PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Jose Bautista hit his fifth home run of the spring, a long solo shot that helped the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Thursday.
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Colby Rasmus and Eugenio Velez also homered for Toronto.
The Rays’ only run came in the sixth inning on an infield single from James Loney.
Four Blue Jays pitchers, led by starter Claudio Vargas, combined to allow only six hits and struck out nine.
Roberto Hernandez, competing for the Rays’ fifth spot in the rotation, pitched six sharp innings, allowing one run and three hits.
Cardinals 3, Mets 2
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — David Freese homered in his first game in a week and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 3-2 Thursday.
Freese had been out since March 14 with back stiffness stemming from a hard fall he took while chasing a foul ball. The 2011 World Series MVP hit a leadoff home run in the fourth and played five innings in the field.
Mets infielder Justin Turner got a hit in his return from a sprained ankle. He had a pinch-hit single in the sixth, then went from first to third on hit.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright gave up two runs on three hits, including a two-run triple by Matt den Dekker, in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out three and walked three.
Mets starter Jeremy Hefner allowed two runs on five hits with three walks in five innings. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth.
Braves 4, Nationals 3
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Hudson tuned up for his opening day start with six scoreless innings and Justin Upton hit a towering home run to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 Thursday night.
Before the game, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hudson would make his third opening day start for Atlanta.
Hudson came into the game with a 5.40 ERA this spring. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none while throwing 45 of his 65 pitches for strikes.
Upton’s homer leading off the sixth inning against Nationals starter Dan Haren cleared the scoreboard in deep left-center field. It was his fifth homer of the spring and gave him 17 RBIs in 20 games.
Haren worked 5 1-3 innings and allowed eight hits and four runs.
Astros 7, Tigers 2
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Tigers ace Justin Verlander gave three home runs and the Houston Astros beat Detroit 7-2 Thursday night.
Carlos Corporan hit two homers for the Astros. Brandon Laird and Matt Dominguez also homered Houston.
Verlander allowed four earned runs in 5 2-3 innings. He has a 4.74 ERA this spring.
Lucas Harrell, who will pitch the second game of the season for Houston, gave up two runs in five innings.
Victor Martinez doubled and singled for the Tigers.
Astros first baseman Brett Wallace sustained shoulder spasms in his right trapezoid diving back to first on a pickoff move and is considered day-to-day.
Red Sox 6, Phillies 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston starter John Lackey pitched five sharp innings, Philadelphia opening day starter Cole Hamels threw six good innings and the Red Sox beat the Phillies 6-1 Thursday night.
Facing a Red Sox lineup that looked ready for the regular season, Hamels gave up one run and four hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Lackey allowed one run and four hits, with no walks and one strikeout.
Shane Victorino’s bases-loaded triple off Michael Stutes highlighted Boston’s five-run seventh.
The Phillies got a run off Lackey in the first when Pete Orr singled, Jimmy Rollins doubled and Michael Young had an RBI groundout.
The Red Sox scored in the second when Will Middlebrooks led off with a double, Jonny Gomes singled and Daniel Nava hit a sacrifice fly.
Orioles 0, Pirates 0
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Jake Arrieta continued to make his case for the Orioles’ No. 5 starter, throwing six-hit ball for six innings, and Baltimore and the Pittsburgh Pirates played to a 0-0 tie in 10 innings Thursday night.
Jonathan Sanchez, trying to make the Pirates’ staff, gave up two hits in five innings, striking out four and walking one. In his last two starts, Sanchez has pitched eight shutout innings, allowing three hits.
Arrieta struck out nine and walked two. He’s pitched 14 2-3 shutout innings over his last three starts, allowing 11 hits, striking out 16 and walking five.
This was the second scoreless 10-inning game in two days. The Giants and Brewers had a rare 0-0 tie Wednesday.
Twins 6, Yankees 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Robinson Cano rejoined the Yankees from the World Baseball Classic and got New York’s only hit Thursday night in a 6-1 loss to Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Cano was picked as the MVP of the WBC after hitting .469 with two homers and six RBIs for the champion Dominican Republic.
Cano singled in the fourth inning off Twins starter Liam Hendriks. The All-Star second baseman also made an error.
Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera struck out three in one scoreless inning.
Drew Butera hit a three-run double in the Twins’ five-run fourth.
Minnesota third base prospect Miguel Sano had a pair of singles in his first major league spring training game.