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Spring training roundup: Pirates' Henry Davis stays hot at plate

Spring training roundup: Pirates' Henry Davis stays hot at plate

Former No. 1 overall pick Henry Davis clubbed his second homer in as many games as the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Saturday afternoon in Lakeland, Fla.

Davis, the top pick of the 2021 draft, hit a solo shot in the top of the first to continue an impressive start to spring training. He is 5-for-13 with two homers and six RBIs through five games.

Matt Gorski also went deep and Jack Suwinski headlined a five-run fifth with a two-run single for the Pirates. Brady Feigl (1-0) pitched just one-third of an inning but still managed to get the win.

Andy Ibanez had a solo home run for Detroit, which got its other two runs from a pair of walks with the bases loaded.

Red Sox 4, Nationals 2

Tanner Houck allowed just one hit across three innings of scoreless relief as host Boston got the best of Washington in Fort Myers, Fla.

Houck (1-0) walked one and struck out five after Brayan Bello started and surrendered two runs on one hit across three innings. Cutter Coffey and Tyler Miller hit home runs as the Red Sox overcame an early 2-0 deficit.

Riley Adams had an RBI single for the Nationals. Cole Henry (0-2) was tagged with the loss, permitting three runs on four hits in two innings.

Astros 7, Cardinals 1

Cristian Javier scattered a pair of walks across three hitless innings to guide Houston past visiting St. Louis in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Javier (1-0) fanned three before turning things over to six relievers who combined to allow just one run on six hits. Miguel Palma hit a two-run blast for the Astros.

The Cardinals' lone run came on Nick Raposo's RBI groundout in the seventh.

Red Sox 3, Rays 2

Joe Dunand hit a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth as Boston earned a split-squad victory over host Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Rob Refsnyder put the Red Sox ahead 2-1 in the sixth with a solo home run of his own, but the Rays drew even in the seventh thanks to Nick Meyer's run-scoring double. Colby White (0-1) surrendered Dunand's game-winning long ball.

Tampa Bay finished with five hits and went just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Phillies 3, Twins 2

Felix Reyes ripped a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh that allowed Philadelphia to edge visiting Minnesota in Clearwater, Fla.

Nick Castellanos went 1-for-2 with a solo home run for the Phillies, who utilized eight pitchers, including Andrew Bellatti. Bellatti (1-0) walked one and struck out one during a scoreless inning of relief.

Brooks Lee had an RBI double and Ryan Jeffers homered for the Twins.

Orioles 7, Yankees 3

Baltimore scored seven unanswered runs to open the game to defeat visiting New York in Sarasota, Fla.

Kyle Stowers smacked a two-run blast and Austin Hays added a solo shot to headline the Orioles' rally. Cole Irvin got the start and threw three scoreless innings and Dillon Tate (1-0) got the win with an innings of relief.

Yankees right-hander Marcus Stroman pitched four innings, scattering two hits and fanning three without allowing a run. Brandon Lockridge ripped a two-run single for New York.

Braves 6, Blue Jays 2

Jordan Luplow had a two-run homer and Atlanta topped host Toronto in Dunedin, Fla.

Braves starter Reynaldo Lopez improved to 1-1 by allowing just two hits in three scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out three. Drake Baldwin cleared the bases with a double in the eighth for Atlanta.

Danny Jansen and Zach Britton each had an RBI double to account for the Blue Jays' runs. Chris Bassitt (0-1) was hit around for three runs on three hits in three innings.

Marlins 4, Mets 1

Six pitchers combined to allow just four hits as host Miami knocked off New York in Jupiter, Fla.

Eury Perez (1-0) set the tone for the Marlins with 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. He issued one walk and recorded two strikeouts. Patrick Monteverde tallied a six-out save, and Jazz Chisholm Jr., Avisail Garcia and Curt Casali had run-scoring doubles for Miami.

The Mets didn't push a run across until Brett Baty homered in the seventh.

Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) to see specialist

Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) to see specialist

Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. has been diagnosed with irritation around the meniscus in his right knee and will have the injury evaluated further.

An MRI performed Friday showed the condition. He was removed from the lineup in the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday as a precaution because of right knee soreness, the team said.

