Dodgers 9, Marlins 1
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ The idea of adding a left-handed pitcher still appeals to Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire. But, for now, he says he has all but abandoned plans of acquiring one.
``As much as I’d like to have one, I like our people,″ Claire said Monday after the Dodgers’ minor leaguers won their fifth straight exhibition game without a loss, routing the Florida Marlins 9-1. ``I’m willing to go with what we have.″
There are five lefties on the Dodgers’ big league roster _ reliever-turned-starter Omar Daal; relievers Al Osuna and Ed Vosburg, and youngsters Jesus Martinez and Roberto Duran. Martinez is a younger brother of Dodger right-hander Ramon Martinez.
Free agent left-hander Tom Browning worked out at Dodgertown last week with Claire, Manager Tom Lasorda and pitching coach Dave Wallace looking on.
Two others, Randy Tomlin and Frank Viola, were supposed to come to camp, but Claire said he hasn’t heard back from their agents.
The Dodgers haven’t had a left-hander in their starting rotation since 1992, when Bob Ojeda was with the club.
During the winter, Daal scrapped his work as a reliever and became a starter, and with positive results, Claire said.
On the field, outfielder Johnfer ``Tito″ Landrum hit two home runs to lead a 12-hit Dodger attack against five Florida pitchers. Chris Butterfield added a pinch-homer for the Dodgers, who have hit nine home runs in their five games.
With two more hits on Monday, a double and a single, Dodger first baseman Jay Kirkpatrick is 13-for-22 this spring (.591).
Starter Jody Treadwell earned his second exhibition win, allowing one run _ a homer by Bill McMillion _ and three singles in four innings. Three relievers, David Pyc, Tom McCarthy and Mark Mimbs, blanked the Marlins on one hit over the final five innings.
Steve Fireovid a 36-year-old right-hander who pitched briefly in the majors with Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox, Seattle and Texas over a 16-year professional career, took the loss. He lasted only 2-3 of an inning, allowing six hits and five runs.
Dodgers president Peter O’Malley was scheduled to arrive in Dodgertown late Monday night, his first appearance in camp this spring.