Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier left Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox after he was hit on his right elbow by a pitch. Ethier fell to the dirt in pain after he was plunked by rookie Carlos Rodon in the third. He was replaced by Chris Heisey, who homered in the fifth. Ethier and rookie Joc Pederson are competing for a starting job in the outfield.

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The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million barrier for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record. ”We’re enjoying a tremendously bountiful season in baseball,” said Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner with the New York Mets. ”MLB’s revenues have grown in recent years, with the increase in national and local broadcast rights fees being a primary contributor,” said Dan Halem, MLB’s chief legal officer.

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A quick pitch by Kevin Slowey sparked benches to empty in a rare testy spring training game. Both teams rushed onto the field before the bottom of the fifth inning of the Pittsburgh’s 18-4 rout of Philadelphia on Monday when Phillies first base coach Juan Samuel and Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield began yelling at each other. In a year when baseball is implementing new rules to speed the pace of games, the disagreement stemmed from when Slowey threw a quick pitch to Sean Rodriguez in the fourth inning. As players ran onto the field during the altercation, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli wrestled Rodriguez away from the scrum.

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Brett Anderson gave up four hits in six scoreless innings, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Monday. Los Angeles turned several sharp defensive plays behind Anderson, who lowered his ERA to 2.13. ”So far, it’s been tremendous,” Anderson said of the Dodgers’ fielders. ”They’ve made all the plays.” Los Angeles hopes the additions of Jimmy Rollins at shortstop and Howie Kendrick at second help its pitching staff.

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Joe Mauer isn’t known for his pull-side power, but that could change this season. The three-time AL batting champion connected for his first home run of the spring and the Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Saturday. He has spent extra time working off a tee with hitting coach Tom Brunansky, often focusing on getting the lefty-hitting Mauer to pull the ball hard to right. Brunansky, in fact, called Mauer’s homer before he walked to the plate to face Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Cain went four innings, Buster Posey and Angel Pagan each had two hits and drove in two runs and the San Francisco Giants beat a Los Angeles Dodgers split-squad 11-9 on Sunday.

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Daniel Hudson looked strong in a short outing, showing both sides of the argument on whether he should start or relieve for the Arizona Diamondbacks in their 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies in a split-squad game Sunday. The Diamondbacks have a soft 85-pitch limit for Hudson as he returns from a second elbow ligament-replacement surgery. Manager Chip Hale has said they’ll make a decision this week on whether to make Hudson a starter or reliever. I just think he needs some time to pitch,” catcher Gerald Laird said.

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Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff double in Los Angeles’ five-run third inning, and a split-squad of Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 10-5 in spring training on Sunday. Rollins scored on Chris Heisey’s two-run single in the third against Nick Tepesch, and Adrian Gonzalez had a two-run double. The Dodgers also got a two-run homer from Buck Britton in the fourth. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Nick Martinez will be the No. 5 starter.

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Mike Trout hit his fourth spring homer for the Los Angeles Angels while rookie Joc Pederson hit his fifth home run that helped the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 win Saturday. Erick Aybar hit his first spring homer, connecting against Dodgers starter David Huff. Pederson and Alex Guerrero homered off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. ”As the game went on, he got better,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

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