The reigning National League MVP, Acuna will visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Monday for evaluation, per reports. ElAttrache surgically repaired Acuna's torn right ACL in July 2021.

Acuna was involved in a rundown in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Twins, and the knee issue apparently occurred during that play.

Acuna, 26, was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2018 and is a four-time All-Star.

In 2023, Acuna became the first 40-70 player in baseball history with 41 home runs and 73 stolen bases, the latter which led the major leagues. He also led the majors in hits (217), runs (149), on-base percentage (.416) and total bases (383).

In 673 career games, Acuna is batting .292 with 767 hits, 161 homers, 402 RBIs and 180 stolen bases.

The Braves signed the outfielder to an eight-year, $100 million deal in 2019.

Reports: Matt Chapman lands 3-year, $54M deal with Giants

Reports: Matt Chapman lands 3-year, $54M deal with Giants

The San Francisco Giants, who came up short in recent years when bidding for high-end free agents such as Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani, reportedly landed a star late Friday night.

Third baseman Matt Chapman agreed to a three-year, $54 million deal with the Giants, multiple media outlets reported.

The contract reportedly grants Chapman opt-out power following each of the first two seasons -- similar to the deal that outfielder Cody Bellinger recently agreed to with the Chicago Cubs. Chapman and Bellinger are both represented by agent Scott Boras.

Chapman is a four-time Gold Glove winner, most recently winning the honor last season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

As for his offense, his numbers last season -- .240 batting average, .330 on-base percentage, .424 slugging percentage, 17 homers, 54 RBIs in 140 games -- are similar to those of the player he figures to displace at third base in San Francisco. J.D. Davis hit .248/.325/.413 with 18 homers and 69 RBIs in 144 games.

Chapman, 30, began his major league career with the Oakland A's from 2017-21. He made his lone All-Star appearance in 2019, when he hit .249/.342/.506 with career highs in homers (36) and RBIs (91) over 156 games.

He was traded to the Blue Jays in March 2022.

In 868 career games, Chapman has a .240/.329/.461 batting line with 155 home runs and 426 RBIs.

Spring training roundup: Astros beat Nats in 10-8 slugfest

Spring training roundup: Astros beat Nats in 10-8 slugfest

Shay Whitcomb hit two RBI doubles and Jacob Melton smashed the eventual game-winning home run as the Houston Astros put together 10 consecutive runs and held off the host Washington Nationals 10-8 in a spring training game Friday in Palm Beach, Fla.

Melton's two-run homer in the seventh inning put the Astros ahead 9-4, and Joey Loperfido added a run-scoring double in the eighth before Washington pushed back. Alex Call hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame and two runs scored on his fielder's choice in the ninth -- one on a throwing error -- before Houston put the game away.

Hunter Brown (1-0) got the win with two innings of relief for Houston, in which he allowed one run, two hits and one walk. Grae Kessinger went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs for the Astros.

Nats reliever Jake Irvin (0-1) was shelled for seven runs (six earned) on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. CJ Abrams opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first and an RBI single in the second to steer Washington to a 4-0 lead. The teams combined for 22 hits.

Pirates 12, Rays 8

Gilberto Celestino hit a grand slam and totaled five RBIs, Jared Triolo hit a three-run homer and host Pittsburgh outlasted Tampa Bay in Bradenton, Fla.

Bryan Reynolds hit his second homer of spring training in the bottom of the first after the Rays had opened a 3-0 lead.

Mitch Keller (1-0) got the win despite allowing three runs on four hits and two walks in two innings. He struck out two.

Jose Siri had three RBIs on a sacrifice fly, a fielder's choice and a single for the Rays. Reliever Erasmo Ramirez (0-1) gave up Triolo's home run.

Orioles 3, Braves 1

Ryan O'Hearn's two-run double to cap a three-run third inning proved the difference for visiting Baltimore in a win over Atlanta in North Port, Fla.

O'Hearn finished 2-for-3 while Ryan Mountcastle had an RBI single and a run for the Orioles. Tyler Wells (1-0) yielded one hit over two scoreless innings as Baltimore's starter.

