When Hyun-Jin Ryu arrived in Glendale, Ariz., for spring training, he made a big impression. He was too large, panting and unable to finish fitness drills. Then again, the Dodgers didn't sign him for $36 million to run the final leg of the 3,200-meter relay at the Coliseum.

The Korean sensation was brought to Chavez Ravine to pitch, and on a cool Tuesday evening, he put on a breathtaking display, striking out 12 in the Dodgers' 6-2 win over the Rockies.

It was the most strikeouts by a Dodgers rookie since Hideo Nomo had 13 on Aug. 20, 1995 against the Mets.

A paid crowd of 47,602, drawn to Dodger Stadium to watch Ryu and collect Hanley Ramirez "I See You" bobbleheads, roared in approval as Ryu mesmerized the Rockies with a good fastball and a diabolical changeup.

Turning point. When Jorge De La Rosa took the mound. The Dodgers own the left-hander, whose string of four consecutive starts ended abruptly in the first inning. The first three batters reached, leading to a pair of runs. De La Rosa allowed two runs in each of the first three innings. That it came against the Dodgers was no surprise. De La Rosa is 0-8 with a 6.75 ERA against L.A. He has yet to pitch in a game against the Dodgers that his team has won (0-14).

On the mound. Just call him PSY Young. Ryu was so good he upstaged fellow countrymen, pop star PSY. PSY, famous in the States for his "Gangham Style" song and horse-gallop dance, came to Dodger Stadium to watch Ryu. Of course, because this is Hollywood, PSY danced to one of his songs on the Jumbo-Tron, gyrating near the Dodgers' dugout and giving the "I See You Eyes" to Ramirez.

Edgmer Escalona and Matt Belisle kept the Dodgers from running away and hiding, posting three scoreless innings.