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Dodgers 1, Padres 0: Will Ferrell has no effect on game

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest story of today's game was the reunion of Matt Vasgersian and Mark Grant, who clearly haven't missed a beat in their years apart. The second biggest story was that of newest Padres outfielder Will Ferrell. In an unorthodox move, the actor-turned-ballplayer had played for nine other teams at nine other positions before taking his station in right field for the Friars.

The game was a real rarity in spring training: A pitchers' duel. Both staffs held their opponents to two hits while striking out ten. Starter James Shields was responsible for half of the Friars' Ks, sitting down five Dodgers in three perfect innings. Matt Wisler followed up with two strong innings of his own, allowing only one hit, a sharp grounder to second by Carl Crawford that Jedd Gyorko was unable to field cleanly. Kevin Quackenbush, Nick Vincent, and Shawn Kelley combined for three scoreless innings of their own, and that's when Bud Black made his move.

Aiming to improve the defense in a close game, Buddy brought in new right fielder Will Ferrell. Earlier in the game, Ferrell retired Rico Noel on a bunt while pitching for the Dodgers. Sadly, he never got the chance to strut his stuff, as Jose Valverde issued a solo homerun to Joc Pederson, who crushed the ball way over Ferrell's head. Well, it was fun while it lasted.

We're back to regular baseball tomorrow as Tyson Ross takes on the Angels. You can hear the call online starting at 1:10 PM.

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