Grapefruit League game roundup: March 2
Recaps from March 2 action in the Grapefruit League.
Rays 4, Orioles 1
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb rebounded from a rough outing to pitch three overpowering innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Saturday.
Cobb, who struggled to get through two innings against Boston on Monday, allowed just one hit and struck out five on 36 pitches.
Nearly as good, Wei-Yin Chen gave up two hits in two innings in his spring training debut for Baltimore. Chen, who was 12-10 as the Orioles No. 2 starter last year, his first in the major leagues, needed only 23 pitches.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz yielded consecutive homers to Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar, a two-run shot, and second baseman Ryan Roberts.
Rays closer Fernando Rodney kept his perfect spring alive after pitching a hitless third. He struck out one.
Tigers (ss) 4, Pirates 1
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit his third home run of the spring and Drew Smyly pitched three perfect innings for a Detroit Tigers split squad in a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
Austin Jackson had one of Detroit’s three hits and scored twice.
Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown winner, was scheduled to leave Tigers camp later in the day, along with teammates Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez, to join Team Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic.
The 22-year-old Smyly, competing for the fifth spot in Detroit’s rotation, struck out two in his second start this spring.
Pittsburgh starter Jeanmar Gomez also went three innings. He gave up three hits, three walks and four runs, two on Cabrera’s opposite-field homer in the third.
Yankees 10, Tigers (ss) 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Nova allowed an infield single over two scoreless innings and the New York Yankees stopped a seven-game losing streak by beating a Detroit Tigers split squad 10-3 on Saturday.
Trying to make the rotation after faltering down the stretch last season, Nova struck out one during an outing in which he threw 22 of 27 pitches for strikes. The right-hander went 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA last year, down from 16-4 the year before.
New York’s Brett Gardner had two hits, and has at least one hit in all six of his spring training games this year. The speedy outfielder also stole two bases, and scored to tie it 1-all on Robinson Cano’s single after stealing second in the third.
Shawn Hill, signed by the Tigers as a minor league free agent last October, gave up two runs and five hits in 2 2-3 innings. Omar Infante had a third-inning sacrifice fly against David Aardsma.
Nationals 6, Cardinals 2
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright struggled with location in his second spring-training start, giving up five runs and eight hits over three innings Saturday in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.
Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals, allowing two runs and five hits in three innings.
Kurt Suzuki doubled off the Cardinals’ ace leading off the second and scored on Chris Marrero’s single. One out later. Anthony Rendon homered on a drive more than halfway up the batter’s eye beyond the center-field wall.
Eury Perez singled and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Ronny Cedeno following Danny Espinoza’s single. Chris Marrero added an RBI single in the third that put the Nationals ahead 5-1.
Blue Jays 11, Phillies 6
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey, but Jose Reyes and the Toronto Blue Jays touched up Cliff Lee in an 11-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Reyes and Melky Cabrera each doubled and Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in a two-run first inning off the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner. Lee allowed five hits, including Emilio Bonifacio’s solo shot in the second.
Dickey, the reigning Cy Young Award winner didn’t fare much better. He gave up four straight hits in the first — doubles by Kevin Frandsen and Michael Young, Howard’s homer and a single by Domonic Brown.
Reyes highlighted a four-run fourth inning for Toronto with a three-run homer on a blustery day. Carlos Ruiz and Erik Kratz added homers for Philadelphia.
Josh Johnson allowed a run in two innings for the win.
Astros 6, Braves 5
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Pena hit his first home run for the Houston Astros in a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Pena, who hit 181 homers over the past six seasons with Tampa Bay and the Chicago Cubs, signed a $2.9 million, one-year contract with the Astros this offseason. He is one of Houston’s few veterans and is expected be the club’s primary designated hitter during its first year in the American League.
Houston starter Dallas Keuchel pitched two scoreless innings. Philip Humber allowed one run in three innings and J.D. Martinez added a homer and two hits for the Astros, who committed four errors on a windy day.
Kris Medlen, slated to start on opening day for the Braves, went three innings in his second start of the spring and allowed one run. Freddie Freeman hit his second homer and Joey Terdoslavich went 4 for 4 to raise his average to .643.
Mets 8, Marlins 8
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Matt Harvey gave up a leadoff homerun to Marlins prospect Christian Yelich before settling down to strike out four in 2 2-3 innings, and the New York Mets and Miami tied 8-8 on Saturday.
Harvey allowed one run, three hits and walked one. He retired five in a row after Yelich’s homer, including three by strikeout.
Marlins starter Alex Sanabia, who is competing to be the team’s No. 5 starter, pitched two scoreless innings and struck out one.
Yelich continued his hot start, going 2 for 2 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks. He’s hitting .462 (6 of 13) in seven games. First baseman Joe Mahoney hit two home runs and had four RBIs for the Marlins.
Mets right fielder Lucas Duda hit his first homer of the spring and had two hits.
Red Sox 2, Twins 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Justin Morneau homered in his final game with Minnesota before leaving for the World Baseball Classic, but the Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Saturday.
Morneau, who will play for Canada in the WBC beginning Friday, led off the fourth inning with a drive that landed in a pond behind the right-field wall at Hammond Stadium.
Juan Carlos Linares went deep for Boston off starter Kyle Gibson, and the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Jonathan Diaz scored on Ryan Sweeney’s single.
Linares has yet to play in the major leagues.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Twins. Boston has won three consecutive games.
Attendance was 6,591 on a windy day.