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Athletics blow out Dodgers, 9-2, in spring game

Chad Billingsley gives up four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings, and Matt Kemp raises his batting average to .375 with a solo homer and a single.

March 11, 2011|By Jim Peltz

AT THE PLATE: Aaron Miles, competing for a backup infield spot, slugged a home run in the fifth inning — his second of the spring — and Matt Kemp added a solo homer of his own to account for the Dodgers' runs.

ON THE MOUND: Chad Billingsley was tagged for four earned runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings while also walking four and balking once. Blake Hawksworth didn't allow a hit or run in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

EXTRA BASES: Billingsley's cause wasn't helped by third baseman Ivan DeJesus' fielding error in the third inning that allowed two Athletics to score … Kemp also singled and is now batting .375 this spring; Miles is hitting .364.

UP NEXT: Ted Lilly starts one of the Dodgers' split-squad games against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on Saturday, while Tim Redding starts the other against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Both games start at noon PST.

ON THE AIR: TV: None; Radio: 790 (vs. Giants).

james.peltz@latimes.com

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