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Monday, February 28, 2011
Dodgers 6, White Sox 5

By Doug Padilla

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox opened their Cactus League schedule with a 6-5 defeat to the Dodgers, in a game between the two teams that share the Camelback Ranch complex.

The good: Gavin Floyd pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut, while facing just six batters. Jeff Gray and Lucas Harrell, who could end up in a battle for the final spot on the pitching staff, each pitched a scoreless inning. Alexei Ramirez made a highlight defensive play, going into the hole to his right and making the long throw to first in time to record the out.

The bad: Adam Dunn, who struck out 199 times last season, whiffed during his first two trips to the plate Monday, but did walk and score a run. After being praised by manager Ozzie Guillen for how he looked early in camp, right-hander Miguel Socolovich was roughed up for four runs on three hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Beyond the box score: Former major-leaguer Dallas McPherson, whose career has been interrupted by back trouble akin to what plagued former White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, had a hit and made a diving stop to his left while playing third.

Up next: Mark Buehrle will take the mound Tuesday as the White Sox face the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch. Game time is 2:05 CST.