Kershaw has rough start in spring training opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm •  Published: February 26, 2014
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw was rocked for three runs on five hits in two innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 Wednesday in the teams' spring training opener.

Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner with a new seven-year, $215 million contract, struck out two and walked one. He gave up three extra-base hits, including A.J. Pollock's RBI triple and Martin Prado's run-scoring double.

Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 with an RBI double for the Dodgers.

Arizona's Brandon McCarthy allowed a run on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk in four innings.

The teams met for the first time since the Dodgers beat Arizona to clinch the NL West last year, annoying the Diamondbacks by celebrating in the Chase Field swimming pool.

"Obviously not very good," Kershaw said of his outing. "It wasn't very pretty. My body feels good, the arm feels good, it's just obviously there's a lot of stuff to work on."

Relievers J.J. Putz, Brad Zeigler, Addison Reed, Joe Thatcher and Josh Collmenter each threw a scoreless inning for the Diamondbacks.

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Dodgers: Kershaw had trouble from the start, giving up a one-out single to Aaron Hill and an RBI double to Prado in the first inning. In the second, Gerardo Parra doubled with one out and took third on outfielder Joc Peterson's error. Pollock followed with a shot off the top of the glove of Carl Crawford in right field for an RBI triple.

"I wasn't throwing the ball where I wanted to," Kershaw said. "There's some off-speed pitches that I needed to throw better. ... There's just some balls that l left up."

Diamondbacks: McCarthy, who is coming off a difficult, injury-plagued season, was pleased with his start. He threw 52 pitches, 37 strikes.