TEMPE, Ariz. -- Manny Ramirez's first game back after a hamstring injury went just fine.
Ramirez was the designated hitter in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 10-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts."I only hit [the ball] once but it was good," said Ramirez, playing in his third spring game. "The main thing is I'm trying to get my leg healthy. It was pretty good for the first time in a while."Ramirez missed six spring games after he aggravated his sore left hamstring chasing down a double to left against the Colorado Rockies on March 15. He said he will be the DH again on Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners."We'll take it step by step," said Ramirez, who said he was running 60 to 70 percent during the game and in pregame drills. "We don't want to rush it."Ramirez agreed to a $45 million, two-year contract on March 4 and played in his first game nine days later, singling and walking twice as a designated hitter.Chad Billingsley threw two innings for the Dodgers before leaving with a slightly strained groin. Billingsley allowed four runs and four hits, walked three and struck out two."I came in and told [pitching coach Rick Honeycutt] I wanted to go back out there, but they said no risk," said Billingsley, who was 16-10 with a 3.14 ERA last season. "There was no reason to take a risk."Dustin Moseley, a strong candidate for one of two open spots in the Angels' rotation, allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits over six innings in his fifth spring start. He is 3-0 with a 3.15 ERA."All spring he's been consistent," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's taking a step forward in setting himself up for our rotation."Erick Aybar, Jeff Mathis and Robb Quinlan homered for the Angels, who also got some encouraging news Monday about Kelvim Escobar.Escobar threw 1 1/3 innings in a minor league game in his first spring outing. The right-hander won 18 games in 2007 but missed last season after he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder."Kelvim, his velocity was terrific," Scioscia said.Scioscia said Escobar would get at least three days off before pitching again in a minor league game.