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White Sox fall to Dodgers in Cactus League opener

White Sox manager Rick Renteria shakes hands with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts before a spring training baseball game Saturday in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Dodgers 5, White Sox 3

The Rick Renteria era begins

The annual Cactus League lid lifter between the Camelback Ranch co-inhabitants went to the Dodgers, who scored three in the third against Chris Beck and got a homer by Brett Eibner against Giovanni Soto in the sixth. Giovanni Soto just missed throwing to starting catcher Geovany Soto by one inning.

A good start for Fulmer

First-round right-hander Carson Fulmer, picking up where he left off after a strong finish at AAA Charlotte in 2016, started and pitched two scoreless innings. Fulmer walked one, allowed a single and struck out Franklin Gutierrez, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig.

“That second inning, I felt really really good,’’ Fulmer said. “I felt comfortable. I felt right where I left off last year. I got the first one under my belt, and I feel like it’s going to be a very positive spring training.’’

Fulmer commanded his two-seam and four-seam fastballs, threw his cutter for strikes and used the changeup. He wasn’t able to get a good grip on his curve, he said.

<em>Carson Fulmer throws during the first inning. (AP)</em>
Carson Fulmer throws during the first inning. (AP)

Good for the kids

Catcher Zack Collins, drafted 10th overall last June, caught the last four innings and went 1-for-2 at the plate with a single. Top prospect Yoan Moncada played four innings at second base and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

“I’m the new guy, it’s my first year, it’s the first game played and I get to play,’’ Collins said. “It was definitely an honor.’’

On deck

Rockies at Sox, Glendale, 2:05, 890-AM, whitesox.com. German Marquez vs. Jose Quintana. Miguel Gonzalez, Dylan Covey, Zack Burdi, Nate Jones, David Robertson also scheduled.