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Dodgers top Yanks in Exhibition Contest

Mar. 14, 1963 - Although the bell won't ring until April 9, the Dodger pitching rotation already is beginning to take some semblance of form. To the thunderous accompaniment of Tommy Davis's bat, Sandy Koufax, Bob Miller, and Ron Perranoski spiked the Yankees' big guns today when the Dodgers racked up their third straight exhibition victory, 5-2, before a near-capacity turnout of 5,964 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Miller, a 24-year-old right-hander formerly of the Cardinals and the Mets, appears to have an edge over Larry Sherry in the battle for the fourth spot in the starting rotation. Miller did give up one of New York's runs in the sixth when Mickey Mantle, Elston Howard, and Joe Pepitone bunched singles, but his overall spring record is superior to Sherry's. In besting White Ford, Koufax became the first L.A. pitcher to work five innings. Sandy was a bit on the wild side, walking three, but he fanned the same number and limited the Bronx Bombers to one run on three hits. The run was unearned, the result of Tommy Davis's throwing error. The Yanks, who've scored only 4 runs in exhibition baseball, were doomed to their fifth loss in six starts when the Dodgers jumped on Ford for three tallies in the first inning. Singles by Maury Wills, Peewee Oliver, Frank Howard, and Willie Davis had Whitey on the ropes. Ford's old pal, Bill Skowron, scored Wills with an infield bouncer. Wills had three singles today.

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