TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Eduardo Nunez got a hit, drove in a run and made an error while filling in for shortstop Derek Jeter as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-0 Wednesday.
Before the game, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he didn’t know whether Jeter will be available to play on opening day. Jeter got an anti-inflammatory shot in his surgically repaired left ankle and missed his second straight exhibition.
Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis went 0 for 4 playing against his longtime former team.
Boston starter Felix Doubront allowed four runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia pitched in a minor league game and gave up one run in six innings. He’s set to start the opener April 1 against the Red Sox.
Nationals 7, Marlins 5
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper had two hits and drove in four runs to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 Wednesday.
Harper had a two-run double in the third and a two-run single in the fifth, raising his spring batting average to .400 (20-for-50) with 12 RBIs. Chris Young allowed two hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Wade LeBlanc gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings. LeBlanc is among those vying for the Marlins No. 5 starter’s spot.
Washington’s Kurt Suzuki had two hits, including a solo homer off Tom Koehler in the ninth. Jayson Werth had two hits and a sacrifice fly.
Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI double and Rob Brantly’s two-run double highlighted Miami’s four-run sixth off Zach Duke.
Orioles 6, Blue Jays 5
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Nolan Reimold hit two of the Baltimore Orioles’ five solo home runs in a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
J.J. Hardy and Reimold hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning, and three batters later, Nate McLouth. In the third, Chris Davis and Reimold connected.
Zach Britton, who is in competition for the Orioles’ No. 5 starting job, allowed five runs and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings.
Emilio Bonifacio, who had three hits, had a two-run home run off Britton.
Jeremy Jeffress started for the Blue Jays and allowed the first three home runs in two innings.
Braves 18, Pirates 9
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons each hit two home runs and the Atlanta Braves bopped the Pittsburgh Pirates 18-9 Wednesday.
Freeman went 4 for 4 and drove in four runs. He’s hit five of his seven spring homers in the past six games and is batting .373 (22 for 59) this spring.
Simmons also doubled in his first game back from the World Baseball Classic.
Braves starter Mike Minor allowed 10 hits, including a homer by Andrew McCutchen, and five runs in four innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Kyle McPherson, competing for a spot in the Pirates’ rotation, gave up 10 hits and nine runs in 4 2-3 innings.