Abreu has 4 hits for White Sox; Heisey homers for Dodgers
Slugger doubles twice, drives in run as Rodon, Sox defeat host Dodgers
By Ken Gurnick and Scott Merkin
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Abreu had a pair of doubles and a pair of singles, and J.B. Shuck doubled and singled as the White Sox beat the Dodgers, 2-1, on Tuesday. Abreu doubled in one run, and Melky Cabrera brought home the other with a sacrifice fly.
"That's the plan, to come to Spring Training and start the season hot," said Abreu, through translator and White Sox Spanish language broadcaster Billy Russo. "Right now, I am very glad about what my results are, and I think I can keep the momentum into the season. I'm ready for the season. I am anxious and tired, because the sun is so hot here."
Chicago lefty Carlos Rodon lost a shutout on a home run by Chris Heisey leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. Rodon allowed only the one run over 5 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking two in his final spring start.
Dodgers starter Joe Wieland was charged with both runs on nine hits over five innings.
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Ethier hit: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier left the game in the second inning after being hit by a Rodon pitch on the right elbow. He was sent for X-rays and was replaced by Heisey. Ethier's X-rays came back negative, and he is day to day.
Puig. Again:Conor Gillaspie hasn't been watching postgame highlights of Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig's throwing arm, so Gillaspie was gunned down trying to go from first to third with two outs by another of the right fielder's powerful throws to end the top of the fourth inning.
Abreu looks ready: Four hits for Abreu raised his Cactus League average to .519. Abreu has four doubles, one triple and one homer among his 27 hits.
Aww, Shuck: After officially finding out he had made the White Sox Opening Day roster on Tuesday morning, Shuck knocked out two hits in his first two at-bats. He got caught stealing for the first time this spring in the first, but scored on Abreu's double in the third.
"He has some confidence in him. He's a tough kid. He learns from things, he's been a really good kid, asking questions and continuing to put stuff behind him." -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Micah Johnson, who should be the team's starting second baseman.
"The saying in our dugout is, hit it to Juan, you're out," -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on third baseman Juan Uribe.
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• The Dodgers set a Cactus League record for the organization in total home attendance (147,066) and per-game average (9,804).
White Sox: Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija makes his final Cactus League appearance at Camelback Ranch Wednesday in the Glendale portion of White Sox split-squad action. The game is scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. CT first pitch, with the game available to watch via an exclusive free whitesox.com webcast. Closer David Robertson also will work in Glendale, while Brad Penny, Scott Carroll and Arcenio Leon are set to pitch in Peoria against the Mariners also at 3:05.
Dodgers: It's getaway day for the Dodgers, although most of the lineup left Arizona on Tuesday, so Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw will have reserves playing behind him in an abbreviated start against the Royals at 12:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV. Meanwhile, Zack Greinke will pitch in a morning intrasquad game.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.