Dodgers 6, Cubs 3

March, 30, 2012
3/30/12
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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MESA, Ariz. -- On a day the Chicago Cubs rolled out their Opening Day lineup they fell 6-3 to a Los Angeles Dodgers split-squad team.

The good: Ryan Dempster rebounded from a rough start in a minor-league game and looked solid while giving up one run over 4 2/3 innings. He faced 20 batters before turning it over to left-hander James Russell, who retired the only batter he faced. Dempster’s next outing will be Thursday on Opening Day against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field.

The bad: The offense couldn’t gain much traction against the Dodgers, whose starter Fernando Nieve won’t even make the big-league roster. Ian Stewart hit a home run, his second of the spring, but the first four batters in the lineup were a combined 2-for-12. Alfonso Soriano and Steve Clevenger both drove in late runs.

Outside the box: Two of the perceived favorites for the final two bullpen spots saw action Friday. Manuel Corpas gave up three runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Lendy Castillo, who has never pitched above the Single-A level, gave up one run on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. Each pitcher walked a batter.

Up next: Cubs left-hander Paul Maholm (1-1, 0.90) will take the mound opposite Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (3-1, 3.77) in the 3 p.m. CST start from HoHoKam Park.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 31
RBIA. Rizzo 74
RA. Rizzo 86
OPSA. Rizzo .895
WJ. Arrieta 9
ERAT. Wood 4.86
SOJ. Arrieta 157