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Saturday's MLB Spring Training Capsules

Saturday's MLB Spring Training Capsules

March 18th, 2012 in News

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees closer Mariano Rivera threw his third consecutive scoreless inning in New York's 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.

Rivera needed just eight pitches to extend his spring training stretch of not giving up an earned run to 24 innings. The last earned run that the right-hander allowed came on March 15, 2008, against Tampa Bay.

New York's Hiroki Kuroda allowed one run and three hits in four innings, throwing 49 of 59 pitches for strikes.

Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer off Bud Norris for a 5-0 lead in the second.

Houston closer Brett Myers threw two innings in his second straight scoreless outing after allowing at least one run in each of first four appearances.


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Brandon Beachy allowed two hits while striking out six over four innings and Dan Uggla homered as Atlanta beat Toronto in a split-squad game.

Uggla, who didn't play Friday, homered in his third straight game. He connected with a man on in the sixth inning off Blue Jays prospect Deck McGuire.

Beachy walked five in his previous start and came in with a 9.00 ERA. But he gave up only one walk and the Blue Jays' run against him came after a popup to shallow left field ended up a triple.


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - David Ross hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a three-run eighth inning that led an Atlanta Braves' split squad over the Mets.

Mets starter Jonathon Niese allowed six hits - all singles - in 5 1-3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

Atlanta starter Kris Medlin gave up one hit in four shutout innings, struck out four and walked one.

New York's Daniel Murphy had two hits, including a two-run single in the sixth.

Martin Prado, Jason Heyward and Ross each had two hits for the Braves. Heyward also stole a base.


VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Jordan Zimmermann threw four scoreless innings in his third start of spring training and Washington tied a Miami split squad.

Zimmermann, who gave up four runs on seven hits in his previous outing, struck out three and gave up six hits. Four of those hits came with two outs.

Chad Tracy grounded out with the bases loaded in the first inning for Washington's run.

Marlins catcher John Buck had two hits and tied the game in the sixth inning with a home run off Washington reliever Rafael Martin.


JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Hanley Ramirez hit his second home run and Ricky Nolasco pitched five solid innings but a Miami split squad lost to Minnesota.

The Marlins trailed 1-0 when Ramirez connected off Carl Pavano for a long two-run home run to left-center with two outs in the fifth.

Nolasco allowed a run and five hits. He walked three and struck out three. Danny Valencia hit a solo homer off Nolasco with two outs in the first.

Pavano left after Ramirez's homer. He allowed two runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings.


SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Wei-Yin Chen became the first Baltimore pitcher to throw five innings this spring and the Orioles tied Boston in a game of split squads.

Chen also displayed a nifty pickoff move that nabbed two runners.

Making his third spring start, Chen blanked Boston until the fifth when Ryan Lavarnway and Pedro Ciriaco singled and Nate Spears hit a three-run homer.

Aaron Cook pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings for Boston, giving up one hit.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Josh Beckett gave up one run in five solid innings and Boston beat Baltimore in a split-squad game.

Beckett started a double play, struck out two and walked one. He allowed two hits.

Orioles starter Armando Galarraga gave up four runs and six hits in four inning.

The Orioles brought over mostly bench players and minor leaguers. But the game marked shortstop prospect Manny Machado's first start in the Grapefruit League. The third overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Miami Brito High went 0 for 1 with two walks.


CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Hector Luna's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted Philadelphia over a Toronto split squad 4-3.

The Phillies, already missing Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, lost another All-Star infielder to injury. Third baseman Placido Polanco left the game after injuring his left ring finger diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt.

J.P. Arencibia also hit a solo shot for Toronto.

Vance Worley threw four scoreless innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning around two hits.

Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow allowed a run and five hits in 3 1-3 innings.


BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - James Shields struck out seven in six innings and allowed his first earned run of spring training as Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh.

Tampa Bay's scheduled opening-day starter, Shields allowed four hits and walked none.

Luke Scott homered in the fifth off Jeff Karstens. Carlos Pena tripled off Joel Hanrahan in the sixth, Pena's first hit of spring training and Hanrahan's first hit allowed.

Karstens allowed three hits and three walks, striking out five in five innings.

Andrew McCutchen homered for the first time in the exhibition season.


LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Raburn hit his fifth home run this spring and Delmon Young homered and doubled, leading Detroit over St. Louis.

Prince Fielder went 3 for 3 with a standup triple and Young raised his exhibition batting average to .519.

Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals.

Andy Oliver threw two more scoreless innings for the Tigers. He hasn't allowed an earned run in nine innings this spring.

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia allowed four earned runs in 4 1-3 innings and walked three.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jake Peavy threw five hitless innings in his best outing of the spring and the Chicago White Sox beat Seattle.

