Dodgers thump Rangers as Kershaw cruises

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Kershaw was sharp for six scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out 11. He threw 71 pitches and lowered his spring ERA to 2.14.

“Better, definitely,” Kershaw said. “Fastball command wasn’t quite as good as I need it for the season, I thought. I fell behind a lot of guys, just long at-bats that gets your pitch count up there and makes it hard to go seven or eight innings.”

Kershaw strikeout reel

Utley, playing first base, went 3-for-4 and is now hitting .405 for the spring. Third baseman Logan Forsythe was 2-for-4 and is hitting .424. Shortstop Charlie Culberson was 2-for-3 with a walk at the bottom of the Dodgers’ order.

Rob Segedin, who replaced Forsythe in the bottom of the seventh, connected on his third home run of the spring.

In the bottom of the ninth, Rangers outfield prospect Drew Robinson hit a two-run homer to put Texas on the scoreboard. It was his fourth home run of Cactus League play.

Dodgers: To line up the expected starters for the opening of the regular season, Trevor Oaks gets the ball on Friday against Arizona in a 1:05 p.m. PT start at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) likely to return to the lineup.

Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez starts against the Mariners at 3:05 p.m. CT Friday in Surprise. This will be Perez’s first outing since returning from pitching for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. The game can be heard free via an exclusive webcast.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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