Cactus roundup: Ethier homers for Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Dee Gordon a two-run double in the second Wednesday, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 10-2 victory over a Mexico team preparing for the World Baseball Classic.

Zack Greinke was scratched from his start for the Dodgers because of flu-like symptoms. Greinke missed a bullpen session Sunday because of tightness in his right foreman. He would have been limited to 45 pitches had he pitched Wednesday.

Instead, Stephen Fife started and pitched three scoreless innings before giving up a home run to Mexico shortstop Ramiro Pena in the fourth.

Matt Kemp was 0 for 3, but had two RBIs on a fielder’s choice in the first and again in the second. Kemp, who is coming off shoulder surgery, has yet to get a hit this spring. He is 0 for 11.

INDIANS 4, DODGERS 0

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Jason Giambi drove in two runs and Justin
Masterson outpitched Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday, leading the Cleveland
Indians to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The
42-year-old Giambi signed a minor league deal with Cleveland just ahead
of the start of spring training with hopes of playing one more season in
an 18-year career. He singled and hit a sacrifice fly to pace the
Indians offense.

Masterson pitched three-hit ball with four scoreless innings. He struck out three, while inducing three double-play grounders.

Ryu
agreed to a $36 million, six-year deal with Los Angeles in December. He
allowed two runs on three hits in three innings. The five-time Korean
Baseball Organization strikeout leader struck out five.

ANGELS 12, ITALY 6

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jered Weaver struck out five in three innings and top prospect Kaleb Cowart drove in three runs as the Los Angeles Angels beat Team Italy 12-6 Wednesday.

Weaver allowed one run in his second spring start. The three-time All-Star went 20-5 last season and will start on Opening Day next month.

Cowart had two hits.

Italy’s team in the World Baseball Classic was led by Seattle prospect Alex Liddi. He hit an RBI double off Weaver and later hit a two-run homer off Jerome Williams.

The Italian lineup also included Nick Punto of the Dodgers, Chris Denorfia of the Padres, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs and Drew Butera of the Twins.

RANGERS 3, CUBS 2

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Lance Berkman hit his first home run of spring training, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday.

Mitch Moreland had a run-scoring single and Ian Kinsler drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly for the Rangers, who have won three of four.

Texas starter Robbie Ross, a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed one run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Alexi Ogando, the Rangers’ projected fourth starter, went three innings and gave up a run on two hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Cubs starter Hisanori Takahashi struggled in his three-inning stint, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Takahashi, who signed a minor league contract with Chicago in hopes of a spot in the bullpen, struck out four.
    
BREWERS 7, MARINERS 6

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Rickie Weeks got three hits and roster hopefuls Khris Davis and Hunter Morris homered as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Seattle 7-6 Wednesday, ending the Mariners’ 10-game winning streak.

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer and Michael Morse also connected for the Mariners. Seattle’s winning string had been its longest ever in spring training.

Brewers starter Mike Fiers, vying to open the season with the club, went 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs and three hits.

Two Mariners pitchers competing for spots in the starting rotation, Blake Beavan and Erasmo Ramirez, pitched three innings each. Beavan allowed three runs on six hits and Ramirez shut out the Brewers on one hit.

ROYALS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 1

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Alex Gordon hit a grand slam, James Shields pitched three scoreless innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in spring training.

Gordon also doubled and scored two twice, and Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur each drove in a run as Kansas City improved to 11-0-1 in the Cactus League.

The Royals played without Eric Hosmer, who was summoned by the U.S. to replace the injured Mark Teixeira in the World Baseball Classic. Billy Butler started in his place at first base.

Trevor Cahill allowed a run on six hits in 2 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks. Former Royals first baseman Kila Ka’aihue drove in their only run with a single in the sixth inning.