PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Detroit ace Justin Verlander pitched three perfect innings Friday in the Tigers’ 6-2 loss to the New York Mets.
Verlander fanned three, including a three-pitch strikeout of Mets star David Wright, who never swung during the at-bat.
Wright played his final game before leaving to join Team USA at the World Baseball Classic. He later hit an RBI single.
Mets starter Jonathon Niese threw three scoreless innings in his spring debut. He allowed three hits and struck out three.
Justin Turner and Marlon Byrd each had two hits for the Mets.
Prince Fielder got two hits for the Tigers and Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer.
Orioles 6, Pirates (ss) 5
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Brian Roberts had three hits and a home run, and Nolan Reimold and Wilson Betemit hit consecutive home runs Friday to lead the Baltimore Orioles over a Pittsburgh Pirates’ split squad 6-5.
Gaby Sanchez homered twice for the Pirates.
Limited by concussions, back surgery and hip surgery to 115 games during the past three seasons, Roberts hasn’t hit a regular-season home run since 2011. He connected in the first against James McDonald.
Reimold, who missed most of last year due to neck surgery, hit a two-run home run in the second ahead of Betemit’s homer. Reimold left the game after the homer.
McDonald, the loser, allowed four runs and six hits in three innings.
Making his spring training debut, winner Jason Hammel allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.
Blue Jays 5, Rays 4
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Brett Lawrie and Ricardo Nanita homered in the second inning off Jake Odorizzi, helping the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Friday.
Making his second start of spring training, Mark Buehrle allowed one run and three hits in two innings, struck out two and walked two.
Desmond Jennings reached base in each of his three plate appearances for Tampa Bay, walking twice against Buehrle. He added a single, two stolen bases and two runs.
Shelley Duncan’s solo homer in the fifth tied the score at 3.
Loser Mike Montgomery allowed three hits and a walk in the sixth, giving up RBI singles to Andy LaRoche and Adam Loewen. Dave Bush pitched one scoreless inning for his second spring training victory.
Twins 8, Marlins 7
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota Twins right-hander Vance Worley was satisfied with his pitching but unhappy with the results Friday in his team’s 8-7 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Making his second start, Worley allowed four runs — three earned — and six hits in two innings. He said felt good and threw the ball well, but the Marlins kept finding holes.
Henderson Alvarez allowed three runs and six hits in two innings in his second spring training start, and his last with the Marlins for a while. He’s now off to join the Venezuelan team for the World Baseball Classic.
Miami’s Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run homer. Giancarlo Stanton had a sacrifice fly in his final game before joining the U.S. team for the WBC.
Phillies 10, Yankees 5
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Roy Halladay allowed one run and three hits in 2 1-3 innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Yankees 10-5 Friday, New York’s seventh straight spring loss.
Halladay is coming off an injury-plagued year in which he had his fewest wins (11) since 2004 and the second-worst ERA (4.49) of his career. The righty missed nearly two months in the middle of the season because of a strained back muscle near his shoulder.
The 35-year old Halladay gave up one run in two innings during his first spring training start against Detroit. In a 44-pitch outing Friday, he struck out three and walked one.
Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs — one earned — and three hits over 1 2-3 innings in his initial exhibition game start for the Yankees.
Astros 8, Cardinals 8
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Kelly opened his bid for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting rotation with two hitless innings, and Adron Chambers hit a three-run homer in Friday’s 8-8 tie against the Houston Astros.
Among three candidates to replace the injured Chris Carpenter in the Cards’ rotation, Kelly walked one hitter in each inning.
Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma had two hits and drove in two runs each for the Cardinals, who have won five straight.
Chris Carter homered for the Astros, a fifth-inning drive off closer Jason Motte. Brandon Barnes and Brandon Lair also homered for Houston.
Houston starter Bud Norris struck out one and walked one in three innings, allowing Descalso’s two-run single in the second.
With Houston trailing by two runs in the ninth, Brandon Laird homered off Victor Marte leading off and Rene Garcia singled with one out. After a throwing error by shortstop Ryan Jackson, pinch-runner Delino DeShields scored on Marte’s wild pitch.
Nationals 6, Braves 5
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper homered for Washington, Jason Heyward went deep for Atlanta, and the Nationals knocked off the Braves 6-5 in a spring training game Friday night.
Harper hit his first homer of the spring in the top of the first. He finished 1 for 3, leaving his exhibition average at .538 (7 of 13).
Heyward hit his third spring homer in the bottom half. He also got down a bunt in the fifth, setting up B.J. Upton’s two-run double.
Julio Teheran struck out five in three innings, strengthening his bid for a spot in the Atlanta rotation. Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann surrendered five hits and two runs in three innings.
The Nationals wiped out a 4-1 deficit with a five-run eighth against loser Cory Rasmus. Carlos Rivera had a three-run double.
Red Sox 5, Pirates (ss) 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mike Napoli hit an RBI single in his first spring game for the Boston Red Sox, a 5-2 win Friday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Napoli joined Boston as a free agent in the offseason. He had been slowed in camp because of a hip problem. He went 1 for 2 and scored a run.
The Red Sox are looking for Napoli to be their primary first baseman. Pittsburgh tested the converted catcher right away when Darren Ford bunted on the first pitch. Napoli fielded the ball and beat Ford to the bag.
Napoli hit an RBI single off pitcher Jeff Locke’s right leg in the first inning.
Jon Lester pitched three scoreless innings for Boston in his second spring outing. He gave up one hit, struck out two and walked one.