Saturday's MLB Spring Training Capsules
Originally published March 25, 2012 at 12:02 a.m., updated March 25, 2012 at 1:45 a.m.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Cole Hamels allowed two runs and four hits in four innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat a Boston Red Sox split squad 10-5 on Saturday.
Hamels struck out three and walked two.
Alfredo Aceves, contending for one of two open spots in Boston's rotation, gave up nine runs and 10 hits in three innings. He allowed solo home runs to Pete Orr, Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz, and also had a walk, a wild pitch and a hit batter.
ASTROS 5, PIRATES 4, 10 INNINGS
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — James McDonald held Houston hitless into the sixth inning, but the Astros scored an unearned run in the 10th to beat Pittsburgh.
McDonald retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced — Juan Castro reached on an error in the third inning — until Travis Buck sent a broken-bat single into shallow center field with one out in the fifth.
In his longest outing this spring, McDonald gave up a run on two hits and struck out three over seven innings.
Houston's Scott Moore hit a three-run homer off Ryota Igarashi to tie it. A fielding error by shortstop Josh Rodriguez allowed Buck to score the winning run in the 10th.
METS 6, CARDINALS 6, 10 INNINGS
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Ike Davis and Lucas Duda each hit home runs as the New York Mets' tied the St. Louis Cardinals.
It was the first homer for Davis, who was diagnosed earlier in spring training with what is likely valley fever, which can cause extreme fatigue. Davis hit a three-run shot off Lance Lynn in the first.
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey allowed five runs — four earned — and eight hits in six innings. It was the fourth consecutive start in which the right-hander has given up at least four runs.
YANKEES 4, TIGERS 2, 10 INNINGS
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Raul Ibanez hit his first home run with the Yankees, Freddy Garcia pitched into the fifth inning and New York beat Detroit.
Ibanez had two hits to raise his average to .075. He hit a two-run shot off Tigers starter Max Scherzer in the seventh inning.
Garcia, vying for the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation, was making his first since bruising his hand 10 days ago. He went 4 1-3 innings and allowed one hit and two walks. He struck out four.
Scherzer went seven innings and allowed three hits and two runs for the Tigers, striking out eight.
RED SOX (SS) 4, MARLINS 1
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Felix Doubrant allowed one run and five hits over six innings in his fourth spring training appearance, helping a Boston split squad beat Miami.
Doubrant struck out two and walked one, throwing 53 of 78 pitches for strikes. He lowered his ERA to 2.70.
Trying to each a bench spot with the Marlins, Austin Kearns homered in the second. He leads the team with three homers and seven RBIs.
Miami left-hander Wade LeBlanc gave up three runs and five hits in five innings.
ORIOLES 12, NATIONALS 3
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Wieters had a three-run homer among his four hits and drove in six runs, Adam Jones and Robert Andino each added three hits and Jake Arrieta worked five solid innings as Baltimore beat Washington.
Wieters had just four hits in 12 games and was batting .129 coming in. He homered in the third off Edwin Jackson.
Jones has five hits in his last six at-bats.
Jackson allowed 10 runs — seven earned — and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings. In his last three starts, he has allowed 13 earned runs and 23 hits in 11 innings.
BLUE JAYS 9, BRAVES 0
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Adam Lind homered, tripled and had four RBIs off Randall Delgado, and Toronto beat Atlanta.
Competing for the last spot in the Braves' starting rotation, Delgado allowed eight runs — five earned — and 10 hits in four innings.
Henderson Alvarez allowed one hit in five scoreless innings, struck out four and walked none.
TWINS 19, RAYS 4
Justin Morneau hit his first two homers of spring training and the Minnesota Twins connected five times in a rout of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Morneau, who has only played 150 games the past two seasons because of several injuries, had five RBIs as the designated hitter.
Rookie of the Year winner Jeremy Hellickson gave up 10 runs and 11 hits, including three home runs.
Infielder Luke Hughes, J.R. Towles and Chris Parmelee also homered for the Twins. Hughes went 5 for 5.
