GLENDALE, Ariz. ( — Josh Beckett’s comeback from surgery got off to a promising start Sunday with three strikeouts over two scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers and a San Diego split squad played to a 3-all tie.

The game was stopped after nine innings.

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Beckett allowed one hit in his first spring training appearance since having a rib and muscle tissue removed last July in a procedure to alleviate a nerve problem. He is competing to reclaim a spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Beckett’s biggest rival for a spot, Paul Maholm, allowed one hit over two scoreless innings. The Dodgers signed Maholm on Feb. 8 after he went 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA in Atlanta.

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Yasiel Puig, in the leadoff spot for the first time spring, helped the Dodgers to a 2-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

Alexi Amarista hit an RBI single for the Padres.

Pitcher Zack Greinke, meanwhile, has been announced as questionable for the club’s regular season start in Sydney, Australia.

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