Matt Magill had never pitched in a spring training game before Saturday, but you wouldn't have known that by the results. He and non-roster invitee Mark Lowe were the only two pitchers who weren't charged with a run in the Dodgers' 9-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Magill entered the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He quickly surrendered an infield single when shortstop Dee Gordon couldn't pick a hard grounder off his backhand and a run scored. Magill then struck out the next three batters he faced and induced a flyball to end the eighth inning - the only 1-2-3 inning defensively for the Dodgers. That doesn't mean much in spring training, but it was a good sign Magill was calm. For the 23-year-old from Simi Valley, that was one of two keys. "Just go out and work on my fastball command," he said, "and work on not getting too hyped up for the first big-league experience." Magill was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster in November. The right-hander earned the promotion with a stellar season at Double-A Chattanooga, where batters hit only .232 against him and struck out 168 times in 146 1/3 innings.
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L.A. Daily News | Feb 24