GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Freddy Garcia, in line to be the Chicago White Sox's fifth starter, gave up a run in his first two innings of the spring to lead the way in a 8-4 split-squad victory Saturday over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jered Mitchell, the White Sox's 2009 first-round draft pick, had a pair of RBI doubles and scored three runs. Juan Pierre started for the White Sox in left field against the team that traded him this offseason and had a hit in three at_bats with a stolen base.
``I got my feet wet a little bit but I still have a lot of work to do,' said Mitchell, who is projected for Double-A this season. ``Every day is a stepping stone and a chance to progress.'
Ozzie Guillen did not manage the game against the Dodgers, choosing to be with the split-squad club that faced the Cubs across town in Mesa.
``Freddy looked good early on,' said White Sox acting manager Chris Chambliss, who will head the club's Triple-A team. ``He spots his fastball real well and did a good job with that today.'
Dodgers starter Eric Stults, in competition for the Dodgers' final starting spot, gave up a walk in two scoreless innings. James McDonald, also vying to be the fifth starter, gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in two innings.
Veteran Russ Ortiz is a long shot for that spot, but fared well by giving up a hit in two scoreless innings.
``Stults was good and I thought he mixed his pitches well as did Russ Ortiz,' Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.
With a double and a single, Manny Ramirez had his second consecutive two-hit game for the Dodgers.
Former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, who is trying to win a job on a minor-league invite, struggled in his first appearance. The right-hander gave up two runs and three hits in one inning, entering the game to Guns 'N' Roses' ``Welcome to the Jungle,' just as he did during his heyday with the Dodgers.
``I heard it, but I didn't know it was coming. Those are good memories,' said Gagne who was pitching in independent baseball in Canada last season. ``I was nervous. It's been a while since I've pitched at that level. I was a little off mechanically.'
Notes: Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, who played five innings Friday, underwent an MRI on Saturday morning after experiencing soreness in an unspecified area near his hip/groin. ... Dodgers reliever Jeff Weaver, trying to earn a spot on the staff, gave up three runs and four hits in one inning. ... White Sox closer Bobby Jenks had a rough first outing, giving up two runs and two hits and two walks in an inning.
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