Los Angeles at Arizona

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Arizona (9-11) «10401030x9140

Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 1

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Aaron Hill is a wealthier man this year, Trevor Cahill a slimmer one.

Both had their best days of the spring in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 9-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a split-squad game Sunday.

Hill - who signed a contract that will earn him $40.5 million over the next four seasons - homered, doubled and singled while driving in four runs.

Cahill - on a diet that has him 10-15 pounds lighter than a year ago - gave up one hit in five scoreless innings. The No. 2 starter in Arizona's rotation struck out five and walked two.

"The best he's thrown it this spring," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I thought the last inning was his best inning. He threw two really nice curveballs that inning and some changeups. He threw many more strikes today, had better command of where he wanted to throw it as well."

Cahill said he lost the weight for "overall health" reasons.

"I've always done the same work and running and stuff," he said. "It was just the diet. I would eat unhealthy. Maybe (now) I'm not sick one time a year. If I'm sick, usually once a year, then that start's a struggle. If I'm healthy maybe it might contribute another win or whatever."

Hill's big day, in front of a record crowd of 12,809 at Salt River Fields, boosted his spring batting average to .452 with nine RBIs in 11 games.

Despite the big contract, Hill said, "you never want to get comfortable" in this game.

"It is comfortable, yes, family speaking," he said. "Everyone's happy. We love it here. So it's nice knowing you're going to be in a spot for a couple of years, but every year you've got something to prove. You want to go out and you want to be better than the last year."

Ted Lilly had a rough start for Los Angeles, allowing five runs and five hits in two-plus innings. He faced five batters without getting an out in Arizona's four-run third.

Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp hit his first home run of the spring.

Rod Barajas, competing for Arizona's backup catcher job, hit a two-run homer. Hill doubled in a run in the first, singled in a pair with the bases loaded in the third, then led off the fifth with his first home run of the spring.

Adam Eaton singled twice, walked and scored two runs for Arizona.

Lilly, competing with Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano for the fifth spot in the Dodgers' rotation, called his effort "awful."

"Too many hits," he said. "I lost command, fell out of my rhythm."

Eaton led off the fourth with a walk and went to third on Martin Prado's single. Jason Kubel walked to load the bases for Hill, who singled sharply to left to bring in two runners. Miguel Montero followed with an RBI single and Lilly's day was over. Eric Chavez brought home the fourth run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Lilly's return from shoulder surgery has been slowed a bit by a nagging cold and the fact that one outing was halted after two-thirds of an inning due to a storm.

This was his third appearance, and first start, of the spring, not counting the rain-shortened outing. The left-hander pitched 2 2-3 innings of relief Tuesday against Cincinnati, giving up five runs but only one earned.

"My arm's fine," he said. "I want to get better. I'd sure like to get back out there. The outing was supposed to be better than that."

Yasiel Puig, the 22-year-old Cuban signed by the Dodgers a year ago to a seven-year, $42 million contract, singled in the first and stole second and third. He went 1 for 2 to give him a .452 average this spring. Puig had a two-run homer and two singles in three at-bats against Kansas City on Saturday.

Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow left the game after being struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of pinch-hitter Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth.

NOTES: Both teams wore green caps for St. Patrick's Day. ... Eaton has hit safely in nine of 11 games. ... Lilly used a neon green bat, but there was no luck of the Irish in it. He struck out in his only plate appearance. ... Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke threw off a mound for the first time since he was shut down last Monday with inflammation in his right elbow. Greinke threw 38 pitches and said he felt good in his first session since his right elbow was injected in Los Angeles with plasma rich in platelets.

