Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:27 PM EST
By NORM FRAUENHEIM, AP
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opened spring training with his confidence boosted by the acquisition of Mookie Betts, who could prove crucial to the franchise’s quest to win its first World Series title since 1988. Betts was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in a multi-player deal and he gives the Dodgers two recent MVPs in the outfield. Betts was the 2018 AL MVP and Cody Bellinger was the 2019 NL MVP. Roberts says Betts’ potent hitting could provide scoring opportunities that weren’t there during the Dodgers' run to the World Series in 2017 and 2018.