfredo Amezaga, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.273|
|Omar Luna, 2B||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.357|
|Yasiel Puig, LF||3||1||2||1||0||1||1||.423|
|Alex Castellanos, RF||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.211|
|Jeremy Moore, RF||3||0||1||1||0||0||2||.444|
|Joc Pederson, LF||1||1||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Elian Herrera, 3B||3||1||1||1||0||0||2||.333|
|Brian Barden, 3B||2||2||2||1||0||0||0||.579|
|Tim Federowicz, C||3||0||1||1||0||0||2||.214|
|Wilkin Castillo, C||2||1||1||1||0||1||2||.462|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.182|
|Matt Angle, CF||2||1||2||4||0||0||0||.800|
|Scott Van Slyke, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Rusty Ryal, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Ramon Castro, DH||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.333|
|a- Jeremy Rathjen, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Castro in the 8th|
|2B - Jeremy Moore (5, R. Wells), Elian Herrera (2, Nathan), Brian Barden (2, Meek), Scott Van Slyke (1, R. Wells)|
|HR - Matt Angle (1, Lindblom), Ramon Castro (1, R. Wells)|
|RBI - Yasiel Puig (6), Jeremy Moore (4), Elian Herrera (4), Brian Barden (3), Tim Federowicz (1), Wilkin Castillo (1), Matt Angle 4 (5), Ramon Castro (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Moore (1), Elian Herrera (3), Brian Barden (1), Tim Federowicz (1), Wilkin Castillo (1), Matt Angle 4 (4)|
|SB - Dee Gordon 2 (5, 2nd base off R. Wells/Pierzynski, 2nd base off R. Wells/Pierzynski), Wilkin Castillo (2, 2nd base off Meek/Schmidt)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Alfredo Amezaga (1, Misplayed grounder), Blake Johnson (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Mark Lowe (BS,1)||1||3||4||4||0||0||1||9.00|
|HBP - Gentry (by Chad Billingsley), Gentry (by Mark Lowe)|
|WP - Ross Stripling (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 28-19, Mark Lowe 8-6, Josh Wall 12-12, Peter Moylan 10-5, Ross Stripling 9-8, Blake Johnson 8-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 5-3, Josh Wall 3-0, Peter Moylan 2-1, Blake Johnson 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 16, Mark Lowe 7, Josh Wall 8, Peter Moylan 5, Ross Stripling 4, Blake Johnson 6|
|Attendance - 5804|
|Game Time - 3:20|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Allen Bailey, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Ben May|