St. Louis 4, Los Angeles 2

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jae Seo made his debut with the Los
Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, allowing three runs and eight hits in
five innings during a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Seo was the top starter for South Korea in the World Baseball
Classic, going 2-0 with an 0.64 ERA in 14 innings. He worked five
scoreless innings in his team's 6-0 loss to Japan in the semifinals
last Saturday in San Diego.

"I was definitely not satisfied with my performance," Seo
said. "I think the jet lag from the World Baseball Classic is
still affecting me."

The Dodgers acquired the 28-year-old right-hander from the New
York Mets in January along with left-handed reliever Tim Hamulack
for right-handed relievers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll.

Seo is expected to be the Dodgers' No. 5 starter, behind Derek
Lowe, Brad Penny, Odalis Perez and Brett Tomko. Manager Grady
Little said Thursday's outing will not change the team's plan.

"He's had better performances, but it was his first outing with
us," Little said. "After the first couple of innings, he got in
his comfort zone, and we've liked what we've seen."

The Dodgers won't need a fifth starter the first time through
the rotation, so Seo will pitch out of the bullpen to begin the

After giving up three runs in the first two innings, he settled
into a groove, allowing three hits and striking out two over his
final three innings against St. Louis.

"I definitely didn't make the adjustment (early) of going from
facing Asian hitters (in the WBC) to facing major league players,"
Seo said. "I want to make that adjustment before my next outing."

He said he felt he was where he needed to be strength-wise
heading into the final week of spring training.

Jeff Suppan worked six innings for St. Louis, allowing four hits
and two runs with two strikeouts. Jim Edmonds had two hits and an
RBI and Suppan, David Eckstein and Gary Bennett each drove in a run
for the Cardinals.

Rafael Furcal went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Dodgers.

Game notes
The Cardinals returned right-hander Juan Mateo, a Rule 5
draft pick, to the Chicago Cubs. ... The Dodgers optioned
outfielder Andre Ethier to Triple-A Las Vegas and reassigned
right-hander Takashi Saito to their minor league camp. Saito is
also expected to start the season with Las Vegas, pitching out of
the bullpen. ... Outfielder Cody Ross was hit by a pitch Wednesday
in the Dodgers' game against the New York Mets. Los Angeles was
concerned Ross broke his wrist, but the injury was diagnosed as a
deep bruise.