Cactus roundup: Morse bashes sixth homer

Morse belts sixth spring homer for Mariners; Crawford gets two hits, two RBIs for Dodgers.


-- Michael Morse broke a sixth-inning tie with his sixth home run of spring training, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Monday.

Morse homered off starter A.J. Griffin for a 4-3 lead, and Dustin Ackley added an RBI single later in the inning against Ryan Cook. Ackley added another run-scoring single in the eighth off Pat Neshek.

Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, one of the candidates to become the Mariners' No. 2 spot behind Felix Hernandez, gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, including Derek Norris' two-run homer.

Oakland's Coco Crisp leaped and reached over the center-field fence to rob Jesus Montero of what appeared would be a two-run homer in the second.


-- Carl Crawford got two hits and two RBIs in his second spring training appearance for the Dodgers, and Josh Beckett was scratched because of flu as Los Angeles lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Monday.

After going 0 for 3 Sunday against Milwaukee in his delayed debut, Crawford again was the designated hitter. He lined a single to left in the third and singled in two runs in the fifth with a drive to center, both against Randall Delgado.

Crawford is coming off left elbow surgery on Aug. 23, two days before the Dodgers obtained him from Boston. He was slowed by nerve irritation in the elbow on March 1.

Beckett, acquired from the Red Sox in the same trade, threw 76 pitches over six innings in a simulated game rather than face the Diamondbacks.

Dodgers starter Josh Wall allowed Eric Hinske's RBI single in the second. Adam Eaton hit a two-run triple off Peter Moylan in the third and Paul Goldschmidt had a solo homer off Paco Rodriguez in the fourth.


-- Ubaldo Jimenez struck out five in 5 1/3 innings Monday, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2,

Jimenez, eager to bounce back from two subpar seasons, allowed two runs, seven hits and a walk.

Marco Estrada, returning to the Brewers from the World Baseball Classic, gave up one run, three hits and three walks in 2 1-3 innings. He walked Mark Reynolds with the bases loaded in the first.

Jean Segura hit two singles for the Brewers and is hitting .351. Blake Lalli doubled in a run against Jimenez.

Drew Stubbs singled and doubled in three at-bats for Cleveland. Lou Marson and Ezequiel Carrera singled in runs off Alfredo Figaro, and Cord Phelps hit an RBI triple.

Home plate umpire Patrick Mahoney was hit on the head on Reynolds' backswing and was replaced by Jordan Baker after a 12-minute delay.


SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) --
Yu Darvish was scratched from his start because of a mild neck strain and Derek Lowe filled in with three scoreless innings, leading the Texas Rangers to an 8-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

The Rangers scratched Darvish, the Japanese star who won 16 games as a rookie, with what the club termed a "very minor" neck strain. Darvish said if it was a regular-season game he would have made the start.

Ian Kinsler went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer for Texas.

Lowe, who signed a minor league contract March 6 with the Rangers, yielded three singles, walked one and struck out three against a Royals club that entered the game with a spring training-best .335 batting average.

Ervin Santana, acquired in an offseason trade with the Los Angeles Angels, allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jay Bruce hit a long home run and Bronson Arroyo pitched effectively into the sixth inning, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Bruce's shot, which landed near the top of the lawn seating behind the right-field fence, came on a full-count pitch from reliever Christian Friedrich in the sixth inning. Bruce struck out in his other two at-bats.

Arroyo allowed a run and scattered five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa gave up a run on two hits and two walks in five innings.

Before the game, Rockies manager Walt Weis said Jhoulys Chacin will be the team's opening day starter and Jeff Francis will start the home opener.


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -
- Edwin Jackson allowed one run and three hits in six innings, and the Chicago Cubs rested most of their regulars on Monday in a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

In his longest outing of spring training, Jackson struck out three and walked one.

Padres starter Clayton Richard allowed Javier Baez's RBI groundout in the fourth and Dave Sappelt's three-run homer in the fifth. Richard gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out four and walked none. He also had an RBI single in the fifth.

The Cubs used reserves after three days of split-squad games and plan to start their regulars on Tuesday.

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