No Ohtani? No Problem As Dodgers Drub Padres In Spring Opener

 The Los Angeles Dodgers looked every bit as dominant as their astronomical payroll would suggest fifteen minutes into the inaugural 2024 spring training game. 

 Before even stepping foot on the field to play defense, they had an 8-0 lead over the San Diego Padres. 

 The Dodgers triumphed 14-1 without several of their best players. 

 The Dodgers' 'Billionaire Brothers' Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, whose contracts total $1.025 billion, stayed at their Glendale training facility 11.4 miles away. 

 Freddie Freeman, Will Smith, Clayton Kershaw, and other veterans did too. 

 After drawing a walk, Mookie Betts scored the game's first run in front of 8,677 at Peoria Stadium.  

 A two-run ground-rule double by Teoscar Hernandez, another expensive addition, did it.  

 Due to his 5-foot-8, 165-pound frame, Matsui's 94-mph fastball appeared faster. 

 He adds trickery by snapping his head forward after throwing the ball. 

 It resulted to an excellent outing that showed why he had 236 saves in nine seasons in Japan, allowing only 467 hits in 704 innings pitched and striking out 941. 

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