Wolf throws 3 scoreless innings in Brewers loss

AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP) Milwaukee’s biggest offseason acquisition is on his way to a nice spring with his new team.

Randy Wolf struck out four in three scoreless innings, but Gabe Gross hit a two-run triple against his former team in the seventh and Michael Taylor added a three-run homer in the eighth to power the Oakland Athletics to a 7-3 win over a Brewers split-squad on Thursday.

Ryan Braun had a two-run homer for Milwaukee.

Wolf agreed to a $29.75 million, three-year deal during December’s winter meetings and has not allowed a run in five innings this spring. But the left-hander’s outing was far from perfect. He gave up two singles to Mark Ellis and leadoff walks to begin the second and third innings.

Updated March 11, 2010

Votto homers, Reds beat Brewers 3-1

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Joey Votto homered for his first hit of spring training, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory over a Milwaukee Brewers split-squad on Thursday.

Votto hit a solo shot off left-hander Chris Capuano, who is trying to resume his career after reconstructive elbow surgery. Votto was 0 for 9 before he homered in the sixth inning.

Capuano gave up a pair of runs, three hits and two walks in 2 1-3 innings, including an RBI triple by Chris Dickerson. The 31-year-old Capuano missed the last two seasons because of elbow problems.

Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto pitched three scoreless innings, a big improvement over his first spring outing.

Updated March 11, 2010