Cactus roundup: Crawford hitless in debut
MAR 17, 2013 7:45p ET
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Carl Crawford made his first appearance in a Dodgers' uniform -- a green one at that -- going 0 for 3 as a Los Angeles split squad beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-1 Sunday.
Los Angeles obtained Crawford from the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 25, two days after he had surgery on his left elbow. Crawford had not played in a game since Aug. 19; his spring training was slowed when he felt nerve irritation on March 1.
Crawford, the Dodgers' designated hitter, flied out to center and twice grounded out to shortstop.
Adrian Gonzalez, obtained in the same trade along with Josh Beckett, hit a three-run homer off a slider from Yovani Gallardo in the first and a two-run homer in the fifth against Brad Kintzler. Mark Ellis also homered in the inning.
The Dodgers wore green jerseys and caps for St. Patrick's Day
Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. Gallardo gave up three runs and five hits in two innings.
GIANTS 9, ROCKIES 7
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Hunter Pence had three hits and Cole Gillespie, trying to win a spot on the major league roster, hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the San Francisco Giants a 9-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
San Francisco played without All-Star third baseman and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval, scratched from the lineup because of right elbow discomfort. He was replaced by Joaquin Arias.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he thinks Sandoval will be fine, as he has dealt with the injury before. Sandoval felt some numbness in his fingers on a throw during pregame warmups and will receive more treatment Monday, Bochy said.
Pence drove in two runs and scored twice. Brandon Belt also had three hits and two RBIs as the Giants tagged Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin for four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.
ROYALS 10, WHITE SOX 0
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Luis Mendoza returned from Mexico's World Baseball Classic team to pitch four-hit ball over five innings, combining with four relievers on a five-hitter Sunday in the Kansas City Royals' 10-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Mendoza struck out four, walked one and lowered his spring training ERA to 0.82 in 11 innings. He threw 42 of 63 pitches for strikes.
Mendoza is competing for Kansas City's final rotation spot with Bruce Chen, who gave up five home runs Saturday to the Chicago Cubs.
Kansas City had 18 hits, two each by Billy Butler and Alex Gordon. The Royals batted around in a four-run first inning that Gordon led off with a broken-bat single and included run-producing singles by Butler, Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur.
White Sox starter Zach Stewart allowed seven runs, eight hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings, retiring eight of 18 batters.
MARINERS 4, RANGERS 3
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Blake Beavan turned in his best performance of the spring Sunday, allowing one run and three hits in six solid innings to help the Seattle Mariners beat a Texas Rangers split squad 4-3.
Mariners centerfielder Franklin Gutierrez played his first game since March 9. He was out because of tightness in his legs. Gutierrez batted leadoff and went 0 for 2 with a walk.
The 24-year-old Beavan is competing with Jon Garland, Erasmo Ramirez, Jeremy Bonderman and Brandon Maurer for one of two remaining spots in the starting rotation. He was perfect through three innings before running into trouble in the fourth.
Seattle left fielder Raul Ibanez hit a two-run home run off Texas closer Joe Nathan in the fourth inning. Designated hitter Kendrys Morales added a two-run shot in the eighth.
ANGELS 7, PADRES 4
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Vernon Wells hit his fourth spring training home run and Mike Trout had a two-run triple to back C.J. Wilson on Sunday in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-4 win over a San Diego Padres' split squad.
Wells hit a two-run homer in the fourth on a slider from Freddy Garcia to put the Angels ahead 5-1. Wells went 2 for 2 and is batting .423 (11 for 26).
Trout, the AL Rookie of the Year, tripled in the third.
Wilson allowed one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Making his fifth spring training start, Garcia, wearing a green Padres cap on St. Patrick's Day, gave up six runs and six hits in five innings with four strikeouts.
San Diego third baseman Chase Headley left the game in the second inning because of a jammed left thumb.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, DODGERS 1
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Aaron Hill homered, doubled and singled while driving in four runs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-1 in a split-squad game Sunday.
Trevor Cahill, the No. 2 starter in the Arizona rotation, allowed one hit in five scoreless innings, his best outing of the spring. He struck out five and walked two.
Hill's big day, in front of a record crowd of 12,809 at Salt River Fields, boosted his spring batting average to .452 with nine RBIs in 11 games.
Ted Lilly had a rough start for Los Angeles, allowing five runs and five hits in two-plus innings. He faced five batters without getting an out in Arizona's four-run third.
Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp hit his first home run of the spring.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, PADRES 6
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Patrick Corbin had another strong spring start, pitching into the fifth inning Sunday as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 in a game between split squads.
The left-hander who threw 107 innings in the major leagues last season and is competing for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, allowed one run on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four.
Diamondbacks first baseman Kila Ka'aihue homered, had two hits and drove in four runs. Arizona designated hitter Didi Gregorious had three hits and two RBIs.
ATHLETICS 12, CUBS 6
PHOENIX (AP) -- Adam Rosales hit two-run homers, one in the seventh and one in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat a Chicago Cubs' split squad 12-6 Sunday.
Rosales homered off Jason Berken in the seventh for an 8-6 lead, then homered against Steve Perakilis to drive in the final two runs.
Chris Young hit a three-run homer in the first off Scott Baker, making his first start since elbow ligament-replacement surgery while with Minnesota last April 17. Baker got one out and gave up three hits and two walks.
Josh Donaldson had a three-run homer in the third against Cory Wade.
Chicago's Dave Sappelt had a solo homer in the second off Tommy Milone, who allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. Brent Lillibridge added a two-run homer in the sixth against Hideki Okajima, tying the score 6-6.
REDS 7, INDIANS 7
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Xavier Paul and Todd Frazier homered in Cincinnati's five-run first inning against Cleveland Opening Day starter Justin Masterson before the Reds and Indians tied 7-7 in a game called after nine innings Sunday.
Paul connected after singles by Zack Cozart and Joey Votto. Frazier's shot followed a walk to Jay Bruce. It was the second home run of the spring for both players.
Masterson got through the rocky first and pitched shutout ball from there. He went four innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. The right-hander whiffed four of his last six batters.
Reds starter Mat Latos, who struggled early in his previous two starts, retired his first four batters. But he gave up an unearned run in the third and two runs in the fourth. Latos went five innings, yielding six hits and striking out three.
RANGERS 8, CUBS 5
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer off Carlos Villanueva, Robbie Ross pitched three scoreless innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 in a matchup of split squads.
Villanueva pitched four innings, allowing four hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out two.
Jose Felix also hit a two-run homer in seventh for Texas.
Ross gave up four hits and three walks. He struck out three. He left six on base, including the bases loaded in the third.
Nate Schierholtz homered to right leading off the sixth and Tim Saunders had a two-run shot in the eighth for the Cubs.
Chad Bell got the save, striking out Brad Nelson with the bases loaded.