VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Weaver allowed two runs in seven
innings, and prospect Joel Guzman hit a home run in his first big
league game of the spring to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2
win over the Washington Nationals on Monday.
Guzman, the organization's 2004 minor league player of the year,
went 1-for-4 with an opposite-field, two-run homer to right in the
third inning. That put Los Angeles up 2-0, and J.D. Drew then
homered over the right-center field fence.
Guzman, who split time between Class A Vero Beach and Double-A
Jacksonville in 2004, will accompany the Dodgers when they head
west Friday for the final three exhibition games against the Los
Guzman started at first base before moving to his normal
position at shortstop in the middle of the game.
"This was only my second game at first," Guzman said. "I had
to borrow a glove from Olmedo (Saenz)."
Weaver gave up eight hits and struck out three.
"As far as I'm concerned, Weaver resembled the pitcher we got
last year that got on a roll of one quality start after another,"
Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
Wil Cordero hit a two-run double in the sixth for the Nationals.
Buddy Carlyle got the save for Los Angeles, pitching a perfect
ninth inning and striking out the final two batters looking.
Dodgers RHP Brad Penny will throw a three-inning simulated
game on Tuesday. He will not appear in an exhibition game before
the team leaves Florida. ... LHP Odalis Perez was named the starter
for the second game of the regular season for the Dodgers in San
Francisco. Scott Erickson will start the fifth game, in Arizona. A
Game 4 starter has not been named. ... LF Jayson Werth (broken left
wrist) took another 30 swings and hit off a batting tee. ...
Washington placed RHP Tony Armas Jr. on the 15-day disabled list
Monday with a right groin pull. He is expected to miss three to
four starts. ... The Nationals acquired minor league INF Carlos
Torres as the player to be named to complete the deal that sent INF
Alejandro Machado to Boston on Feb. 15.