The Braves were held to six hits and scored their only run on Leury Garcia's fielder's choice grounder in the sixth. Starter Bryce Elder (0-1) was responsible for all three earned runs; he scattered four hits and three strikeouts over three innings.

Twins 5, Red Sox 3

Royce Lewis rocked a grand slam to left field to lift Minnesota past visiting Boston in Fort Myers, Fla.

Red Sox starter Lucas Giolito (0-1) allowed Edouard Julien's solo shot leading off the bottom of the first before loading the bases in the third. Lewis then took Jordan DiValerio yard on a 3-0 pitch, with Giolito finishing with four earned runs, two hits, three walks and a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.

Twins reliever Louie Varland (1-0) struck out four with one walk over two scoreless, hitless innings. Romy Gonzalez homered for the Red Sox.

Cardinals 3, Mets 2

Dylan Carlson and Alec Burleson had RBI singles as host St. Louis edged New York in Jupiter, Fla.

Cardinals starter Matthew Liberatore gave up just one run -- Mark Vientos' homer -- and scattered two hits and a walk over three innings. Burleson finished 2-for-3 while Jose Fermin went 3-for-3.

Tomas Nido hit an RBI single in the eighth for the Mets, but they drew no closer. Blade Tidwell (0-1) gave up all three Cardinals runs on four hits with four strikeouts over 1 2/3 frames.

Marlins 6, Phillies 6

Cam Gallagher launched a two-run homer in the eighth before David Dahl hit a game-tying solo shot in the ninth as Philadelphia pulled out a draw with visiting Miami in Clearwater, Fla.

Vidal Brujan hit two RBI singles and Jesus Sanchez added two hits and a run for the Marlins, who built a 6-3 lead in the seventh inning thanks to an RBI sacrifice fly and a run-scoring groundout.

The Marlins took Phillies starter Aaron Nola for four runs and seven hits over three innings. Miami starter Jesus Luzardo pitched three scoreless frames with two hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

Tigers 4, Phillies 2

Parker Meadows, Ryan Kreidler and Eddys Leonard each hit their first home runs of spring training as host Detroit beat Philadelphia's split squad in Lakeland, Fla.

Meadows put Detroit on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot and Kreidler hit the go-ahead, two-run homer two batters later. Leonard had his moment in the seventh. Tigers reliever Joey Wentz (1-0) scattered three hits and struck out one over two scoreless innings.

Nick Podkul and Carlos De La Cruz had the Phillies' RBIs. Reliever Ryan Burr (0-1) gave up the two sixth-inning homers.

Report: Mariners RHP Matt Brash avoids serious elbow injury

Report: Mariners RHP Matt Brash avoids serious elbow injury

Seattle Mariners reliever Matt Brash will be back on the field next week, good news after there were fears earlier this week that he could miss an extensive amount of time in the upcoming season, The Seattle Times reported Friday.

Brash was diagnosed with medial elbow inflammation and can return to playing catch on Tuesday, per the report.

Brash, a 25-year-old right-hander, reported discomfort after a bullpen session last week and hasn't thrown since.

Last season, Brash led the majors with 78 appearances as he went 9-4 with four saves, a 3.06 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings.

Through two MLB seasons, he is 13-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 117 games (five starts). Brash has struck out 169 batters in 121 1/3 innings.

Tigers name lefty Tarik Skubal their Opening Day starter

Tigers name lefty Tarik Skubal their Opening Day starter

Left-hander Tarik Skubal will be on the mound when the Detroit Tigers open the season on March 28 against the White Sox in Chicago.

The Tigers made the announcement Friday on social media.

Skubal, 27, was limited to 15 games (all starts) last season as he made his way back from a 2022 season-ending elbow injury. He was 7-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 80 1/3 innings, striking out 102 batters and walking only 14.

So far this spring, he has thrown 29 pitches over two no-hit innings with two strikeouts and a walk.

The Tigers selected Skubal in the ninth round of the 2018 MLB Draft. With Detroit, he is 23-27 with a 3.87 ERA in 75 games (72 starts).

Astros RHP Justin Verlander not ruled out for Opening Day

Astros RHP Justin Verlander not ruled out for Opening Day

A more intense bullpen session on Sunday will help determine if Justin Verlander can still be an option for the Houston Astros on Opening Day.

