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|Beckett struggles in Dodgers' 8-5 loss to Mariners (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 11:08 pm]
Los Angeles starter Josh Beckett gave up three home runs in three innings in the Dodgers' 8-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in split-squad game. Seattle's Jesus Montero hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Stefen Romero followed with another shot. With two out in the third, Nick Franklin's pop fly eluded the Dodgers' fielders for a double, and Justin Smoak followed with a two-run homer. Beckett allowed six hits and five earned runs.
Ramirez hits 3-run double in return to Brewers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 5:15 pm]
Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run double in the first inning on the first pitch he saw this spring, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Saturday. Ramirez went 2 for 2 with a walk and scored a run in his spring debut. Marco Estrada, making his third start of the spring for the Brewers, gave up three runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki, facing the team that traded him during the offseason, had a two-run single in the third inning.
Brantley has 4 hits, Indians tie Padres 4-4 in 10 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 4:52 pm]
Michael Brantley extended his strong start to the spring with four more hits, including two doubles, as the Cleveland Indians tied the San Diego Padres 4-4 in 10 innings Saturday. In five Cactus League games, Brantley is hitting .615 (8 for 13) with three doubles. Josh Johnson went three innings for the Padres. He allowed four hits, though one came when left fielder Seth Smith lost Jason Kipnis' fly ball in the sun, and walked one.
Anderson goes 3 innings, Rockies beat A's 5-4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 4:27 pm]
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brett Anderson pitched three positive innings in his first start against his former team on Saturday, helping the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Heyward, Upton lead Braves in tie with Marlins (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 3:50 pm]
Jason Heyward went 3 for 3, Justin Upton drove in three runs with a single and a double, and an Atlanta Braves split squad tied the Miami Marlins 6-6 on Saturday in a game stopped after nine innings. ''You want to get your swing as soon as possible.'' Upton came into the game batting just .167, but drove in Heyward with a first-inning double and plated him again on a two-run single in the fourth. ''It was something to definitely build on.'' Casey McGehee homered and Rob Brantley had a three-run double and a single for the Marlins. ''Results are secondary right now.'' STARTING TIME Braves: Freddy Garcia, who had retired 15 straight batters in his first two starts for the Braves, allowed six runs on six hits and four walks before being pulled after 2 2/3 innings.
Martin homers, Liriano sharp as Pirates beat Rays (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 3:35 pm]
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Russell Martin homered for the third time this spring and drove in four runs to lead Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
Cardinals' LHP Garcia sidelined by shoulder pain (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 3:08 pm]
St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia will have his sore shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Garcia will also have a rehabilitation plan set up by physical therapists in Andrews' office in Birmingham, Ala. ''That will really set the course of action for the next couple of weeks,'' Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday.
Johnson homers in Yankees' win over Astros (ss) (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 2:35 pm]
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Kelly Johnson homered after Mark Teixeira's first hit of the spring, and the New York Yankees beat a Houston Astros split squad 9-6 on Saturday.
Jose Bautista homers, Blue Jays beat Twins 4-3 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 2:24 pm]
Jose Bautista hit his third home run of the spring for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-3 victory Saturday over the Minnesota Twins, who got three scoreless innings from newcomer Phil Hughes. Hughes signed a $24 million, three-year contract in the offseason after spending his first seven seasons with the New York Yankees. The right-hander missed most of spring training with a back injury last year and struggled mightily in the regular season, going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA with the Yankees. Adam Lind was 2 for 2 with two doubles for the Blue Jays.
Norris pitches well as Orioles beat Red Sox 7-3 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 2:09 pm]
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Bud Norris pitched three shutout innings in his second start of the spring, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Saturday in the first of two split squad games between the teams.
Dodgers' Puig excused for personal reason (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 2:04 pm]
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been excused because of a personal matter.
Cardinals, 3B Carpenter agree to $52M, 6-year deal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 10:27 am]
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals and third baseman Matt Carpenter have agreed to a $52 million, six-year contract.
Shields, Vargas to start season for Royals (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 8, 2014, 10:10 am]
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- James Shields and Jason Vargas will start the Kansas City Royals' first two games of the season at Detroit.
Ramirez returns, homers to send Dodgers over Texas (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 7, 2014, 7:09 pm]
Hanley Ramirez returned to the lineup and hit his first homer this spring, a two-run shot in the first inning that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Texas Rangers 2-1 Friday. Carl Crawford drew a walk from Martin Perez, and Ramirez homered to center field. Ramirez's return from thumb and hamstring injuries on June 4 last season helped spark a 46-10 run that carried Los Angeles from last place to first in the NL West. ''I think Hanley is getting his timing,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Kazmir pitches 3 scoreless innings in A's debut (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 7, 2014, 6:19 pm]
Scott Kazmir pitched three sharp innings in his Oakland debut, sending the Athletics to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Left-hander Wade Miley had a strong effort for Arizona, pitching five innings and giving up an unearned run on three hits. The unearned run came in the fifth inning when Josh Reddick scored on a grounder by Stephen Vogt that was booted for an error by Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius. Daric Barton drove in Oakland's second run with a single in the eighth.
Tulowitzki's 2 HRs power Rockies past Angels 7-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 7, 2014, 5:47 pm]
Troy Tulowitzki hit two long home runs and impressed in the field on Friday, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 7-2 victory over a Los Angeles Angels split squad. Tulowitzki, healthy in the spring for the first time in several years, sent the first pitch he saw from Joe Blanton halfway up the sloping lawn beyond left field in the first inning. ''I'm just trying to keep my body healthy,'' Tulowitzki said. Tulowitzki has dealt with wrist, groin and rib injuries in the past four seasons.
Lincecum pitches 3 solid, Pence homers for Giants (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 7, 2014, 5:29 pm]
Tim Lincecum pitched three strong innings and Hunter Pence homered as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Friday. The Giants re-signed him to a two-year, $35 million contract in the offseason. ''Since the contract got finalized, it's just about focusing on the season and the two years ahead of me,'' Lincecum said. Tony Abreu, who played for the Royals in 2012, singled home Gregor Blanco in the third inning for the Giants.
AP Source: Perez, D-backs agree to $4.25M deal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 7, 2014, 3:48 pm]
PHOENIX (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations says left-hander Oliver Perez and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $4.25 million, two-year contract.
McCutchen gets HR, 3 hits, Pirates lose to Twins (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 7, 2014, 2:54 pm]
Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. ''They don't count in the spring.'' McCutchen's two-run homer was part of a five-run barrage against Minnesota starter Vance Worley in 1 2-3 innings. In the first inning, the Pirates sent nine batters to the plate and scored three times. McCutchen doubled and scored on Travis Snider's two-run single.
Harper, Ramos homer, Nationals top Astros (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: March 7, 2014, 2:46 pm]
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos both hit mammoth home runs in the first inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 8-5 Friday.