GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It didn't take long for Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz to recover from food poisoning.
In his first at-bat after two days in bed, Cruz hit a two-run homer that helped the Dodgers beat the Angels 10-8 Thursday and leave their Los Angeles rival with an 0-5-2 record at spring training.
"I'm still weak," Cruz said after sending a pitch from Jerome Williams over the left-field fence and into the Dodgers bullpen. "But, hitting-wise, I feel good."
Cruz, who appeared in 78 games last season with the Dodgers after limited major league experience with Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, was hospitalized for a day for treatment of dehydration.
Dodger manager Don Mattingly hopes Cruz provides stability at third base alongside Hanley Ramirez, back at shortstop following his trade last summer from the Miami Marlins.
"I want Luis thinking about being the everyday third baseman," Mattingly said. "I'm not thinking about him at any other position."
Clayton Kershaw struck out seven over three innings in his second spring training appearance. Preparing to face San Francisco on April 1 in his third straight opening-day start, Kershaw allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits, walking none.
Mark Trumbo had an RBI single in the first on a slider, and Howie Kendrick doubled in a run in the third and scored on Vernon Wells' single.
"As always, I was trying to get comfortable and get outs," Kershaw said. "But I left sliders up and I can't do that. I left that ball up and Trumbo got that double. Make a mistake and they'll let you know."