U.S. ends in a tie against White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. team played the Chicago White Sox to a draw Tuesday.

In its first of two exhibition games before the World Baseball Classic, manager Joe Torre’s team fell into a four-run hole through five innings, and needed three RBI by Giancarlo Stanton and a run-scoring triple by David Wright to forge a tie at 4 in a game called after nine innings.

The Rangers’ Derek Holland, who will start for the United States on Sunday against Canada, allowed a run on four hits in three innings. He struck out three without issuing a walk.

“Felt good. Felt real good,” Holland said. “First time working with Mauer was a little different. I’m used to working with our guys. ... They got a couple hits here and there, but overall, I think it was a good job.”

The Padres’ Luke Gregerson relieved Holland and gave up another run in the fourth, and Royals left-hander Tim Collins ran into even more trouble in the fifth.

He allowed lead-off singles to Dwayne Wise and Ramirez, and then watched his team flub a run down between first and second base to leave runners on the corners.

Connor Gillaspie hit a long fly ball left fielder Shane Victorino couldn’t catch over his shoulder at the warning track, and it bounced over the wall for a run-scoring ground-rule double. Konerko followed with a base hit that gave the White Sox a 4-0 lead.

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