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VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP)—Jae Seo made his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, allowing three runs and eight hits in five innings during a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Seo was the top starter for South Korea in the World Baseball Classic, going 2-0 with an 0.64 ERA in 14 innings. He worked five scoreless innings in his team’s 6-0 loss to Japan in the semifinals last Saturday in San Diego.

“I was definitely not satisfied with my performance,” Seo said. “I think the jet lag from the World Baseball Classic is still affecting me.”

The Dodgers acquired the 28-year-old right-hander from the New York Mets in January along with left-handed reliever Tim Hamulack for right-handed relievers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll.

Seo is expected to be the Dodgers’ No. 5 starter, behind Derek Lowe, Brad Penny, Odalis Perez and Brett Tomko. Manager Grady Little said Thursday’s outing will not change the team’s plan.

“He’s had better performances, but it was his first outing with us,” Little said. “After the first couple of innings, he got in his comfort zone, and we’ve liked what we’ve seen.”

The Dodgers won’t need a fifth starter the first time through the rotation, so Seo will pitch out of the bullpen to begin the season.

After giving up three runs in the first two innings, he settled into a groove, allowing three hits and striking out two over his final three innings against St. Louis.

“I definitely didn’t make the adjustment (early) of going from facing Asian hitters (in the WBC) to facing major league players,” Seo said. “I want to make that adjustment before my next outing.”

He said he felt he was where he needed to be strength-wise heading into the final week of spring training.

Jeff Suppan worked six innings for St. Louis, allowing four hits and two runs with two strikeouts. Jim Edmonds had two hits and an RBI and Suppan, David Eckstein and Gary Bennett each drove in a run for the Cardinals.

Rafael Furcal went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Dodgers.


The Cardinals returned right-hander Juan Mateo, a Rule 5 draft pick, to the Chicago Cubs. … The Dodgers optioned outfielder Andre Ethier to Triple-A Las Vegas and reassigned right-hander Takashi Saito to their minor league camp. Saito is also expected to start the season with Las Vegas, pitching out of the bullpen. … Outfielder Cody Ross was hit by a pitch Wednesday in the Dodgers’ game against the New York Mets. Los Angeles was concerned Ross broke his wrist, but the injury was diagnosed as a deep bruise.

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