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Thursday's MLB Spring Training Capsules

Thursday's MLB Spring Training Capsules

March 16th, 2012 in News

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Justin Verlander struck out eight in 3 2-3 innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Thursday.

Verlander gave up one run and three hits. The AL MVP and Cy Young winner has an 0.93 ERA this spring.

Brian Matusz had his second straight solid outing for Baltimore, striking out six in four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and walked none.

Marlins 3, Mets 1

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Jose Reyes grounded out in his first game against his former team, but Miami beat the Mets 3-1.

Reyes signed a $106 million, six-year deal with the Marlins during the offseason after he said the cash-strapped Mets failed to make him a competitive offer.

R.A. Dickey pitched two perfect innings for New York.

Jason Bay was 2 for 2 against Miami's Josh Johnson, who gave up a run and five hits in three innings. The Mets had three straight hits off Johnson in the first, the last of those being Ike Davis' ground-rule double that scored Turner.


CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Scott Podsednik hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning and Dontrelle Willis tossed a scoreless inning, helping a Philadelphia split squad beat Atlanta.

Matt Diaz and Dan Uggla hit solo homers for the Braves. Jair Jurrjens had a rough outing, allowing four runs and nine hits in four innings.

Podsednik had one of six run-scoring singles for the Phillies. He's competing for a roster spot and could earn playing time in left field.

Willis had an encouraging outing after getting rocked and leaving his last appearance because of arm tightness and fatigue.


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Spring training invitees Juan Pierre and Joel Pineiro helped their cases for making the Phillies, with solid starts for a Philadelphia split squad in a tie with Tampa Bay.

Pierre, a speedy outfielder, had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice - all in the first two innings. Pineiro started for Philadelphia, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out two.

Tampa Bay right-hander Wade Davis gave up four runs - three earned - and eight hits in four innings. He struck out three.


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Dustin McGowan and Kyle Drabek each pitched three solid innings and Toronto beat Houston.

McGowan, bidding for a spot in Toronto's rotation after three years of arm and knee problems, gave up one unearned run in his second spring start. Drabek followed and also allowed an unearned run.

Travis Snider hit a two-run double against Zach Duke, who gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings.

Jake Marisnick homered for the Blue Jays in the ninth inning. Jordan Schafer scored two of the Astros' runs.


VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Michael Pineda moved a step closer to securing a spot in the Yankees' rotation with 3 2-3 solid innings but Chien-Ming Wang had a setback in his pursuit of a starting job with the Nationals when he strained his left hamstring in New York's win over Washington.

Wang left the game in the third inning after he collided with Russell Martin. Wang fielded Martin's grounder, stumbled toward first base and was nicked by the Yankees' catcher. The right-hander's will have further tests to determine the severity of the injury.

Pineda gave up two runs on four hits with one walk. He struck out four.

Bill Hall had a two-run double for New York, which scored six runs - four earned - off John Lannan.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Garrett Jones homered and drove in four runs and Pittsburgh scored 10 times in the first inning to batter Minnesota.

Jones and Alex Presley each homered, doubled and singled. The Pirates finished with 19 hits, 10 for extra bases.

Twins starter Terry Doyle, who split last year between Double-A and Class A, allowed eight runs and seven hits while getting only two outs.

Minnesota outfielder Denard Span had two hits, scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Daniel Bard was hit hard, with Shane Robinson's bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning chasing the Boston pitcher as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Red Sox.

Bard allowed seven earned runs in 2 2-3 innings.

Dustin Pedroia and Darnell McDonald hit home runs that gave Boston a 4-1 lead going into the sixth, and Bard took over.

Red Sox starter Alfredo Aceves struck out four in four innings while allowing one run. St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse gave up three earned runs in 3 2-3 innings.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - C.J. Wilson pitched well for the third straight time and the Los Angeles Angels defeated Cincinnati.

Wilson gave up one run and three hits without a walk. The Angels newcomer has allowed one run in nine innings this spring.

Reds starter Johnny Cueto allowed one run earned run in four innings.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Justin Masterson pitched four hitless innings and Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox.

Jose Lopez hit a three-run homer for Cleveland and Shelley Duncan had a two-run shot, his third homer of the spring.

A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo homer for Chicago.

Masterson faced the minimum 12 batters, striking out four. His only walk was immediately erased on a double play when shortstop Jason Donald made a backhand stab of a sharp grounder hit by Gordon Beckham to end the third.

White Sox starter Dyland Axelrod gave up three hits and one run over three innings.

The Indians had 17 hits.


MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam and Henry Blanco also connected as Arizona broke out of a long slump with a win over a Chicago Cubs split squad.

The Diamondbacks came into the game hitting a Cactus League-low of .227, but cranked out 16 hits as Justin Upton and Aaron Hill had two hits apiece to help lead the club.

Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy worked four scoreless innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

Marlon Byrd had two hits for Chicago, but Ryan Dempster gave up three runs in 3 2-3 innings. He yielded eight hits, struck out three and walked one.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin exited with a blister on his right index finger after throwing three scoreless innings in a victory over a split squad of Chicago Cubs.

Chacin said he doesn't think he will miss his next spring training start on Tuesday. The right-hander is expected to be the Rockies' No. 2 starter.

Cubs second baseman Blake DeWitt left in the fifth after he was hit by a pitch on his right arm. He will be reevaluated.

Chacin allowed one hit, struck out one and walked one. The blister popped up on the tip of his finger when he was throwing in the bullpen and kept growing.

Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez stayed in the game after a comebacker struck him in the lower back in the third.


PHOENIX (AP) - Left-hander Chris Narveson pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings and Aramis Ramirez got two hits as Milwaukee defeated San Diego.

Narveson gave up two hits, walked three and struck out two. He has allowed one earned run in 9 1-3 innings in three spring starts.

Ramirez singled in the first and singled and scored the Brewers' first run in the fourth.


SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Derek Norris hit a grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth, capping a five-run rally and lifting Oakland over Texas.

Jemile Weeks homered from both side of the plate, singled and walked and Chad Pennington went 4 for 4 with a double for the A's.

Texas was without manager Ron Washington, who left the team because of a death in his family.

Oakland right-hander Brad Peacock struggled for the second time in three starts, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks over 2 1-3 innings.

Josh Hamilton, who left Wednesday's game with a jammed right heel, started in center field and went 0 for 3 for the Rangers.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Eric Hosmer drove in four runs and Lorenzo Cain homered as Kansas City topped the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hosmer hit a two-run single during a four-run rally in the seventh against Mike MacDougal.

Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley pitched shutout ball until Cain homered with two outs in the fourth. Todd Coffey relieved at that point, and later delivered an RBI single that he said was his first hit since high school.


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Barry Zito allowed two runs and four hits in four innings, helping San Francisco top Seattle.

Brandon Crawford hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning and provided solid defense at shortstop.

Crawford's homer gave the Giants a 4-2 lead, and San Francisco scored three runs in the seventh inning off Mariners reliever George Sherrill.

Zito threw 62 pitches in his third start of spring training, his only major mistake was a two-run home run by Seattle's Mike Carp in the third.

Erasmo Ramirez, a top pitching prospect for the Mariners, allowed a run and four hits in four innings.