If there’s anything to take away from the Dodgers’ 7-5 exhibition loss Thursday night to the Angels is that Hanley Ramirez and Zack Greinke appear to be ready for action.
Ramirez showed off his impressive power in the third inning by smacking a home run over the right field wall. He followed it up with one of the hardest balls I’ve ever seen him hit in the fifth inning. Seriously, it landed near the top of the left field pavilion. It traveled 465 feet. As long as he plays, oh, 135-plus games, he could very well walk away with the National League MVP.
Greinke displayed some good control (6 IP, 0 BB), consistent velocity and the ability to use and locate all his pitches in his final preseason tune-up for the 2014 season. Greinke will start Tuesday’s game in San Diego.
Adrian Gonzalez left the game in the third inning after being hit by a pitch on his right elbow. He said he’s OK.
Sunday’s starter is still undetermined, but it could be Hyun-Jin Ryu if Friday’s bullpen session goes well. If it doesn’t, expect Dan Haren to get the call in the stateside opener against the Padres.
Stephen Fife will start Friday’s leg of the Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium.