Grapefruit League game roundup: March 29

Recaps from March 29 action in the Grapefruit League.

Mets 7, Cardinals 2
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — David Wright made his first appearance in a big league game since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0 for 3 and playing five innings for the New York Mets in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Wright was a late scratch from the United States’ game against the Dominican Republic on march 14. He received a cortisone shot in his left side a day later.
Ruben Tejada hit a two-run double and scored on Collin Cowgill’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Cowgill was pinch hitting for Matt Harvey, who gave up three hits in four shutout innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook allowed four runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Center fielder Jon Jay went 2 for 2.

Yankees 4, Nationals 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andy Pettitte ducked to avoid a twirling piece of broken bat during his six-inning stint, Kevin Youkilis hit his sixth homer of spring training and the New York Yankees wrapped up their major league exhibition schedule by beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday.

Pettitte put his left hand on his cap as he kneeled to avoid the jagged bat when Wilson Ramos grounded out in the third inning. The lefty wasn’t shaken, and allowed two runs — one earned — and five hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter while throwing 81 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Washington’s unearned run came in the fourth after third baseman Youkilis’ throwing error.

New York scored four runs in the top of that inning off Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.

Twins 8, Red Sox 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota’s Cole DeVries came out after three hitless innings due to a sore right forearm as the Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 Friday.

DeVries, scheduled to make his first start of the season on April 6 at Baltimore, allowed one earned run during 17 innings in spring training and held batters to a .071 average.

Pitching coach Rick Anderson said it appeared the soreness was a muscle issue.

Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster gave up three hits and four walks in four innings with four strikeouts.

Tigers 8, Rays 3

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Hours after rotation-mate Justin Verlander got the biggest contract ever given to a pitcher, Max Scherzer extended his dominant spring training with six innings of one-hit ball as the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 on Friday.

Verlander agreed to a $180 million, seven-year contract, topping Felix Hernandez for the richest deal for a pitcher in baseball history.

Scherzer, the Tigers’ No. 5 starter, finishes the spring with a 0.57 ERA. He struck out nine and has only allowed one earned run over 25 1-3 innings.

Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed eight runs — six earned — in three innings. He yielded homers to Prince Fielder, Alex Avila and Omar Infante.

Miguel Cabrera had two doubles for the Tigers and Austin Jackson tripled.

Sam Fuld homered off Octavio Dotel for the Rays.

Blue Jays 1, Phillies 0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starters Mark Buehrle and Cliff Lee both looked sharp in their final exhibition tuneups and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Friday night.

J.P. Arencibia homered in the fifth inning off Phillipe Aumont for the lone run.

Buehrle was impressive in five innings for Toronto, allowing two hits. He struck out five and walked none.

Lee allowed allowing only Jose Bautista’s double in four innings. He struck out five, walked none and retired the final 10 batters.

Cubs 6, Astros 6 (10)

HOUSTON (AP) — Chicago’s Edwin Jackson got off to a slow start on Friday night against the Houston Astros. When he settled down, he was almost unhittable.

Jackson struck out nine as the Cubs and Astros played to a 6-6 tie in 10 innings in an exhibition game.

Jackson plunked leadoff hitter Jose Altuve before walking Brett Wallace. Chris Carter then doubled in a pair with one out before Jackson struck out two straight to end the inning.

Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez hit an opposite-field, three-run homer in the second before Jackson retired nine of the next 10 batters, striking out seven of them. He was replaced by James Russell for the fifth inning.

His nine strikeouts were one more than he’d had in his previous five spring starts.