Peavy struck out five and walked one. The right-hander had allowed nine runs in 4 1-3 innings in his previous two starts.

Eduardo Escobar, a candidate for a reserve role, hit a three-run homer off Hong-Chih Kuo to give the White Sox a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning.

Kuo allowed four runs in an inning.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez gave up six runs in less than four innings, including a long leadoff homer by Brandon Phillips, and Cincinnati beat Cleveland.

Phillips drove the fifth pitch of the game out of the ballpark and into the Arizona desert.

Jimenez allowed five hits and walked four over 3 2-3 innings. He left with the bases loaded and Zack Cozart hit a triple off reliever Tony Sipp to make it 6-1.

Cozart tripled twice.

Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo gave up one run over three innings.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum pitched six effective innings, Pablo Sandoval homered and San Francisco beat Oakland in a split-squad game.

Ryan Theriot and Angel Pagan also connected for San Francisco.

Lincecum allowed five extra-base hits and six overall, but limited the A's to just one run. The ace right-hander struck out four and walked none.

Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on back-to-back doubles by Daric Barton and Derek Norris.


SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Jason Kubel homered twice, tripled and drove in three run as Arizona beat a Texas split squad.

Kubel had a solo drive in the fourth off Scott Feldman that hit a promotional tent far behind the right-field fence, then hit a two-run drive in the fifth against Koji Uehara.

Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders, who lasted only 10 pitches in his previous outing after taking a line drive off his left shin, gave up three runs and eight hits in three innings.

Feldman allowed five runs, seven hits and no walks in 4 2-3 innings with five strikeouts.

Ian Kinsler was 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run and two RBIs for the Rangers.


PHOENIX (AP) - Seth Smith had a two-run double among his three hits, and Oakland scored three unearned runs off Paul Maholm in the first inning and beat the Chicago Cubs in a game between split squads.

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, playing in just his fifth game of the spring, homered on the first pitch of the fourth inning, and former Oakland outfielder David DeJesus tripled and scored in the first.

Maholm allowed three runs - none earned - on two hits, walking two and striking out three. A's starter Travis Schlichting, making his first start after three relief appearances in spring training, allowed a run on two hits in three innings.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Angels ace Jered Weaver rebounded from a rough start with four strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels' beat Milwaukee.

Weaver allowed two hits and a run. In his previous outing he was tagged by the Dodgers for three runs in 1 1-3 innings.

Vernon Wells doubled in two runs in the Angels' three-run first. Mark Trumbo added a sacrifice fly off Brewers' starter Mike Fiers.

Fiers, the Brewers' 2011 minor league pitcher of the year, worked three innings and allowed three runs and three hits with two strikeouts.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Derek Holland allowed one hit in four scoreless innings, and Texas beat the Chicago Cubs in a split-squad game.

Holland struck out two and walked none, and Mike Adams struck out the side in the fifth.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija retired his first nine batters before Elvis Andrus singled leading off the fourth and scored on Josh Hamilton's single. Julio Borbon hit a two-run single in the fifth.

Samardzija allowed one run and three hits in four innings with three strikeouts and no walks.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Wheeler had a game-ending two-run homer after the Dodgers scored four in the top of the ninth to tie it, leading Colorado to a win over a Los Angeles split squad.

Tyler Colvin Colvin hit a two-run shot in the eighth and Andrew Brown homered and had an RBI double for the Rockies.

Andre Ethier had a pair of doubles for the Dodgers. Tim Federowicz and Jeff Baisley had RBI doubles in a four-run ninth off Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt.

Jeremy Guthrie, projected to be Colorado's opening-day starter, allowed four hits and an unearned run over 4 2-3 innings and had an RBI single.

Los Angeles starter Nathan Eovaldi tossed three scoreless innings, allowing four hits, all singles.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon Belt lofted a two-run homer and San Francisco and Los Angeles quit after nine innings.

Luis Cruz belted a homer to left field that broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth for the Dodgers.

Los Angeles starter Aaron Harang gave up seven hits and two runs, including Belt's homer, in four innings.

Starter Brian Burres limited the Dodgers to one run and three hits in three innings.


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Rookie first baseman Yonder Alonso had two hits, including a three-run double, and San Diego downed Kansas City.

Cory Luebke struck out four for the Padres and allowed two earned runs, six hits and a walk in four innings pitched.

Bruce Chen had another rough outing as he yielded five earned runs and eight hits in three innings for Kansas City.

Alonso, acquired Dec. 17 in a five-player trade that sent pitcher Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds, highlighted a five-run rally in the first inning when he lined a three-run double off the right-field fence against Chen.