Crawford impressive in Dodger loss


Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carl Crawford’s wait to see game action was a long one. When he finally returned to the lineup, it didn’t take long for him to contribute.

Crawford got two hits and two RBIs in his second appearance in a Dodgers uniform Monday, Josh Beckett was scratched because of the flu and Los Angeles lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3.

After going 0-for-3 in his Dodgers debut Sunday against Milwaukee, Crawford, the designated hitter, singled on a line drive to left in the third inning. In the fifth, he drove in two runs with another single, a shot to center.

“It helps build up the confidence,” said Crawford, who had not appeared in a game since Aug. 19 when he sustained a left-elbow injury that required surgery on Aug. 23, two days before the Dodgers obtained him from the Boston Red Sox.

“Getting up in front of a crowd and all of that is just part of the process of coming back,” he said.

Crawford’s work in spring training was slowed by nerve irritation in the elbow March 1. He was shut down for a week. Crawford resumed batting drills first then he began to throw.

“That part is good to see, him getting a couple of hits,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “I know it makes him feel better. The better part for me was to see him throw. He’s really progressing. He had a lot on the ball today.”

Crawford threw in drills before the game.

“Seventy-five to 80 feet,” said Crawford, who still hopes to be ready for opening day on April 1 against the World Series champion San Francisco at Dodger Stadium. “That’s what I’ve been throwing every day. At some point, I’ll hit the cutoff distance. I don’t know how far that is. But that’s the goal.”

Crawford, who is projected to lead off, got his two-run single in the fifth off Arizona starter Randall Delgado.

Cubs 5, Padres 2

PEORIA, Ariz. — Had the offseason gone differently, Edwin Jackson could have been pitching against the Chicago Cubs on Monday instead of for them.

Jackson allowed one run and three hits in six innings as the Cubs rested most of their regulars in a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

“I’m getting closer and closer to game mode,” Jackson said. “The goal is to keep heading in a positive direction as we get closer to the regular season.”

Jackson left his No. 36 jersey behind at the Cubs’ clubhouse in Mesa and wore No. 82 instead. He struck out three and walked one.

San Diego pursued him but wouldn’t guarantee a fourth year, and Jackson signed a $52 million, four-year deal with the Cubs, his ninth organization.

“The one thing I knew was that I could end up anywhere,” Jackson said. “In free agency, you just never know how things are going to go, and I was ready for anything and ready to go anywhere. The transition hasn’t been bad. I’ve worked to get acclimated with the system and a new group of guys. It’s a pretty welcoming clubhouse, and that makes it easy to get used to a new team.”

Padres starter Clayton Richard allowed Javier Baez’s RBI groundout in the fourth and Dave Sappelt’s three-run homer in the fifth. Richard gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked none. He recorded 10 outs on grounders.

Richard also had an RBI single in the fifth.

Mariners 6, A’s 5

PHOENIX — Michael Morse is back for a second tour of duty with the Seattle Mariners, and they like what they see.

Morse broke a sixth-inning tie with his sixth home run of spring training, and the Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Monday.

Morse homered off starter A.J. Griffin for a 4-3 lead. Morse was reacquired from Washington as part of a three-way deal with Oakland during the offseason.

“Morse has had a good spring for us. He knows what he wants to do. He’s smart and strong. That is why he is in the middle of our lineup,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said.

Dustin Ackley had an RBI single later in the inning against Ryan Cook. Ackley, hitting .321, added another run-scoring single in the eighth off Pat Neshek.

“The ball is really coming off his bat. He is spraying the ball around,” Wedge said.

Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, one of the candidates to become the Mariners’ No. 2 spot behind Felix Hernandez, gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, including Derek Norris’ two-run homer.

“I thought he threw the ball well,” Wedge said. “He was putting the ball on the ground and he used all of his pitches.”

Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp leaped and reached over the center-field fence to rob Jesus Montero of what appeared would be a two-run homer in the second.

 

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