Rollins' RBI triple helps Dodgers top visiting D-backs

Shortstop's spring average up to .316; righty Anderson goes 3 innings

Rollins' RBI triple helps Dodgers top visiting D-backs

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona's Yasmany Tomas slugged a three-run home run, but the Dodgers rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-4 win on Monday in a game that saw the ejections of four D-backs.

After Mark Trumbo of Arizona and Justin Turner of the Dodgers were hit by pitches in the first inning, plate umpire Tom Woodring issued warnings to both benches. When former Dodgers farmhand Allen Webster hit Turner with a pitch leading off the fifth inning, Woodring ejected Webster and manager Chip Hale.

Turner's second hit-by-pitch

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Arizona pitcher Derek Eitel hit Dillon Moyer with a pitch and Woodring ejected Eitel and acting manager Glenn Sherlock.


Tomas goes yard for second time: Tomas hit his second homer of the spring when he hit an 0-1 pitch from Chin-Hui Tsao over the wall in right-center for a three-run homer. Tomas' first homer came against the A's on March 10 and was to straightaway right.

Tomas' three-run blast

A couple of things have led to Tomas' improvement at the plate. First, the team looked back at video of him when he was in Cuba and encouraged him to get back to the leg kick he used then, and he also was asked for his input.

"He realizes that he has to have some control in his career, too," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He can't just do everything we're trying to get him to do. He has to have some input in it. We've been listening to him also."

Said Tomas, "I feel a lot better now, I have confidence in myself now."

Rollins for three: Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins raised his spring average to .316 with an RBI triple, his second three-bagger of the Cactus League season. Rollins also scored a run as part of his 1-for-3 day.

Hudson notches three: The D-backs continue to build up Daniel Hudson's pitch and innings count as he tossed three frames for the first time this spring. The team has not decided yet whether it will use Hudson in the rotation or bullpen.

Balanced attack: While building a 4-1 lead, the Dodgers had RBIs from four players and runs scored by four players. Kiké Hernandez led the attack with two hits, one RBI and one run. After opening the spring 0-for-13, he is 11-for-27.

Hernandez's RBI single

Back-field reportBrandon McCarthy threw five scoreless innings in a Minor League game. Taking his place in the Major League game was Chris Anderson, who allowed one run in three innings. Relievers Chris Hatcher and Joel Peralta pitched an inning each in a Minor League game, pitching on back-to-back days for the first time this spring.


"I have the same injury as [Clayton] Kershaw, and I want the same rehab as Kershaw. And the same fastball." -- Dodgers non-roster lefty Erik Bedard, who will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a strained back


• A year ago Monday, the D-backs and Dodgers wrapped up the second game of a two-game season-opening series in Sydney, Australia.


After a scheduled day off on Tuesday, when Brett Anderson will throw in a Minor League game, the Dodgers have a bullpen game planned for Wednesday, when they host the San Diego Padres, live on MLB.TV at 1:05 p.m. PT. Among the relievers listed to pitch are Paco Rodriguez, J.P. Howell, Juan Nicasio, Yimi Garcia, Joel Peralta and Dustin McGowan. Carl Crawford will skip the Major League game and get unlimited at-bats in a Minor League game.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.