GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While Clayton Kershaw was fanning seven in three innings and Luis Cruz was homering coming off food poisoning, several Dodgers who are flying under the radar are making people take notice.
Alfredo Amezaga, a non-roster utility man apparently healthy after years of knee injuries, went 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs coming off a three-hit game and is batting .455. Amezaga, who won the batting title in the Mexican Winter League, is the starting center fielder on Team Mexico for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Elian Herrera, who filled in well last year when Mark Ellis was injured, had a two-run single Thursday and is 4-for-10. Brian Barden, another non-roster utility man, went 1-for-2 and his average dropped to .667 (6-for-9).
Starting infielders Cruz and Ellis had two RBIs each. Cruz, who said the bad fish his family ate also made his mother-in-law sick, said he felt better Thursday than he thought he would after needing intravenous fluids for dehydration Wednesday.
Also off to a fast start this spring is reliever Josh Wall, who added a scoreless inning and now has four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Kershaw puts Dodgers first; Lilly back in action
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw said he wanted to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but skipped it because of last year's hip impingement.
"I was definitely tempted," Kershaw said after striking out seven and allowing three runs (two earned) in three innings against the Angels on Thursday. "It would be a huge honor, and I would have loved to. But I think I owed it to the team to show I was healthy, even though I had those two starts at the end last year. I know they didn't feel great about me going. I hope I can go in four years. I definitely will have regrets watching it."
Kershaw skipped a start in mid-September because of the hip discomfort, but bounced back to make three more starts, allowing only two earned runs in 21 innings. Included was a five-hit shutout for eight innings against Colorado and a three-hitter for eight innings against the Giants.
Meanwhile, fellow lefty Ted Lilly made his first appearance since last year's shoulder surgery and allowed a solo home run to Howie Kendrick in two innings.
"I was better than I thought I would be," said Lilly. "Just to be able to command my fastball. I felt pretty good with the breaking ball, and the slider was OK. I feel better than last year, but the offseason it took awhile. It was almost a month before Spring Training when I thought I'd be ready. Before that, I had serious doubts about being ready for spring. My shoulder took awhile to rebound, but I'm at the point now where I don't feel I'm coming off surgery."
Lilly is in a dogfight for a role if everybody is healthy, as the Dodgers have eight starters for five positions. Because of the time it takes for Lilly to warm up, manager Don Mattingly said he's not a likely candidate for a bullpen role.
Lilly reiterated that he wants to start, but he wants to "win a world championship with the Dodgers" more.
Sellers, Gwynn nursing minor ailments
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Injured Dodgers Justin Sellers and Tony Gwynn missed another day of workouts Thursday with minor ailments.
Sellers had an ingrown toenail removed. He was in so much pain in the morning he couldn't put his shoes on, but by noon he said the pain was subsiding and he expected to be back on the field Friday.
Gwynn, nursing a sore groin muscle after a busy day running the bases Monday, said he expects to resume action on the field Friday as well.
New HD video screens coming to Dodger Stadium
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While the Dodgers continue spring preparations for the team on the field, construction continues on renovations at Dodger Stadium, most notably the twin video screens that have been installed above the right- and left-field pavilions.
The Dodgers have partnered with ANC Sports Enterprises on the first 10mm 1080p high-definition LED displays in the Major Leagues. Featuring physical pixels which are closer together than any other large display in MLB and driven by a 1080p high-definition feed, the Dodger Stadium video screens will feature some of the clearest images around the league.
"ANC's technologies, integration capabilities and game day services will help to keep our fans entertained and informed, while providing them a most memorable experience at every game at Dodger Stadium," said Lon Rosen, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Dodgers. "Integrating high-definition video screens into the original hexagonal scoreboard shape will not only provide some of the most impressive visuals in sports, but also retain our classic ballpark feel."
The video screens are the focal point of what the club promises to be a more entertaining fan experience, along with numerous upgrades throughout the stadium, including state-of-the-art wireless accessibility.
The new video screens, designed in the familiar hexagonal shape of the stadium's original scoreboards, measure more than 77 feet wide and vary in height from 24 to 38 feet. Each screen contains more than 2.3 million pixels to maximize clarity.
"We are looking forward to working with the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, to introduce a new enhanced game day baseball experience," said Jerry Cifarelli, president and chief executive officer of ANC Sports. "ANC's video displays, advanced operating system and proprietary scoring platform will provide Dodgers fans with an unprecedented visual presentation complete with the most in-depth statistical analysis available."
Each screen will have a six-foot-high video strip beneath it for additional messages, and there will be two outfield video wall displays, each six feet high and 61 feet wide. An LED ribbon will replace the one that currently extends 1,121 feet along the Club Level fascia.
Iraq War veteran tries out for Dodgers
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- More than 80 players took part in the Dodgers' open tryout Thursday.
One was Iraq War veteran Daniel "Doc" Jacobs, who lost his left leg below the knee and suffered serious hand and foot injuries when an IED exploded beneath him in 2006. Jacobs has had more than 50 surgeries, but has returned to his naval infantry and for one day was able to try out for the Dodgers.
Jacobs also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Dodgers did not announce any signings.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.