Chicago at Los Angeles

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Chi. Cubs (13-15)0110100014101
L.A. Dodgers (10-14) «00130001x581

Dodgers 5, Cubs 4

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - With Hanley Ramirez out for two months after having thumb surgery, the Los Angeles Dodgers need a plan at shortstop.

They started by taking a look at Nick Punto.

Punto played shortstop and went hitless in three at-bats Thursday in the Dodgers' 5-4 victory over a Chicago Cubs split squad.

"It's my natural position," said Punto, who was obtained on Aug. 25 from the Boston Red Sox in a multiplayer deal. "It comes back pretty quick. I would say that at this point in my career, I've played all the positions. But for a lot of us who have, it began at short."

Ramirez was injured in the final of the World Baseball Classic while playing for the Dominican Republic on Tuesday night. Luis Cruz, Dee Gordon, Juan Uribe and Jerry Hairston Jr. are also under consideration.

Manager Don Mattingly remained uncertain about the decision. But he said he might move Cruz to shortstop from third base, where he has been all spring. Cruz played shortstop the first three weeks after the Dodgers obtained Ramirez from the Miami Marlins last season in late July.

"What calmed us down last year was when Luis went to short," Mattingly said. "That gives me multiple options at third."

Alex Castellanos hit his fourth spring homer, a three-run drive against Scott Feldman, who was making his third appearance in spring since leaving Texas and signing with the Cubs. Feldman allowed four runs and seven hits and struck out five in five innings.

"I feel pretty good with three of my four pitches," said Feldman, who is scheduled to pitch the fourth game of the regular season on April 6 in Atlanta. "My changeup is one that I haven't thrown enough this spring. The ones I have thrown they really aren't game-ready."

Starlin Castro homered off Dodgers starter Stephen Fife in the third inning. Fife gave up seven hits and struck out five in his fourth appearance this spring.

"Stephen has been great," Mattingly said. "He has come so far from last spring to this spring. He's back to confidently throwing the ball. He was at 96 mph there once and 95 a couple of times."

The games was a charity event for the foundation named for 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, who was killed Jan. 8, 2011, in a Tucson shooting that critically wounded former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Taylor-Green's father is Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green and her grandfather is former big league manager Dallas Green.

"We used to sing the national anthem together," John Green said. "Everywhere I go now to scout a game and I hear the anthem, that's what I think: I think of my little girl."

NOTES: Dee Gordon didn't make the trip. He stayed in Phoenix with a mild ankle sprain. He hasn't played since Monday. . Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' opening day starter, is scheduled to start Friday against the Cincinnati Reds.

 
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Los Angeles

A. Castellanos
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

S. Castro
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Darwin Barney, 2B4000022 .204
    Justin Bour, 1B1000001 .500
Starlin Castro, SS4121012 .476
    Arismendy Alcantara, SS0000000 .000
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4020000 .269
    Jonathan Mota, 2B0000000 .000
Scott Hairston, LF4110013 .146
Dave Sappelt, CF4000002 .182
Welington Castillo, C3100101 .176
Brent Lillibridge, 3B3121100 .481
Brian Bogusevic, RF4020011 .410
   a- Steve Clevenger, PH1000001 .343
   b- Johermyn Chavez, PH1001000 .320
Totals35410425  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Bowden in the 7th
b-grounded out for Lewis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brent Lillibridge (4, Fife)
HR - Starlin Castro (1, Fife)
RBI - Starlin Castro (2), Brent Lillibridge (4), Scott Feldman (1), Johermyn Chavez (4)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro (1), Brent Lillibridge (2)
SB - Starlin Castro (3, 3rd base off Johnson/Wallach)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Castro
PB - Welington Castillo (2)
E - Justin Bour (1, Missed catch of throw)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (L,0-3) 5744051 10.34
Hisanori Takahashi 0.2000010 3.86
Michael Bowden 0.1000000 2.08
Jaye Chapman 1000110 6.00
Jensen Lewis 1110120 5.68
WP - Scott Feldman (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 5-5, Michael Bowden 1-0, Jaye Chapman 1-0, Jensen Lewis 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 22, Hisanori Takahashi 2, Michael Bowden 1, Jaye Chapman 3, Jensen Lewis 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, LF4000011 .234
Mark Ellis, 2B3011010 .318
    Elian Herrera, RF1000010 .333
Matt Kemp, CF3010001 .182
    Omar Luna, SS1100000 .278
Andre Ethier, RF3110001 .314
    Matt Angle, CF0000100 .545
A.J. Ellis, C3120000 .393
    Matt Wallach, C1000001 .200
Juan Uribe, 3B3000033 .350
    C.J. Retherford, 3B1011000 .500
Alex Castellanos, DH-LF4113023 .205
Angelo Songco, 1B2110000 .500
    O'KOyea Dickson, 1B0000100 .000
Nick Punto, SS3000011 .259
    Rafael Ynoa, 2B0000000 .333
Totals3258529  
Batting
2B - Angelo Songco (1, Feldman)
3B - Matt Kemp (1, Feldman)
HR - Alex Castellanos (4, Feldman)
RBI - Mark Ellis (9), C.J. Retherford (4), Alex Castellanos 3 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (2), C.J. Retherford (2)
CS - O'KOyea Dickson (1, 2nd base by Chapman/Castillo)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Punto-Ellis-Songco, Ellis-Songco, Punto-Ellis-Dickson
E - Stephen Fife (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Stephen Fife (W,2-0) 6732031 3.45
Blake Johnson (H,1) 2300020 0.00
Sean White (S,1) 1011200 4.91
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Fife 9-4, Blake Johnson 4-0, Sean White 3-0
Batters Faced - Stephen Fife 23, Blake Johnson 9, Sean White 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11118
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Allen Bailey, Third Base - Joel Hospodka