Friday's MLB Spring Training Capsules
Saturday, March 24, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Liriano gave up four hits over five shutout innings in the Minnesota Twins' 6-4 loss to a New York Yankees split squad on Friday.
Coming off five hitless innings against Pittsburgh last Sunday, Liriano struck out five and walked one.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had a hit and made a nice defensive play in his return from a stiff left calf. The team captain didn't play for eight days.
Ivan Nova retired 12 in a row before allowing a leadoff double to Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham's two-run homer to start the fifth. He gave up four runs in seven innings.
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain had surgery after dislocating his right ankle while playing with his son Thursday. There is no timetable for his return.
YANKEES (SS) 5, PHILLIES 3
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Hiroki Kuroda pitched well into the sixth inning and Robinson Cano got three hits as a split squad of New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies.
Kuroda gave up one run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings of his fourth exhibition outing.
Cano doubled twice, including a two-run liner in the first inning. Vance Worley had thrown eight straight scoreless innings before the Yankees started the game with four hard hits in a row. Worley struck out seven in six innings.
New Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon struck out two in a perfect ninth.
CARDINALS 2, MARLINS 1
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched five shutout innings and St. Louis beat Miami, overcoming Jose Reyes' first home run for the Marlins.
Wainwright, who missed last season following elbow surgery, allowed three hits and struck out five. He has given up just an unearned run in 14 innings this spring.
Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano looked rusty, allowing two runs and five hits, including three doubles, in 4 1-3 innings. He walked four and struck out one.
The Cardinals announced that ace Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has led to weakness in his pitching shoulder. There is no timetable yet for his return to the mound.
ASTROS 5, NATIONALS 1
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell each pitched three hitless innings and Chris Johnson homered for Houston in a win over Washington.
Johnson's third spring homer came off Tyler Clippard in the sixth inning.
Johnson had been competing with Jimmy Paredes for the third base job, but Paredes was optioned Friday morning to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he will play second base.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched five innings for the Nationals. He gave up four runs and eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
ORIOLES 6, RED SOX 5
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Clay Buchholz allowed five runs over five innings in a shaky outing and Boston lost to Baltimore.
Projected as Boston's third starter, Buchholz gave up two-run homers to Adam Jones in the first and Nick Markakis in the third. It was Jones' third home run of the spring, and Markakis' first.
Buchholz gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out three.
Baltimore starter Jason Hammel made it through just two innings, allowing two runs and three hits.
BRAVES 9, METS 4
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Uggla hit his fifth home run of the spring and drove in three runs, leading Atlanta over the New York Mets.
Uggla, who hit a career-high 36 homers last season, broke a 4-all tie with his two-out shot to left field in the fifth.
Mike Minor had his 14-inning scoreless streak snapped when he gave up an unearned run in the first. The Mets also scored an earned run off Minor in the second when Josh Thole led off with a triple and scored on Vinny Rottino's single.
Chipper Jones, who announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the season, had the day off and did not play.
TIGERS 7, PIRATES 2
BRADENTON, FLA. (AP) — Doug Fister left his start in the fifth inning of Detroit's victory over Pittsburgh because of soreness in his right middle finger.
Fister was scheduled to throw 75 pitches but came out after 4 1-3 innings. The right-hander struck out four.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.
ROYALS 2, DODGERS (SS) 0
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Luke Hochevar pitched three-hit ball for six innings and struck out eight as Kansas City defeated a Los Angeles split squad.
Hochevar, the first player selected in the 2006 amateur draft, is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in four exhibition starts.
Jason Bourgeois, acquired by the Royals in a trade with Houston on Tuesday, singled home Mike Moustakas, who had doubled, in the second inning.
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang gave up one run and five hits in five innings.
ANGELS (SS) 6, BREWERS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit his third home run and Dan Haren allowed two runs in five innings to help Los Angeles beat Milwaukee.
Haren gave up five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. The right-hander entered with only one earned run allowed in 10 previous innings.
Brewers starter Zack Greinke was even more impressive, allowing only two hits over 5 1-3 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. Ryan Braun singled to improve to 2 for 19 this spring.
The Angels scored four unearned runs off Brewers closer John Axford in the seventh.
Trumbo hit a solo shot in the eighth against Francisco Rodriguez.
ANGELS (SS) 4, INDIANS 1
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit a home run out of Goodyear Ballpark, helping a Los Angeles split-squad team beat Cleveland.
Morales, batting left-handed, crushed a pitch from Josh Tomlin high into the dark Arizona night and over the stands in right-center field. It was his first homer since May 29, 2010, when he belted a game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning against Seattle. He broke his left ankle by jumping onto home plate in celebration and missed the rest of that season and all of 2011.
Tomlin gave up two runs and six hits over five innings.
Angels starter Mike Shoemaker allowed one run and five hits in five innings.
CUBS 10, ROCKIES 8
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Geovany Soto homered twice and drove in five runs, sending Chicago to a victory over Colorado.
Soto had three hits, including a pair of two-run homers off Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood.
Colorado slugger Carlos Gonzalez drove in five runs as well, with a bases-loaded double and a two-run single. He also made a diving catch near the left-field line.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija was roughed up for seven runs and 10 hits in four innings. Chatwood gave up nine runs — eight earned — and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.
DODGERS 14 (SS), WHITE SOX (SS) 7
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Kemp homered among his three hits and had four RBIs, and Dee Gordon also had three hits as Los Angeles routed Chicago in a split-squad game.
The game was played in Tucson to raise money for the fund set up to honor Christina-Taylor Green, the daughter of Dodgers scout John Green. Christina was one of the victims of the shooting on Jan. 8, 2011, in which former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched three scoreless innings for the Dodgers.
White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod gave up four runs and 10 hits in four innings.
WHITE SOX (SS) 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A.J. Pierzynski hit an inside-the-park home run and had two doubles for Chicago.
Pierzynski hit a ball that deflected off the top wall in center and bounced to right center for the catcher's third home run of the spring. Chicago starter Gavin Floyd gave up two runs and five hits, struck out three and walked five in six innings in the split-squad games for the White Sox.
Arizona's Chris Young hit a solo home run, his third homer of the spring. Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders allowed four runs and six hits in four innings.
BLUE JAYS 7, RAYS 5
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — David Price pitched into the sixth inning for Tampa Bay in a loss to Toronto.
Price allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings, reaching 96 mph on the radar gun several times in the sixth. The left-hander issued two walks, both to Edwin Encarnacion after the third baseman homered in the second.
Rays outfielder Sam Fuld left after striking out in the third inning. He has a sore left wrist, an injury that has plagued him since September, and will have an MRI on Monday.
Toronto left-hander Brett Cecil walked five in 2 2-3 innings, throwing 81 pitches. He gave up four runs and four hits with three strikeouts.
RANGERS 4, GIANTS 1
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Alexi Ogando pitched 4 2-3 shutout innings, Elvis Andrus broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the fifth and Texas beat San Francisco.
Ogando gave up three hits, walked three and struck out three in his first start of the spring. The right-hander is expected to be a long reliever when the season starts, but also could start.
The Rangers scored three runs on four hits off Giants reliever Javier Lopez in the ninth for a 4-0 lead.
San Francisco's Brett Pill homered in the bottom of the inning.
PADRES 5, REDS 2
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Edinson Volquez pitched into the sixth inning against his old team and San Diego beat Cincinnati.
Volquez allowed two runs and two hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out six, including 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto twice.
Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, acquired from Cincinnati in the same December trade that send Volquez to San Diego, went 2 for 3 with a triple and scored twice. Will Venable and John Baker had two RBIs apiece.
Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs and six hits in four innings for Cincinnati.