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.