 
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Arizona

A. Hill
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS3010000 .214
    Miguel Rojas, SS1000000 .000
Alfredo Amezaga, 2B2000000 .289
    C.J. Retherford, 2B2000011 .400
Matt Kemp, CF2111100 .167
    Matt Angle, CF1010000 .600
Yasiel Puig, LF2010001 .452
    Jeremy Moore, LF2000011 .308
Juan Uribe, 3B3010012 .344
    Wilkin Castillo, 3B1000010 .333
Scott Van Slyke, 1B3000013 .231
    O'KOyea Dickson, 1B1000000 .000
Alex Castellanos, RF1000200 .206
    Rusty Ryal, RF1000000 .250
Tim Federowicz, C2000012 .167
    Ramon Castro, C1000012 .214
Ted Lilly, P1000010 .500
    Yimi Garcia, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeremy Rathjen, PH1000010 .250
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Chris Withrow, P0000000 .000
    Chris Reed, P1000012 .000
Totals31151310  
a-struck out for Belisario in the 5th
Batting
2B - Matt Angle (1, Collmenter)
HR - Matt Kemp (1, Ziegler)
RBI - Matt Kemp (2)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (1)
SB - Yasiel Puig 2 (3, 2nd base off Cahill/Montero, 3rd base off Cahill/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ted Lilly (L,0-2) 2555320 9.45
Yimi Garcia 1100010 0.00
Ronald Belisario 1100020 3.86
Peter Moylan 1111001 7.94
Chris Withrow 0.1100010 0.00
Chris Reed 2.2533031 5.40
WP - Chris Reed (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 28-15, Yimi Garcia 6-6, Ronald Belisario 8-7, Peter Moylan 4-4, Chris Withrow 4-4, Chris Reed 22-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 2-2, Peter Moylan 2-1, Chris Reed 2-3
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 14, Yimi Garcia 4, Ronald Belisario 3, Peter Moylan 4, Chris Withrow 2, Chris Reed 13
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF2220100 .358
   a- David Nick, PH-LF10100001.000
   b- Socrates Brito, PH-LF10100001.000
Martin Prado, 3B3110011 .241
   c- Breland Almadova, PH-CF2000013 .222
Jason Kubel, LF2100121 .192
   d- John McDonald, PH-SS2000003 .259
Aaron Hill, 2B3234000 .452
    Cliff Pennington, 2B2000001 .212
Miguel Montero, C3011001 .316
    Kerry Jenkins, RF1110000 .250
Eric Chavez, 1B2001010 .308
    Eric Hinske, 1B1111000 .346
Willie Bloomquist, SS2010100 .381
    Rod Barajas, C1112000 .269
Gerardo Parra, RF2000013 .393
   e- Jake Lamb, PH-3B2000020 .333
Trevor Cahill, P2000003 .000
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   f- Paul Goldschmidt, PH1010000 .405
    Josh Collmenter, P1000010 .000
Totals36914939  
a-singled for Eaton in the 6th
b-singled for Nick in the 8th
c-struck out for Prado in the 6th
d-flied out for Kubel in the 6th
e-struck out for Parra in the 6th
f-singled for Ziegler in the 6th
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (5, Lilly)
3B - Kerry Jenkins (1, Reed)
HR - Aaron Hill (1, Moylan), Rod Barajas (2, Reed)
SF - Eric Chavez (1)
RBI - Aaron Hill 4 (9), Miguel Montero (2), Eric Chavez (7), Eric Hinske (6), Rod Barajas 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (2)
SB - Adam Eaton (2, 2nd base off Lilly/Federowicz), Willie Bloomquist (1, 2nd base off Y. Garcia/Federowicz)
CS - Adam Eaton (4, 2nd base by Belisario/Federowicz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Prado-Pennington-Hinske
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (W,1-1) 5100250 2.63
Brad Ziegler (H,2) 1211001 1.80
Josh Collmenter (S,1) 3200150 3.27
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 35-27, Brad Ziegler 7-6, Josh Collmenter 25-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 9-1, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Josh Collmenter 2-2
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 18, Brad Ziegler 4, Josh Collmenter 12
Game Information
Attendance - 12809
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - John Tumpane