Friday, April 10, 2015

D-backs, Dodgers look to settle old score

The heated rivalry between the Dodgers and D-backs resumes in only the second series of the season, although the teams already stirred it up in Spring Training, when four D-backs were ejected in one game.
The opener Friday night is a matchup of Andersons: Brett Anderson, making his regular-season Dodgers debut, against Chase, who was 1-1 against the Dodgers last year.
On March 30, managers Chip Hale of Arizona and Don Mattingly of Los Angeles had a lengthy chat to clear the air from the March 23 game in which Dodgers infielder Justin Turner was hit by pitches twice. After umpire warnings, Arizona pitchers Allen Webster and Derek Eitel, plus Hale and acting manager Glenn Sherlock were ejected.
Things to watch for:
• Dodgers' eyes will be on the radar gun, as Brett Anderson's velocity was off in his last spring start, although he said his surgically repaired back is fine.
• The D-backs have lost five straight and seven of their last eight to the Dodgers.
• Current Dodgers have nine lifetime hits off Chase Anderson, five of them homers (Yasmani Grandal two; Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig one each).

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