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Los Angeles 4, Detroit 2

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Rafael Furcal had back spasms Tuesday
while running the bases during the first inning of the Los Angeles
Dodgers' 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

The spasms began while he was returning to first on a pickoff
attempt by pitcher Jason Grilli. Furcal stayed in the game and
advanced to third on a double by J.D. Drew.

Trainer Stan Johnston attended Furcal there, and Furcal then
scored on a wild pitch. He left the game at the end of the inning,
went to the clubhouse for treatment and spent three hours in the
trainer's room.

"When the pitcher came back (to first), I twisted it a little
bit turning to get back," Furcal said. "There's still a little
pain and I'm a little sore. But I think I'll get better. I'll be
ready for opening day."

Dodgers manager Grady Little expected to give Furcal at least
Wednesday off.

Closer Eric Gagne threw one inning for the Dodgers and gave up a
solo home run to Vance Wilson. He retired the other three hitters
he faced, striking out two.

Gagne is to throw again Wednesday against Washington, the first
time this year he will appear in games on consecutive days.

Jae Seo started his second game of spring training for Los
Angeles and looked markedly better than his first outing, when he
allowed three runs and eight hits in four innings. The No. 5
starter gave up one run and three hits in six innings Tuesday,
striking out six.

Four Dodgers pitchers limited Detroit to five hits while
combining for 11 strikeouts.

Drew and Ramon Martinez provided the offense for the Dodgers
with home runs. Drew's third of spring training reached the second
story of the team's clubhouse building in right-center field. He
went 3-for-3, raising his average to .314.

For the Tigers, Grilli went four innings, giving up three runs
and four hits, striking out four.

Wilson homered off Seo, another solo shot.

Earlier in the day, the Dodgers optioned top prospect Joel
Guzman to their minor league camp. Guzman, 21, has spent the spring
converting from an infielder to an outfielder, hitting .296 with
two homers and seven RBI.

Game notes
Los Angeles C Dioner Navarro is expected to play five
innings against Washington on Wednesday. He returned to action
Monday as DH in a minor league game and went 5-for-8. He is
recovering from a strained right hamstring. ... Dodgers INF Willy
Aybar was also optioned to the minor league camp. ... There are
still 32 players in Dodgers camp, including 13 pitchers. ...
Pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo was selected outstanding rookie of spring
training.