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Ryu perfect through 4 in Dodgers' win over Angels

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2013 at 12:51 am •  Published: March 29, 2013

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on the same day Joe Blanton joined the Angels. They hooked up against each other Thursday night in the opener of the preseason Freeway Series, and neither gave an inch.

Ryu retired all 12 batters he faced in his final spring training start, combining with six relievers on a two-hitter, and the Dodgers beat the Angels 3-0 in the first of three straight exhibition games between the teams leading up to opening day.

Ryu, a 25-year-old left-hander from South Korea, agreed to a $36 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers after they bid $25.7 million to win exclusive rights to negotiate with him. He will become the first player to go directly from the Korean league to the major leagues when he makes his big league debut next week against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

"He's very poised, very confident, and obviously he's got good stuff," Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. "Each outing seems to be sharper and sharper, which is what you want going into the season. His last three or four outings can't be much sharper than what it's been. His fastball command has been there, and the velocity is starting to creep up with it, so it's a good combination. His breaking stuff is definitely improving, and the changeup is also there, so that's got to be in the back of your mind, too."

Ryu was 2-2 during the exhibition schedule with a 3.29 ERA in six starts and one relief appearance. Last Saturday, he held the Chicago White Sox to one hit over seven innings in a 10-4 victory while retiring 17 of his last 18 batters.

"He's kind of been as advertised to this point," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's been pretty good and he's had a really nice spring. He pitches quick and does everything you want him to do. So as we keep moving forward, I think everybody's pretty confident this guy knows what he's doing and he's ready to go."

The Angels didn't get their first baserunner until Alberto Callaspo greeted Matt Guerrier with a single leading off the sixth. Callaspo was stranded at second after winning pitcher Ronald Belisario retired Erick Aybar on a grounder.

The Angels' only other hit was a two-out single in the eighth by J.B. Shuck against Kenley Jansen. Brandon League pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

Blanton scattered five hits over six scoreless innings and struck out four against his ex-teammates. The right-hander, who signed a $15 million, two-year deal with the Angels as a free agent, was 2-4 with a 4.99 ERA in 10 starts for the Dodgers last season after they acquired him in a trade from Philadelphia on Aug. 3.

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