Thursday's MLB Spring Training Capsules
Originally published March 23, 2012 at midnight, updated March 23, 2012 at 2:24 a.m.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Adam Dunn hit a grand slam and a two-run shot off Bruce Chen, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 16-4 victory over a Kansas City Royals split squad Thursday.
Chen allowed 10 runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.
A.J. Pierzynski also homered off Chen in the fifth inning.
Billy Butler hit his third home run of the spring in the fourth, a solo shot off White Sox starter Zach Stewart in the fourth inning.
ANGELS 7, ROYALS (SS) 4
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kendrys Morales made his first appearance in an Angels’ lineup since May 2010 and had two hits in Los Angeles’ win over the Royals.
Hitting right-handed, the switch-hitting Morales bounced a single off Royals left-hander Danny Duffy in the second inning. He then ran hard and slid safely into third on Bobby Abreu’s double to left.
Morales added a sharp single to center field.
Angels starter Jered Weaver was hit hard for the second time in three outings. Weaver allowed nine hits and four runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Duffy, competing for a spot in the Royals’ rotation, was also hit hard, giving up six runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings.
CARDINALS 9, NATIONALS 0
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jaime Garcia struck out nine in five innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a victory over Washington.
Garcia struck out two batters in each of the first four innings and didn’t allow a walk. He gave up three hits.
The Nationals Gio Gonzalez didn’t fare nearly as well, having to be lifted before the end of the fourth inning. In what was easily his worst outing of the spring, Gonzalez allowed eight runs in 3 2-3 innings.
ORIOLES 11, TWINS 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Carl Pavano struggled and Baltimore finished with 14 hits in a win over Minnesota.
The Twins’ opening-day starter allowed six earned runs and eight hits in four innings.
Joe Mauer went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for the Twins.
Wei-Yin Chen had another impressive outing for the Orioles, giving up four hits and one run in five innings.
BLUE JAYS 2, PHILLIES 0
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Jose Bautista doubled twice and scored a run and Brandon Morrow allowed one hit over six innings, outdueling Cliff Lee and leading Toronto to a victory over Philadelphia.
Lee allowed one run and struck out seven in six innings. He escaped a first-inning jam by striking out the side, two coming after Kelly Johnson singled and Bautista doubled. He allowed a run in the fourth when Bautista doubled and scored on Adam Lind’s single.
Morrow, Carlos Villanueva, Darren Oliver and Jason Frasor limited the Phillies to four hits.
METS 8, ASTROS 2
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey gave up just one hit in 6 1-3 innings and the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros.
Dickey held Houston hitless until giving up a single to Justin Ruggiano in the sixth. Dickey allowed one run, struck out four and walked three.
Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez struggled for the second consecutive outing. After allowing seven runs in 3 1-3 innings against Atlanta, he gave up four runs and walked five in 3 2-3 innings. Two of the Mets runs came on bases-loaded walks.
RAYS 8, PIRATES 6
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — James Shields had his toughest outing of the spring in Tampa Bay’swin over Pittsburgh.
He gave up five runs, three earned, in 5 2-3 innings. Shields allowed 10 hits, including homers to Rod Barajas and Yamaico Navarro, but struck out six and walked two.
Pirates starter Jeff Karstens allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits in five innings.
BRAVES 5, MARLINS 5 TIE, 10 INNINGS
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Pastornicky had four hits and Freddie Freeman added three and the Atlanta Braves tied the Miami Marlins in 10 innings just hours after Chipper Jones said he will retire at the end of the season.
Jones did not play.
Brandon Beachy started for the Braves and allowed four runs in five innings. He walked one and struggled with his control, but four relievers came in and allowed only one run.
Ricky Nolasco won 10 games last season, most of any returning Marlin, and allowed three runs in 4 1-3 innings, walking two. Jose Reyes and John Buck each had two hits and a double for Miami.
INDIANS 9, PADRES (SS) 4
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez allowed a run in four innings and the Cleveland Indians beat a San Diego split squad.
Jimenez, who entered with a 9.31 ERA, struck out four and walked one.
Travis Hafner hit a solo homer and had an RBI groundout for Cleveland.
Cory Luebke allowed a run, four hits and struck out six in five innings for San Diego.
Chase Headley and Everth Cabrera both hit solo home runs for San Diego. Cabrera also had an RBI triple.
Shin-Soo Choo had two doubles for the Indians.
PADRES 11, ROCKIES (SS) 6
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Guillermo Moscoso allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings for Colorado in a loss to San Diego in a game between split squads.
Moscoso is still competing for a spot in the Padres’ rotation. He went 8-10 in 23 games — 21 starts — for Oakland last year. He walked three and struck out three.
Eric Young Jr. led off the game with his first homer, off San Diego’s Casey Kelly.
Kelly allowed two runs and six hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run homer and two run-scoring singles for San Diego.
ROCKIES 7, GIANTS (SS) 0
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jamie Moyer pitched four perfect innings and made a case to join the Rockies’ rotation by helping Colorado to a 7-0 win over a split squad of San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.
The 49-year-old lefty was out of the majors last season while recovering from a torn elbow ligament. He struck out four and only Angel Pagan made solid contact, lining out to center field to start the game.
Former Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer hit his first homer with the Rockies, a long two-run shot in the third to make it 4-0.
Pablo Sandoval had the Giants’ only hit -- a one-out double in the seventh, and the Giants made four errors.
Colorado had nine hits, including three by Wilin Rosario, who raised his spring average to. 444 in his bid to win the backup catcher’s spot.
CUBS 11, RANGERS (SS) 4
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Alfonso Soriano and Ian Stewart each homered to power the Cubs past a Texas split squad.
Joe Mather and Brett Jackson also connected for the Cubs, who amassed 15 hits against five Texas pitchers.
Matt Garza held the Rangers to three unearned runs on two hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out three.
Colby Lewis gave us six runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings for the Rangers. Lewis struck out three.
REDS 6, RANGERS (SS) 2
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Latos pitched five strong innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 victory over a split-squad of Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
Latos yielded a leadoff homer to Julio Borbon to start the game, then allowed just three more hits. He struck out three and walked none.
Rangers starter Scott Feldman gave up two runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. Six of the hits off Feldman went for doubles.
Zack Cozart and Devin Mesoraco had two doubles apiece for Cincinnati. Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen also doubled, and Dioner Navarro homered off Joe Beimel
Borbon also singled for Texas.
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 4, 9 innings
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Sweeney scored on a squeeze bunt by Jason Repko in the ninth inning, giving the Boston Red Sox a 4-4 tie against the rival New York Yankees on Thursday night.
Right-hander Adam Warren, starting in place of David Phelps, whose wife went into labor, held the Red Sox scoreless over four innings. Warren, who struck out three, allowed a pair of singles to David Ortiz and Sweeney in the second inning.
Aaron Cook started for the Red Sox. Making just his second Grapefruit League appearance, Cook went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
Doug Bernier went 2 for 3 with two RBI, raising his spring average to .364 for New York. Curtis Granderson was 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI, giving him a .393 average this spring.
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