Greinke’s start cut short because of groin tightness
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona ace Zack Greinke’s start against Cincinnati was cut short Wednesday after one inning because of right groin tightness.
Albert Suarez relieved to start the second.
Greinke was making his just second big league exhibition appearance this year. The 34-year-old right-hander pitched 1 2/3 innings against Milwaukee on Feb. 25, then made a pair of appearances in ”B” games.
Chris Sale pitched five shutout innings of two-hit ball and struck out seven, lowering his ERA to 1.00. Mitch Moreland homered in the third off Tyler Duffey, who gave up two runs – one earned – and four hits in three innings. Mookie Betts, batting .130, singled and drove in a run. Miguel Sano doubled.
Adam Wainwright allowed one run and four hits in five innings to outpitch Houston’s Justin Verlander, who gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings. A day after his spring training debut, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off Verlander. Carpenter had been sidelined by a back strain. Max Stassi doubled for the only extra-base hit off Wainwright.
Dan Straily allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. Christhian Adames tripled and raised his batting average to .318. Miguel Rojas, Adames competition at shortstop, had two hits and his batting .226. Mets starter Steven Matz allowed two runs, three hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits.
Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop off Chance Adams, who gave up five runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings. Baltimore’s Miguel Castro allowed four runs, four hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Colby Rasmus doubled twice. Wade LeBlanc allowed one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings for New York, and Erik Kratz homered.
Atlanta’s Julio Teheran allowed two runs and six hits, including Jorge Alfaro’s homer, in six innings. Phillies starter Ben Lively gave up three runs and four hits in five innings. Preston Tucker doubled and hit his first home run. Fernando Abad got just one out, allowing two runs and two hits. He has a 135.00 ERA.
RAYS 9, PIRATES 3
Rays starter Yonny Chirinos struck out six over three innings, allowing one run and three hits. Micah Johnson homered, stole a base and scored twice. Ivan Nova gave up( three runs and six hits in five innings.
Ian Kennedy allowed just one run and two hits, with two walks and three strikeouts, in the start for the Royals. However, Wily Peralta walked two and gave up four runs on four hits in just an inning of relief. Frank Schwindel doubled and hit a home run to drive in three runs.
Jhoulys Chacin did not give up an earned run over his 4 2/3 innings as the Brewers starter, lowering his spring ERA to 0.87. Ryan Braun homered off White Sox starter Carson Fulmer in each of the first two innings and Travis Shaw also went deep in the second as the Brewers finished with five home runs.
Fulmer lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs and five hits with three walks. Matt Skole had the White Sox’s only extra-base hit, a double off Yovani Gallardo.
Corey Kluber, the 2017 Cy Young Award winner, had a one-hitter through five innings and the Indians used five pitchers to shut out the Angels. Brandon Barnes hit his second home run. The Angels’ Matt Shoemaker gave up just two hits in five innings, and the one run he surrendered came on a home run by Tyler Naquin. Cam Bedrosian, son of former major league closer Steve Bedrosian, walked two and struck out a pair in an inning of relief. Eric Young Jr. doubled.
Arizona managed just one extra-base hit, a double by David Peralta. Robert Stephenson lasted two innings in the start for the Reds, giving up three runs on five hits. Scott Schebler and Tucker Barnhart both homered.
Ichiro Suzuki started in left field for the Mariners but left with a tight right calf before his scheduled leadoff spot came up. Shortstop Jean Segura exited after the third inning with hamstring tightness. Starter James Paxton struck out the side in the first inning and finished with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
DODGERS 11, ROCKIES 6
Enrique Hernandez hit a three-run homer for his third of the spring and added a two-run double to give him 12 RBIs. Colorado starter Jon Gray allowed five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings for his second straight rough outing, pushing his ERA to 10.22.
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