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|L.A. Dodgers (8-13)||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||0||0||3||12||1|
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Carl Crawford's wait to see game action was a long one. When he finally returned to the lineup, it didn't take long for him to contribute.
Crawford got two hits and two RBIs in his second appearance in a Dodgers uniform Monday, Josh Beckett was scratched because of the flu and Los Angeles lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3.
After going 0-for-3 in his Dodgers debut Sunday against Milwaukee, Crawford, the designated hitter, singled on a line drive to left in the third inning. In the fifth, he drove in two runs with another single, a shot to center.
"It helps build up the confidence," said Crawford, who had not appeared in a game since Aug. 19 when he sustained a left-elbow injury that required surgery on Aug. 23, two days before the Dodgers obtained him from the Boston Red Sox.
"Getting up in front of a crowd and all of that is just part of the process of coming back," he said.
Crawford's work in spring training was slowed by nerve irritation in the elbow March 1. He was shut down for a week. Crawford resumed batting drills first then he began to throw.
"That part is good to see, him getting a couple of hits," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I know it makes him feel better. The better part for me was to see him throw. He's really progressing. He had a lot on the ball today."
Crawford threw in drills before the game.
"Seventy-five to 80 feet," said Crawford, who still hopes to be ready for opening day on April 1 against the World Series champion San Francisco at Dodger Stadium. "That's what I've been throwing every day. At some point, I'll hit the cutoff distance. I don't know how far that is. But that's the goal."
Crawford, who is projected to lead off, got his two-run single in the fifth off Arizona starter Randall Delgado.
"I let the ball drift down a little too much on that last pitch to Crawford," Delgado said. "It should have been up a little bit more. That was a mistake, I think."
Delgado is in competition with Patrick Corbin for the fifth spot in Arizona's starting rotation. It had been a three-way race that included left-hander Tyler Skaggs. But the Diamondbacks optioned Skaggs to Triple-A Reno on Monday.
Despite the flu, Beckett still worked, throwing 76 pitches in six innings of a simulated game on a minor league field at Camelback Ranch.
"He was just happy to get it in," Mattingly said.
The Diamondbacks got one run on four hits, including an RBI single by Eric Hinske in the second, off Josh Wall, who replaced Beckett.
Adam Eaton hit a two-run triple off Dodgers reliever Peter Moylan in the third. Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer over center field off Paco Rodriguez in the fourth.
NOTES: The Dodgers re-assigned outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to its minor league camp Monday. The acquisition of Crawford and Skip Schumaker left no room for him on the roster. Gwynn has one year left on his contract. It's guaranteed for $1.15 million. Catcher Wilkin Castillo was also re-assigned to minor league camp. Ramon Castro, also a catcher, was released. . In addition to optioning Skaggs to Triple-A, the Diamondbacks re-assigned infielder Kila Kaaihue, left-handed pitcher Rommie Lewis and catcher Rossmel Perez to minor league camp.
|Players of the Game|
|Adam Eaton, RF||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||.382|
|Socrates Brito, RF||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.500|
|Willie Bloomquist, SS||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.333|
|Nick Ahmed, 2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Gerardo Parra, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.355|
|Ryan Court, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.441|
|Kerry Jenkins, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.318|
|Matt Helm, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||.410|
|Evan Marzilli, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Eric Hinske, DH||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.357|
|a- Didi Gregorius, PH-DH||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.429|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.229|
|A.J. Pollock, LF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Tuffy Gosewisch, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.222|
|a-singled for Hinske in the 7th|
|3B - Adam Eaton (1, Moylan)|
|HR - Paul Goldschmidt (1, Rodriguez)|
|RBI - Adam Eaton (10), Willie Bloomquist (4), Paul Goldschmidt (6), Eric Hinske (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Eric Hinske (2)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Adam Eaton 1|
|DP - Eaton-Goldschmidt, Pennington-Ahmed-Helm, Pennington-Ahmed-Helm|
|Randall Delgado (W,2-1)||5||6||2||2||1||3||0||5.25|
|Matt Reynolds (H,3)||2||4||1||1||0||0||0||8.59|
|Tony Sipp (H,4)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.57|
|Joe Paterson (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randall Delgado 31-26, Matt Reynolds 9-9, Tony Sipp 6-6, Joe Paterson 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randall Delgado 5-6, Matt Reynolds 2-3, Tony Sipp 1-1, Joe Paterson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Randall Delgado 21, Matt Reynolds 9, Tony Sipp 4, Joe Paterson 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Carl Crawford, DH||3||0||2||2||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Jesus Flores, PH-DH||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.056|
|Alfredo Amezaga, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.268|
|Miguel Rojas, SS||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.143|
|Matt Kemp, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.148|
|Matt Angle, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.545|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Scott Van Slyke, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|Andre Ethier, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.333|
|Jeremy Rathjen, RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Luis Cruz, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.281|
|Scott Wingo, PR-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Elian Herrera, LF||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.351|
|Blake Smith, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|A.J. Ellis, C||3||1||1||0||0||2||1||.360|
|Chris O'Brien, C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.667|
|Dee Gordon, SS||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||.241|
|Brian Barden, 2B-3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|a-flied out for Crawford in the 7th|
|2B - Adrian Gonzalez (1, Delgado), Luis Cruz (3, M. Reynolds)|
|RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (2), Miguel Rojas (1)|
|SB - Elian Herrera (1, 2nd base off Delgado/Montero), Dee Gordon (7, 2nd base off Delgado/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1|
|DP - L. Cruz-Amezaga-Gonzalez, Kemp-Gordon-Amezaga, Rojas-Van Slyke|
|E - Miguel Rojas (2, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Josh Wall (L,0-1)||2||4||1||1||0||0||0||1.93|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Wall 8-8, Peter Moylan 5-5, Paco Rodriguez 14-11, Shawn Tolleson 7-7, Red Patterson 10-6, Sean White 8-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Wall 2-2, Peter Moylan 2-1, Paco Rodriguez 3-2, Red Patterson 2-1, Sean White 4-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Wall 8, Peter Moylan 5, Paco Rodriguez 7, Shawn Tolleson 3, Red Patterson 7, Sean White 6|
|Attendance - 10332|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Allen Bailey, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Jonathan Saphire|