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Travis Wood will pitch the second game on April 2 while Edwin Jackson will pitch third.

Samardzija started opening day last year.

“Jeff has done it before,” Renteria said. “He put in a very strong year (in 2013), as Woodie did. The decision was quite easy for all of us.”

The fourth and fifth starters have yet to be determined, Renteria said.


Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig went 0 for 4 to lower his spring average to .152. He also made a throwing error, his second error of the spring.

“He’s just got to be patient, get good pitches to hit,” Mattingly said. “Yasiel is a confident kid. This is a totally different spring for him. He kind of established himself (last year).

“At this point, I’m not concerned with Yasiel,” Mattingly said. “He continues to work. As long as that’s happening, I’m not going to worry about Yasiel.”


Justin Turner looked sharp defensively at third base for the Dodgers. Though he went 0 for 3, he is hitting a solid .296 in a bid to land a spot as a reserve.

“Defensively, we’re really comfortable” with Turner, Mattingly said. “He’s had a good spring with the bat.

“That’s kind of what you’re looking for from that guy off the bench. You want to trust him on defense,” Mattingly said, “a guy who will give you good at bats and not give you really any trouble, a guy who’s going to be a good teammate.”


Cubs: Shortstop Starlin Castro, struggling with a hamstring injury, has said he is running at about 40 percent of his capacity. The Cubs hope he is back in a week or so, but Renteria said, “I don’t have a set date in my head” for his return.

“He’s progressing well. I think for any of us our biggest concern is to make sure he’s ready for the season,” Renteria said.

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