Friday's MLB Spring Training Capsules
Saturday, March 31, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Albert Pujols homered and C.J. Wilson had another strong start, and the Angels' pair of new stars led Los Angeles to a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pujols hit his fifth spring homer off Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter. The Angels got to Collmenter for four runs in the first, two coming in on Howie Kendrick's fourth homer and two more runs coming on Bobby Abreu's single.
Wilson worked 6 1-3 innings and allowed five hits and one run — Justin Upton's fourth homer in the first. Wilson lowered his spring ERA to 1.33 after five outings.
Collmenter continued to struggle, allowing 10 hits and eight runs. His spring ERA soared to 11.81.
YANKEES 13, PHILLIES 9
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Michael Pineda experienced soreness in the back of his right shoulder during New York's win over Philadelphia.
Pineda, bidding for a rotation spot, allowed six runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander struggled with his fastball velocity again, averaging around 91 mph.
Pineda also said he had issues with his mechanics, opening up his left shoulder while making pitches. He finished with two strikeouts and three walks, throwing just 40 of 71 pitches for strike.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he is concerned about Pineda, who will have an MRI on Saturday.
Carlos Ruiz had a three-run double during a four-run third against Pineda.
Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer later in third off Jonathan Papelbon.
ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 2
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Sean O'Sullivan threw five hitless innings and Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and Kansas City defeated Chicago.
O'Sullivan, who had allowed nine hits and four runs in four innings in his previous two outings in relief, retired his first 14 batters before walking Alexei Ramirez in the fifth. That was the only base runner for O'Sullivan.
Gordon, who agreed to a four-year $37.5 million contract before the game, went 2 for 2 with an opposite-field homer off left-hander Eric Stults in the second inning.
Eric Hosmer drove in two runs with a fifth-inning single, increasing his RBI total to a Cactus League-leading 28.
TIGERS 6, ORIOLES 4
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Tony Plagman hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple off Jim Johnson in the ninth inning to give Detroit a victory over Baltimore.
Johnson walked Curt Casali and Daniel Fields before Plagman hit a two-out liner to right-center. Johnson, who is dueling with Kevin Gregg for the closer's job, has a 7.71 ERA this spring.
The Tigers tied the game in the seventh on Plagman's home run off reliever Luis Ayala.
Brian Matusz, expected to be named the Orioles' fifth starter, allowed three runs and five hits, walked one and struck out four in five innings.
RAYS 3, PIRATES 3, TIE
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Casey McGehee and Matt Hague each homered for Pittsburgh in a tie with Tampa.
McGehee hit a solo shot in the fourth inning. Hague had a two-run homer in the seventh.
The Pirates used five relievers instead of a starter. Brad Lincoln, who has a chance to make the team as a long reliever, worked two innings and gave up Jose Molina's three-run double.
Left-hander Matt Moore, who appears to have won a spot in the Rays' starting rotation, worked six innings and allowed one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out three.
RED SOX 9, TWINS (SS) 7
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Bard made his final case for a rotation spot, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings as Boston beat a Minnesota Twins' split squad.
Bard, who struck out seven and walked three, is competing with Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubront and Aaron Cook for the final two starting berths.
Cody Ross homered twice for Boston, raising his spring training total to six.
Twins starter Nick Blackburn gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.
Minnesota's Joe Mauer singled twice, raising his spring-training average to .367 after an injury filled season that saw him his a career-low .287.
CARDINALS 4, METS 3
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Lohse allowed an unearned run and three hits in six innings and had an RBI single to lead St. Louis to a victory over the New York Mets.
Lohse did receive a scare, though. Omar Quintanilla's well struck grounder in the third inning hit Lohse in hand. After the play, the trainer came out to check on Lohse, who said he simply needed a few moments to let the tingling in his ring and pinkie fingers subside.
The Cardinals took the lead for good in the fourth, with Lohse driving in the go-ahead run.
The Mets' Dillion Gee gave up 10 hits and four runs in six innings.
TWINS (SS) 4, BLUE JAYS 1
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Ben Revere followed Aaron Hicks' fifth-inning double with a triple, and a Minnesota split squad beat Toronto.
Chris Parmalee homered in the sixth off Blue Jays starter Aaron Laffey.
Liam Hendriks, a candidate to open the season in the Twins' starting rotation, held Toronto to one hit over five innings.
DODGERS (SS) 6, CUBS 3
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Dee Gordon had a two-run triple in the seventh inning, leading a Los Angeles Dodgers split squad past the Chicago Cubs.
Gordon, who went 1 for 3 with a walk, drove in his first runs of spring. The Dodgers leadoff hitter is batting .381 with 15 runs and 10 stolen bases.
Ian Stewart homered off Dodgers starter Fernando Nieve. Alfonso Soriano had an RBI double in the eighth inning for the Cubs.
Chicago starter Ryan Dempster pitched 4 2-3 innings his final start before opening day. He allowed a run and four hits. He walked three and struck out three.
REDS 6, INDIANS 5
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Todd Frazier, Juan Francisco and Ryan LaMarre homered in a five-run eighth inning off reliever Dan Wheeler and Cincinnati rallied for a win over Cleveland.
Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Reds opening-day starter Johnny Cueto. Cueto went six innings, allowing two runs and four hits.
Jeanmar Gomez left the game with a mildly strained hip after 3 2-3 innings.
Gomez is the third Indians pitcher to get hurt in two days. Derek Lowe left his start Thursday with a sore back and David Huff injured his hamstring later in that game.
NATIONALS 3, MARLINS 2
VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison returned to the lineup for the Florida Marlins, who lost to the Washington Nationals.
Stanton, who had not played since March 11 because of wrist and knee injuries, went 0 for 2 with a walk. Morrison was out with troublesome knee since March 13. He had an RBI single in three at-bats.
Ian Desmond homered to left on the first pitch by Miami starter Josh Johnson. Johnson struck out nine in 5 2-3 innings.
Ross Detwiler made his first start of the spring for Washington and allowed one run on three hits over five innings.
BREWERS 9, DODGERS (SS) 4
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Capuano pitched six innings in his final preparation for his new spot as the Dodgers' No. 3 starter and caused a stir by throwing behind Ryan Braun in a Los Angeles split squad's loss to Milwaukee.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game starter Ted Lilly will begin the season on the disabled list. Slowed by a stiff neck, Lilly pitched a bullpen session for the first time since March 21.
Capuano threw 83 pitches, including one in the top of the sixth that went behind Braun. Both teams were warned.
Braun hit a towering home run in the first.
ASTROS (SS) 5, BRAVES (SS) 1
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Bud Norris allowed one run in six innings and Houston beat Atlanta in a game between split squads.
Chris Johnson's two-run single highlighted a four-run fourth inning for the Astros off Atlanta starter Randall Delgado Norris gave up three hits and no walks.
Jason Castro had two of the Astros' six hits.
Delgado pitched 4 2-3 innings, giving up six hits and five runs.
BRAVES (SS) 3, ASTROS (SS) 1
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Jair Jurrjens had his second straight strong outing of the spring, allowing one run in seven innings and the Atlanta Braves topped the Houston Astros in the teams' second split-squad game of the night.
Jurrjens had struggled in his first four starts this spring.
Kyle Weiland allowed three runs in six innings for the Astros. He is among three candidates competing for the final two spots in the Houston rotation.
Chris Snyder homered for the Astros.