REDS (SS) 6, PADRES (SS) 0
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Aroldis Chapman had his best outing of spring training, giving up four hits over five innings to lead Cincinnati over San Diego in a game between split squads.
With a fastball that reached 98 mph, Chapman struck out five. He walked one in a 78-pitch effort.
Jay Bruce, Miguel Cairo and Paul Janish each had two hits. Cairo and Janish had RBIs.
Padres starter Clayton Richard allowed five runs — three earned — and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.
ROYALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Alex Gordon led off the game with his third home run of the spring and also singled, and Jeff Francoeur added two hits and two RBIs in Kansas City's victory over Arizona.
Lorenzo Cain and Brayan Pena also each had two hits for Kansas City.
Royals starter Jonathan Sanchez worked 5 1-3 innings, giving up three runs — two earned — and five hits and three walks. He struck out six. Jeremy Jeffries picked up the win, allowing one hit in two-thirds of an inning. Greg Holland threw a scoreless ninth for the save.
Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill went 4 2-3 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits, walked a batter and struck out six.
PADRES (SS) 5, CUBS 1
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Will Venable had a hit and two RBIs, Anthony Bass continued his bid to make the opening-day roster with another strong outing and a San Diego Padres split squad beat the Chicago Cubs.
Venable had a two-run double off reliever Trever Miller in the fourth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Bass, who could be San Diego's long man out of the pen, gave up one run and one hit with a strikeout in his four innings to improve to 2-0.
Travis Wood gave up three runs in 3 2-3 innings on five hits. He struck out one.
ANGELS 3, RANGERS 2
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Ervin Santana held the Rangers to a run over five innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas.
Kendrys Morales went 1 for 3 with an RBI single and Alexi Amarista added a run-scoring double for the Angels.
Ian Kinsler and Brad Hawpe homered for the Rangers. The Rangers are 1-10 at Surprise Stadium this spring.
Texas starter Greg Reynolds allowed one unearned run on two hits and struck out three in place of Matt Harrison, who started a minor league game.
WHITE SOX 6, BREWERS 4
PHOENIX (AP) — Alex Gonzalez and Aramis Ramirez each homered as Milwaukee built a four-run lead for Randy Wolf but the Chicago White Sox rallied for a victory.
Tyler Saladino drove in a run with a triple in a two-run seventh inning and had an RBI single in the ninth.
Chris Sale gave up eight hits, including the two home runs, and four runs — three earned.
Tyler Flowers started Chicago's comeback when he led off the fifth with a homer off Wolf.
Wolf allowed three runs and six hits — two earned — in 5 2-3innings.
DODGERS 5, INDIANS 4
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dee Gordon had two hits and scored a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Cleveland.
Gordon led off the first with a bunt single. He was timed racing down the first base line in 3.79 seconds. A time of 4.0 seconds is considered very fast.
Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano gave up six hits and two runs in five innings. He had five strikeouts.
Cleveland starter Derek Lowe worked six innings, giving up seven hits and striking out four without a walk. He gave up two runs — one earned.
GIANTS (SS) 6, REDS (SS) 4
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Cain pitched five scoreless innings to help San Francisco beat Cincinnati in a split squad game.
Cain allowed four hits and no walks. He struck out five.
Gregor Blanco and Justin Christian homered for San Francisco. Nate Schierholtz had two hits and Brandon Belt had four hits for the Giants.
Homer Bailey allowed four runs in 3 1-3 innings for Cincinnati. He is competing with Aroldis Chapman for the fifth spot in the Reds rotation. Chapman pitched five scoreless innings against a San Diego Padres split squad.
ROCKIES 7, GIANTS (SS) 6
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki homered and drove in two runs, leading Colorado to a victory over a San Francisco split squad.
Tulowitzki homered leading off the second and had a run-scoring fielder's choice in the third. Todd Helton had an RBI double in the four-run third.
Buster Posey made his first start at first base and threw out a runner at home on a squeeze play. He drove in runs with a double in the first and a single in the fifth.
Juan Nicaso gave up 10 hits and three runs in 5 2-3 innings for Colorado and Travis Blackley gave up a run and four hits in two innings.