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Strong bond continues between Jon Wilhite and Angels after tragedy — Tempe Diablo Stadium is the oldest ballpark in the Cactus League. The new parks feature fancy barriers that keep fans and players apart. In Tempe, an ordinary portable fence, about waist high, divides a parking lot and is all that separates the fans in the Mike Trout jerseys from Trout himself.

Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu out for opening day, so who'll step in? — With the injured left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu ruled out for opening day, would the Dodgers look to trade for another starting pitcher? Yes, if they can add an arm for the back of their rotation. No, Cole Hamels is not walking through that door.

Puig, Hernandez homer in Dodgers' 4-2 exhibition loss to Cleveland — AT THE PLATE: Outfielder Yasiel Puig had his bat flip in midseason form, flashing it after hitting a long home run off American League Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. Utilityman Enrique Hernandez homered off Kluber too, for Hernandez his third home run in three days.

Injured Hyun-jin Ryu sent back to L.A., ruled out for opening day — The Dodgers sent injured left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu back to Los Angeles for medical evaluation Sunday, after he reported renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Ryu will not be ready for opening day. Ryu felt shoulder tightness Wednesday. After an anti-inflammatory injection, Mattingly said Ryu was "feeling 100% almost instantly."

Spring training: Colorado 6, Dodgers 4; Dodgers 11, Texas 3 — DODGERS 11, TEXAS 3 AT THE PLATE: Adrian Gonzalez hit two of the Dodgers' five home runs against the Rangers. The Dodgers hit 10 home runs in two games in San Antonio; they have 20 home runs in 18 games in Arizona. Juan Uribe had three hits and Howie Kendrick two against the Rockies.

Juan Uribe's future with Dodgers after this season is uncertain — Juan Uribe is the Dodgers' starter at third base this season, no matter how he performs this spring. Beyond that, who knows? Uribe again? Unlikely. Hector Olivera? Corey Seager? Alex Guerrero? Uribe's contract expires at the end of this season. So do the contracts of second baseman Howie Kendrick and shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw gets two teeth fixed — Although Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers had a good laugh about the line drive that toppled their ace on Friday afternoon, Kershaw paid the price Friday night. He spent the evening at the dentist. Kershaw said after Friday's game that the only damage was the loss of "a chunk" of a tooth that was recovered.

Dodgers split split-squad games — DODGERS 11, RANGERS 6 (split squad) AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers scored eight runs in the first inning against Texas at the Alamodome, where the right-field foul pole was 275 feet from home plate.

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw hit in face by line drive, stays in game — Clayton Kershaw escaped serious injury Friday after being hit in the face by a batted ball. Kershaw, the Dodgers' ace and the reigning National League most valuable player, turned his body and threw up his glove in an attempt to avoid a line drive hit by Oakland Athletics infielder Andy Parrino.

Dodgers' Hyun-jin Ryu has shoulder injury, could open season on DL — The Dodgers could open the season without Hyun-jin Ryu after they shut down the left-hander because of tightness in his left shoulder. Ryu received an anti-inflammatory injection but said he did not get an MRI examination. He sat out three weeks last season because of inflammation in his left shoulder but said the discomfort this time is less severe.
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