"I'm a little bit behind schedule right now," he said at the start of spring training. "I'm a couple weeks behind."

Verlander came out of a Tuesday bullpen session feeling good, but hasn't pitched in an exhibition game.

He turned 41 last month and was dealing with shoulder discomfort when full squad workouts began Feb. 14. He continues preparing for his 19th season in the major leagues with what he said was a cautious throwing program.

Verlander is scheduled to throw an extended bullpen session this weekend before Houston decides what his next steps will be and whether he'll be in play for the March 28 regular-season opener.

Verlander said he prioritized rest in the offseason, which created a tighter window for upramping to face live hitters.

"He never stopped throwing the whole time," Astros general manager Dana Brown said. "We have to remember that he is an older guy, but he knows his body. So he delayed it a little bit. I think he is going to be fine.

"If he was on the shelf and we had to shut him down or something like that, I would be concerned. But he is still throwing bullpens. He is still out there pitching. He is still working on his craft, so I think he is going to be fine."

The three-time Cy Young Award winner and two-time World Series champion finished 13-8 with a 3.22 ERA while splitting the 2023 season with the New York Mets and Astros.

Verlander heads into the 2024 season as the active MLB leader in wins (257). The nine-time All-Star has a 3.24 ERA and 3,342 strikeouts in 509 career starts with the Detroit Tigers, Mets and Astros.

Spring training roundup: Forrest Wall (2 HRs, 6 RBIs) powers Braves

Spring training roundup: Forrest Wall (2 HRs, 6 RBIs) powers Braves

Forrest Wall hit three-run home runs in back-to-back innings for the Atlanta Braves, who held on for a 12-9 win over the host Tampa Bay Rays in spring training action on Thursday in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Wall chased Rays starter Zach Eflin (0-1) with a bomb to right field in the second inning before expanding Atlanta's lead to 10-0 in the second by taking Naoyuki Uwasawa to left. Wall is up to three home runs this spring.

David Fletcher stole home for the Braves and went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI single and two runs. Marcell Ozuna added a solo shot and starter Dylan Dodd (1-0) tossed two spotless innings with two strikeouts.

Tampa Bay trailed 12-2 entering the bottom of the sixth but scored the final seven runs of the game before running out of time. Austin Shenton racked up four RBIs on two infield singles.

Braves 5, Twins 0

Spencer Strider fanned five over three scoreless innings as host Atlanta swept its pair of games by blanking Minnesota in North Port, Fla.

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit an RBI double to open the scoring and Michael Harris II drove in runs on singles in the fourth and sixth innings for the Braves. Atlanta held Minnesota to five hits while striking out 11 batters.

Kody Funderburk (0-1) gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out two over 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter Chris Paddack, who had two scoreless, hitless innings.

Orioles 9, Pirates 8

Daniel Johnson drove in Errol Robinson to complete a four-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth as host Baltimore edged Pittsburgh in Sarasota, Fla.

With one out, pinch hitter Silas Ardoin hit a two-run triple to begin the charge, and Robinson singled Ardoin home to tie the game before stealing second. Their heroics made a winner out of reliever Tucker Davidson (1-0), who struck out two while giving up a run on two hits over two innings.

Henry Davis, the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Pirates in 2021, hit a three-run homer off Orioles starter Corbin Burnes in the top of the first. Connor Sadzeck (0-1) blew the save.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 2

Rafael Devers hit a solo home run and finished 2-for-3 with two runs as Boston defeated visiting Detroit in Fort Myers, Fla.

Trevor Story added RBIs on a double and a bases-loaded walk, while starter Garrett Whitlock (1-0) fanned six batters over three innings, yielding a run on three hits.

Ryan Kreidler and Trei Cruz drove in the Tigers' runs. Reese Olson (0-2) allowed two runs on four hits over two innings but struck out three.

Nationals 3, Cardinals 1

Lane Thomas and James Wood hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the game to lift Washington past host St. Louis in Jupiter, Fla.

Thomas' homer to left and Wood's shot to center came off Kyle Gibson (0-1), who later allowed a third earned run on a wild pitch. Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (1-1) struck out four and allowed three hits in three scoreless frames.

