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Sunday's MLB Spring Training Capsules

Sunday's MLB Spring Training Capsules

March 12th, 2012 in News

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees closer Mariano Rivera threw a perfect inning during his first spring training appearance, which came in New York's 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in a game between split squads Sunday.

Rivera was greeted by a standing ovation from most of the announced crowd of 10,810 at George Steinbrenner Field when he entered in the fourth. After Ty Wigginton flew out, Rivera needed 10 pitches before retiring Luis Montanez on flyball that center fielder Chris Dickerson ran down. The right-hander completed a 14-pitch inning - 10 strikes - by getting a grounder from Hector Luna.

Rivera has strongly hinted 2012 could be his final year in the major leagues.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Nick Blackburn pitched three scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins hit three home runs to beat a New York Yankees split squad.

Blackburn gave up three hits without a walk.

Danny Valencia, Joe Benson and Mike Holliman homered for the Twins. Minnesota had hit just three home runs in its first nine exhibition games.

Yankees starter Phil Hughes threw three shutout innings and allowed only one hit. Manager Joe Girardi made the long ride to Fort Myers, rather than staying in Tampa to watch CC Sabathia.


CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer off Phillies ace Cliff Lee in the first inning and Detroit and Philadelphia tied at 4 in a split-squad game.

Lee gave up three consecutive hits to begin the game, including Raburn's homer. After Miguel Cabrera singled, Lee set down three straight batters, striking out two of them.

Lee, slowed by a minor abdominal injury at the start of spring, allowed six hits in three innings.

Detroit starter Rick Porcello went four innings and also gave up two runs and six hits.


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Jeff Niemann and Kevin Correia each breezed through three innings in their second spring training starts, and Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh.

Niemann was perfect for the Rays, throwing 20 of his 27 pitches for strikes. He is contending for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation.

Correia gave up two hit and walked one for Pittsburgh. The 31-year-old right-hander struck out one.

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria made a throwing error in his spring debut. He walked and had a sacrifice fly.

Pedro Alvarez hit his second home run of the spring.


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Johan Santana pitched 2 2-3 innings without allowing an earned run for the New York Mets in a rain-shortened loss to Miami.

The game was called after the fifth inning.

Santana gave up two hits and an unearned run in his 42-pitch outing, walking two and striking out one. .

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was taken to a hospital for X-rays after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch from reliever Chris Schwinden. The Marlins said he was being treated for a bruise.

Miami starter Mark Buehrle made his first spring outing against major league hitters. He gave up two runs and five hits in four innings.


DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Ricky Romero, Toronto's likely opening-day starter, struck out four in three scoreless innings and J.P. Arencibia, Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie each had RBI doubles in the Blue Jays win over Atlanta in a game between split squads.

Romero has allowed one hit in each of his two starts - five innings - with five strikeouts and hasn't walked a batter.

Sean Gilmartin pitched two scoreless innings for Atlanta.

Lawrie went 3 for 3 and is batting .579.

Atlanta's Eric Hinske hit his second spring homer in the seventh off Darren Oliver and Elmer Reyes doubled for two runs in Braves' eighth.


SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Jon Lester allowed one run and a hit in four innings in his Grapefruit League debut and Dustin Pedroia had two hits and two RBIs as Boston beat Baltimore.

Against the Orioles, the left-hander walked four and struck out two. The only hit he gave up was an RBI single to Adam Jones in the first inning.

Pedroia's two-out double off Dana Eveland in the second gave Boston a 3-1 lead.

Eveland gave up three runs - one earned - and six hits in two innings.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Giants closer Brian Wilson pitched a scoreless inning in his spring debut and San Francisco nicked Felix Hernandez and beat Seattle.

Wilson, who pitched last year with a tender right elbow, jogged in from the bullpen for the fourth inning to a standing ovation from Giants fans. He threw just nine pitches, allowing a hit and finishing with a strikeout-caught stealing double play.

