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White Sox 9, Dodgers 0

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Chicago White Sox had their way with the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 9-0 victory Saturday in the Cactus League opener for both teams.

THE GOOD: Dylan Axelrod showed that he is intent on earning a roster spot as he opened spring play with three scoreless innings. Alex Rios had a double in each of his first two at-bats, while Tyler Flowers crushed a line-drive home run to right field. The offensive show started in the first two innings against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The White Sox scored in each of the first four innings.

THE BAD: There isn’t much to complain about in a thoroughly dominating victory. Brian Omogrosso did walk three batters during his one inning of work, but managed to work out of the jam without allowing a run. Newcomer Conor Gillaspie could have made the last out of the game by getting a runner straying off third base, but couldn’t handle the throw across the diamond.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Each of the White Sox starters got just two at-bats and amazingly every one of them reached base except for Adam Dunn. On the pitching side, Axelrod was so solid that he needed just 18 pitches to get through his three innings. Even more amazing was that all 18 of his pitches were for strikes.

UP NEXT: In the second Cactus League game, the White Sox will send right-hander Erik Johnson to the mound, as the non-roster invitee gets a chance to impress the coaching staff. He will face off against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke in the 2 p.m. CST start from Camelback Ranch.