Cesar Prieto drove in the Cardinals' only run of the game on a single in the bottom of the ninth. Both teams managed just five hits.

Phillies 5, Blue Jays 0

Trea Turner went 2-for-3 with an RBI and seven Philadelphia pitchers combined to allow just four hits in a shutout of host Toronto in Dunedin, Fla.

Max Castillo and Kolby Allard (1-0) set the tone by each pitching two innings with one hit, one walk and one strikeout. The final five relievers combined to yield just two hits while accounting for five of the Jays batters' seven strikeouts. Colin Pache added a solo homer for the Phillies.

Jose Berrios started for the Blue Jays and gave up two hits in two scoreless innings. Connor Cooke (0-1) allowed Turner's go-ahead hit.

Giants RHP Tristan Beck has aneurysm in upper arm

Giants RHP Tristan Beck has aneurysm in upper arm

San Francisco Giants right-hander Tristan Beck is out indefinitely with an aneurysm in his upper pitching arm.

The team announced the diagnosis on Thursday after Beck departed spring training to see a vascular specialist at Stanford.

Beck, 27, had been experiencing numbness in his hand. He is evaluating his treatment options and there is no timetable for his return.

Beck made his major league debut last season and went 3-3 with two saves and a 3.92 ERA in 85 innings over 33 games (three starts). He was projected to be a starter for the Giants this season.

Longtime Rangers coach Hector Ortiz dies of cancer at 54

Longtime Rangers coach Hector Ortiz dies of cancer at 54

Longtime Texas Rangers coach and former major leaguer Hector Ortiz died Wednesday after a prolonged battle with cancer, the club announced. He was 54.

Ortiz had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2020, but he remained on the minor league development staff for the past three years. He was a member of the major league staff from 2015-20 under former managers Jeff Banister and Chris Woodward. His roles included first-base coach, bullpen coach and catching coordinator.

The club said he was being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, near the Rangers' spring training home in Surprise, Ariz.

"Mr. Ortiz was a beloved member of the Texas Rangers organization who had an enormous impact as a teacher of the game, a mentor to players and staff, and a loyal friend to so many," the Rangers said in a statement. "He brought a positive attitude and spirit to the ballpark each and every day, and his influence on the Rangers' baseball operations department will not soon be forgotten.

Ortiz also coached in the Rangers' minor league system and in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

A native of Puerto Rico, Ortiz was a catcher over parts of three seasons for the Kansas City Royals (1998, 2000-01) and Rangers (2022). He batted .288 with a .339 on-base percentage, .358 slugging percentage, one home run and 18 RBIs in 260 at-bats over 93 games.

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Ortiz in the 35th round of the 1988 MLB Draft out of Ranger and Paris junior colleges in Texas.

The Rangers were set to observe a moment of silence for Ortiz before Thursday's spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Surprise Stadium.

Shohei Ohtani doesn't wait until fall to get his ring

Shohei Ohtani doesn't wait until fall to get his ring

While the world braced itself for Shohei Ohtani to chase a ring once he signed a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the intensely private two-way phenom shared a bit more news on Thursday about how he spent his offseason.

"To all my friends and fans throughout, I have an announcement to make," Ohtani posted on Instagram in Japanese. "Not only have I (started) a new chapter in my career with the Dodgers but I also have began a new life with someone from my native country of Japan who is very special to me and I wanted everyone to know I am now married.

"I am excited for what is (to) come and thank you for your support."

Ohtani, 29, did not reveal his new spouse's identity and asked the media to refrain from "conducting unauthorized interviews." He said he'd shed more light on the topic during an interview on Friday.

Ohtani won his second American League MVP award this past season when he batted .304 with an AL-leading 44 homers with 95 RBIs in 135 games with the Los Angeles Angels. He led the AL with a .412 on-base percentage and led the majors with a .654 slugging percentage.

As a pitcher, Ohtani went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA and recorded 167 strikeouts over 132 innings (23 starts). He limited opposing batters to a .184 average.

Ohtani's pitching efforts ended after he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Aug. 23. The three-time All-Star continued playing as a batter until sustaining an oblique injury on Sept. 3.

