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Sunday's MLB Spring Training Capsules

Sunday's MLB Spring Training Capsules

March 19th, 2012 in News

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Carlos Lee drove in five runs with a double and a home run off a once again ineffective Mike Pelfrey, and the Houston Astros beat the Mets 9-5 Sunday to extend New York's spring training losing streak to eight.

Jed Lowrie also homered and drove in three runs, and Travis Buck had three hits for the Astros, who dropped New York to a big league-worst 3-11.

Making his third spring training start, Pelfrey allowed eight runs, eight hits and four walks in 2 2-3 innings with four strikeouts. He has given up 16 runs and 20 hits over 9 2-3 innings.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Francisco Liriano threw five hitless innings, and Minnesota allowed just one hit in a win over Pittsburgh.

The Pirates did not get a hit until Brandon Boggs singled off non-roster invitee Luis Perdomo in the eighth inning. Perdomo was the fourth of five Twins pitchers.

Jamey Carroll went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs after starting spring training 1 for 23.

Charlie Morton gave up five runs and seven hits for Pittsburgh.


DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Jose Bautista hit his third home run of spring training and Philadelphia's Cole Hamels gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings as Toronto defeated the Phillies.

Bautista's two-run homer capped a five-run sixth.

Hamels, who had allowed two runs in 10 2-3 innings over his three previous spring training starts, gave up two runs in the second inning, one on doubles by Yan Gomes and Yunel Escobar, then was chased when Gomes hit a two-run single in a three-run third.

Toronto's Brett Cecil allowed one run and four hits in four innings.


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Clay Buchholz allowed one run and four hits in five innings, Cody Ross homered for the second straight afternoon and Boston beat Tampa Bay.

Buchholz, who struck out four and walked none, allowed his only run on Evan Longoria's second-inning homer - his first hit of spring training. Longoria was 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI.

Rays left-hander Matt Moore, back from a mild abdominal strain, gave up four runs, two hits and three walks in 2 1-3 innings, leaving after he walked the bases loaded in the third. He allowed solo homers to Ross and Josh Kroeger.


Ivan Nova allowed five runs in four innings and his hold on a spot in the New York Yankees' starting rotation grew more tenuous with a loss to a Baltimore Orioles split squad.

Nova, who was 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA as a rookie in 2011, has allowed 11 runs in 12 2-3 innings for a 7.82 spring ERA.

Adam Jones hit a three-run home run and Matt Wieters added a solo shot for Baltimore in a four-run first inning.

Alfredo Simon started for the Orioles and left after two innings with a groin injury.


The Braves' Mike Minor stretched his scoreless streak to 14 innings and Baltimore's Tsuyoshi Wada made his delayed debut as Atlanta and an Orioles split squad tied in 10 innings.

Minor allowed two hits in five innings, striking out three and walking one. He has given up just seven hits in his four starts and has 10 strikeouts to five walks.

Wada, signed by the Orioles after a successful career in Japan, struck out three while allowing a hit and a run in two innings. The left-hander had been sidelined since early in camp because of a sore elbow.

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones doubled in the second for his first extra-base hit of the spring. He is 5 for 12 since starting 0 for 10.


VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 2 with an RBI double and Doug Fister had seven of Detroit's 14 strikeouts as the Tigers beat Washington.

Fister struck out four of the first five batters he faced in a four-inning outing for Detroit.

Clete Thomas, trying to make the Tigers as an outfielder, had three RBIs and hit a towering solo homer for Detroit, which had 15 hits.

Nationals 19-year-old sensation Bryce Harper was 1 for 5 with four strikeouts and a double. He was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse after the game so he can gain experience in center field.


JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Adam Wainwright limited the Marlins to one hit and an unearned run in four innings and David Freese hit a go-ahead three-run homer as St. Louis beat Miami.

Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano allowed one run and four hits in four innings. Zambrano struck out seven, upping his spring total to 16 in 9 1-3 innings.

John Buck's single in the third inning was the lone hit off Wainwright.

Freese homered in the eighth inning.


SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Eric Hosmer went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer as Kansas City beat Cleveland in a win dampened by an elbow injury to closer Joakim Soria.

Soria, a two-time AL All-Star, left in the fifth inning with soreness in his right elbow after retiring only one of the five batters he faced and yielding three runs. Soria, who missed the 2003 season after having Tommy John surgery, has an 18.90 ERA in three appearances, allowing seven runs on 10 hits, a walk and a hit batter in 3 1-3 innings.

Indians starter Josh Tomlin took the loss, giving up six runs on 10 hits in four innings.

Lorenzo Cain went 2 for 2, raising his spring average to .517 and scored two runs for Kansas City.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Edinson Volquez endured three innings of hail, rain and wind as a San Diego split squad rallied to beat San Francisco.

Acquired from Cincinnati in December, Volquez gave up one run, two hits and four walks with one strikeout in his third spring training start. The Giants' only run came in the third inning when Emmanuel Burris hit a two-out triple and scored on a wild pitch.

San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner gave up four hits in five shutout innings with no walks and a pair of strikeouts.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Chris Young hit two doubles to lead an Arizona split squad over Cincinnati.

Adam Eaton had a double and triple, driving in three runs for the Diamondbacks.

Left-hander Tyler Skaggs, the Diamondbacks top pitching prospect, allowed one run on two hits over three innings.

Scott Rolen hit a three-run opposite field home run for the Reds.

Mike Leake allowed a run on two hits and a walk in four innings, his longest outing of the spring.


Trevor Cahill lost to his former team and dropped to 0-3 in spring training as Oakland beat an Arizona split squad for their ninth win in 10 games.

Cahill, acquired in December along with Craig Breslow for prospects, allowed two runs, two hits and two walks in three innings with two strikeouts.

Brandon Moss homered, had three hits and drove in four runs for the A's. Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer and Kila Ka'aihue added a solo drive.

Oakland starter Tyson Ross allowed four hits in three scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - On a wet, chilly day that even included some hail, the Angels' Dan Haren and the Dodgers' Chris Capuano managed to get their work in.

The Los Angeles rivals played a 5½-inning tie in a game shortened by a storm that included high winds and lightning

Haren was perfect through three innings before giving up a run in the fourth on Adam Kennedy's double and Juan Uribe's single.

Capuano gave up one run and two hits in four innings with three strikeouts and one walk.


MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Jordan Danks homered in the 10th inning, leading the White Sox to a victory over a Cubs split squad.

Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman threw three scoreless innings. He gave up only two hits and struck out three.

For the Sox, Zach Stewart - a candidate to make the staff as a reliever and spot starter - gave up two runs and six hits in three innings.


Joe Mather hit a tiebreaking solo home run off Sean Green in the ninth inning, giving the Chicago Cubs a split-squad victory over Texas.

Texas tied the score in the eighth against Alberto Cabrera when Guilder Rodriguez doubled and scored on Ryan Strausborger's single.

Texas starter Matt Harrison gave up one run and one hit in five innings. Cubs starter Chris Volstad allowed one run and four hits in four innings.