Wilson threw to catcher Buster Posey, who played four innings for his longest action of the spring to date.

Hernandez pitched four innings. He gave up an RBI single to Melky Cabrera and a sacrifice fly by Pablo Sandoval.


SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Young had a hit and scored a run, Derek Holland pitched three solid innings and Texas beat a Cleveland split squad.

Holland allowed a run on three hits and struck out four for the Rangers, who won for the first time in five games against American League opponents.

Mitch Moreland went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Adrian Beltre also drove in a run for Texas.

Kevin Slowey, one of four pitchers contending for the final spot in the Indians' rotation, gave up two runs on five hits while striking out one in his second spring start.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Vernon Wells and Mark Trumbo hit consecutive homers in Los Angeles' six-run fifth inning and the Angels finished with 20 hits in a victory over Cleveland in a matchup of split squads.

Howie Kendrick and Trumbo had three hits each and Wells had two hits and five RBIs for Los Angeles. Albert Pujos drove in a run and scored twice.

Right-hander Garrett Richards, vying for the No. 5 spot in the Angels' rotation, gave up three hits in three scoreless innings.

Indians starter David Huff allowed five runs, four earned, and seven hits in three innings in his third spring appearance.


GOODYEAR, Ariz (AP) - Jay Bruce and Miguel Cairo hit RBI singles and Cincinnati beat a split squad of Los Angeles Angels.

Bruce came into camp 16 pounds lighter than he ended last year. He has hit safely in all five of his spring appearances.

Cairo, the veteran utility player who filled in for third baseman Scott Rolen most of last season, is hitting .417 in exhibition play.

Mat Latos pitched three innings for the Reds. He allowed a two-run homer to minor leaguer Alexi Amarista.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jamie Moyer was solid in his second spring outing, allowing a run and three hits in three innings for a Colorado split squad in a victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The 49-year-old left-hander trying to comeback from Tommy John surgery struck out two.

John Danks, the likely White Sox starter on opening day, struggled with his command. He issued four walks, hit a batter, and struck out one in three innings. He allowed three runs - one earned.

The Rockies' Jason Giambi went 2 for 2 with a double and a walk.


PHOENIX (AP) - Yovani Gallardo pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings and Milwaukee beat a Colorado split squad.

Gallardo gave up three hits, walked one and struck out two in his second spring outing.

Rockies starter Alex White, competing for the fifth spot in the Rockies' rotation, allowed a run and two hits in three innings. Rickie Weeks hit an RBI double off White.


PHOENIX (AP) - Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes went hitless in his second game of the spring for Oakland, which overcame Eric Hosmer's homer, double and four RBIs to beat Kansas City.

Cespedes, who created a stir a day earlier by homering in his first game with Oakland, flied out, lined out and struck out in three at-bats. He also drew his second walk in two games.

Hosmer hit a two-run homer and drove in two more with an opposite field double to left.

The A's trailed 8-7 in the bottom of the eighth when Eric Sogard hit a three-run double to right-center.

A's starter Tommy Milone gave up two runs in 3 2-3 innings.


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Orlando Hudson doubled and homered for San Diego before Arizona rallied for a victory.

Hudson hit a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning and had a one-out double to start a rally in the next inning. Carlos Quentin walked and had an RBI single for the Padres.

Henry Blanco hit a two-run homer, Gerardo Parra had two hits and Daniel Hudson struck out three batters over three perfect innings for the Diamondbacks.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of Matt Garza's wildness and beat the Chicago Cubs.

Tony Gwynn Jr. had a two-run single to cap the Dodgers' four-run second inning and Ted Lilly had a smooth outing for the Dodgers after struggling in his spring debut. Lilly gave up one hit, one walk and hit a batter with a pitch.

Garza gave up four runs and three hits, walked two and hit a batter in 1 1-3 innings.

Trent Oeltjen had two hits and scored two runs for Los Angeles.