GLENDALE, AZ Don't tell Carl Crawford he can't do somethingunless you like to be proven wrong.
Crawford made his first Spring Training appearance of the Cactus League season, going 0-3 in an 11-1 Dodgers' split squad win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch.
Afterwards, he said he thinks he'll prove his detractors mistaken and be in the lineup on Opening Day April 1 against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
"I really think so," he said after a quick workout following his stint as the Dodgers' designated hitter. "I played today and I didn't think I'd be playing (so soon). Hopefully we won't have any setbacks, and if everything goes well I should be in the lineup."
Don Mattingly also feels his new centerfielder has cleared the final hurdle to being able to open the season on time.
"Carl's fine," the Dodger manager said enthusiastically. "Really it's just about getting that ...