Saturday was the first day of Spring Training action for the Los Angeles Dodgers who have high expectations this season not just by the team but fans as well.
At their Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers got blasted by their Spring Training neighbor Chicago White Sox 9-0. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had a rough start as he allowed two runs and four hits in just two innings of action.
"I feel strong. That's the important thing right now," said Kershaw regarding his health.
The Dodgers had only three hits that came from Andre Either, an aging Juan Uribe, and Cuban elevating superstar Yaisel Puig. The Dodgers signed Puig to an unprecedented seven year, $42 million deal.
Puig smacked a hit into left field in the bottom of the ninth inning, displaying his power running from first to second base as he was almost thrown out at third base.
"You wouldn't want to get run over by him," said Dodger manager Don Mattingly. "You want to see that kind of aggressiveness, especially in young guys."
The Chicago White Sox scored two runs in the third, one run in the fourth, two run in the seventh, and two runs in the ninth inning.
But relax everyone, it’s just Spring Training this is exactly what this time is for to improve and fine tune most mistakes before April 1st which is Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.