The Dodgers are 0-2 against NL West teams this spring, averaging one run scored per game. Against the rest (really, against the White Sox), they're 1-1 and averaging six runs scored per game. So maybe today, the Dodgers can pretend they're playing someone other than the Diamondbacks, despite the fact they're in Arizona?
Or perhaps they'll notice something is different when they look over at the man calling the shots today:
Don Mattingly will make his managerial debut with the Dodgers as regular skipper Joe Torre leaves Arizona with the Taiwan contingent. Mattingly's men will host the D-backs at Camelback Ranch and the pro-tem manager will give the ball to right-handed starter Vicente Padilla, who will try to build upon the successful spring debut of five days ago, when he threw two shutout innings against the White Sox. Padilla will be followed by righties Ramon Ortiz, Eric Gagne, Jeff Weaver and Justin Miller. Righty Dan Haren gets the start for the D-backs.
Just to be provocative, I'm going to say that Gagne has a good outing today.