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Spring Training / Highlights : Welch Starts Out With a Rush as Dodgers Beat Braves, 3-2

March 16, 1985|From Times Wire Services

Pitcher Bob Welch's first start of the exhibition season was a busy one Friday. He singled home a run, committed a throwing error and was credited with a victory as the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, at West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Dodgers got two unearned runs in the second inning after an error by Brave shortstop Rafael Ramirez. There were two on and two out when Ramirez misplayed Terry Whitfield's grounder, allowing Pedro Guerrero to score. Welch then hit his run-scoring single to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

They made it 3-0 in the third on a single by Ken Landreaux, who moved to second on right fielder Claudell Washington's error and scored on Al Oliver's single.

The Braves closed within 3-2 in their half of the third inning. A single by pitcher Zane Smith, a walk to Washington and Welch's wild pickoff attempt moved runners to second and third. Ramirez got a run home with a sacrifice fly, and Brad Komminsk's single scored the other.

Eric Davis had two singles, a double, a triple and a homer to key a 19-hit attack as the Cincinnati Reds pounded out a 13-10 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Clearwater, Fla.

Davis led off the game with a homer to left and also smashed a triple off the center-field wall later in the inning. He had three RBIs and concluded the day with a double in the ninth that gave him the cycle.

Milwaukee Brewer shortstop Robin Yount says his right shoulder still hasn't healed completely and he may need additional surgery after the 1985 season.

"It's not coming around very quickly," Yount said. "There are times when I'm definitely impatient. But I have to look on the positive side, and that's I still have three weeks left to get there."

Yount, 29, underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder last November with hopes that he'd be completely healed by the start of spring training.

San Diego Padre doctors can find no evidence of a broken bone in Carmelo Martinez's wrist, but the outfielder is all too aware that there's a problem.

"I try not to think about it," Martinez said. "The pain comes and goes, really. Some days, I hit, no pain. Some days, lots of pain. Some days, just a twinge."

The injury came when Martinez was hit on the wrist by a pitch while playing winter ball in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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