A.J. Ellis hit a grand slam against Jason Vargas for his first homer of the spring, Luis Cruz doubled home two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 9-8 Friday night in their next-to-last game of spring training.
Josh Beckett threw 80 pitches over four innings to get the win despite giving up seven runs on nine hits, including a three-run homer by Mike Trout and a two-run shot by Albert Callaspo.
Beckett is about to embark on his first full season with the Dodgers after coming over from Boston in a blockbuster nine-player trade on Aug. 25. He finished the spring 0-1 with a 10.12 ERA in five starts - including five home runs - and surrendered 14 earned runs in eight innings over his final two outings. His season debut will be Wednesday night against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
Paco Rodriguez got his second save of the exhibition season, facing one batter and throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Luis Jimenez with runners at second and thir...