Despite smacking 171 homers and going 38-19 with a 3.01 ERA as a pitcher, Ohtani didn't play in a single playoff game during his six seasons in Anaheim.

Son of Blue Jays P Erik Swanson out of ICU

Son of Blue Jays P Erik Swanson out of ICU

The 4-year-old son of Toronto Blue Jays reliever Erik Swanson is out of the pediatric intensive care unit at a Florida hospital, where he'd been since the weekend when he was struck by a car.

Toby Swanson's mother, Madison Swanson, posted the news to her Instagram story account on Wednesday night.

"The most important update is that Toby is out of the PICU, and we are continuing to take it day by day. God is so good, and we are so blessed," she wrote. "We are so grateful for the speedy first responders to the accident, to the pedestrians that helped as we waited the next step, and to the AMAZING staff at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Someone has truly been watching over my little man."

Blue Jays manager John Schneider announced Tuesday that Swanson would be with his family as Toby recuperates and is away from the team's camp in Dunedin, Fla.

Fox13 in Tampa reported that Toby was airlifted to the hospital after being hit by a valet driver at a resort in Clearwater last Sunday.

"I don't have the words, idk where to begin," she wrote. "We have been overwhelmed with love and support over the past few days. To the people who have reached out in any capacity, we will never be able to express in words how meaningful it has been.

"We don't have the mental capacity to reach out to you all but we see you, we hear you. It's what has gotten our little boy through all this."

The Blue Jays acquired Swanson in a trade with the Seattle Mariners in November 2022. In his first season with the Blue Jays, the 30-year-old right-hander appeared in 69 games in 2023, finishing with a 4-2 record, 2.97 ERA, four saves and 75 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings.

Toronto begins the 2024 season March 28 at the American League East rival Tampa Bay Rays.

Spring training roundup: Colton Cowser, Ramon Urias help Orioles pound Twins

Spring training roundup: Colton Cowser, Ramon Urias help Orioles pound Twins

Colton Cowser and Ramon Urias each homered and drove in three runs as the Baltimore Orioles rolled to a 12-3 victory over the host Minnesota Twins Wednesday afternoon at Fort Myers, Fla.

Cowser, Urias, Cedric Mullins and Michael Perez all had two hits to pace Baltimore's 17-hit attack. Urias hit a two-run homer in the second inning, Cowser slugged a three-run shot in the third and Perez delivered a two-run single in the seventh.

Dean Kremer (1-0) gave up one run and two hits in two innings for the Orioles. Pablo Lopez (0-1) gave up two runs and three hits in two innings for the Twins.

Jake Rucker hit a slot blast for Minnesota.

Nationals 4, Red Sox 3

Joey Gallo hit a two-run, tiebreaking double in the fifth inning to help Washington slide past visiting Boston at Palm Beach, Fla.

Victor Robles and Jesse Winker had run-scoring singles earlier in the third before Gallo put the Nationals ahead with the two-bagger inside the first-base line.

Mark Kolozsvary had two hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox.

Mets 3, Cardinals 0

Pete Alonso and Trayce Thompson each belted solo shots as New York blanked visiting St. Louis at Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Seven Mets pitchers combined on a five-hitter and struck out seven batters.

Alec Burleson had two hits for the Cardinals, who were hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Blue Jays 3, Rays 2

Rafael Lantigua hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to help Toronto knock off visiting Tampa Bay at Dunedin, Fla.

Paolo Espino, Devereaux Harrison and Andrew Bash (1-0) all pitched two scoreless innings for the Blue Jays.

Ronny Simon's sacrifice fly and Amed Rosario's RBI double plated the Rays' runs in the fifth inning.

Astros 6, Marlins 1

David Hensley stroked a two-run double to cap a four-run third inning to help visiting Houston defeat Miami at Jupiter, Fla.

Trey Cabbage and Dixon Machado joined Hensley in having two hits for the Astros.

Miami's lone run crossed on Jhonny Pereda's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

Tigers 5, Pirates 3

Bligh Madris, Anthony Bemboom and Wenceel Perez all homered to help Detroit dispatch host Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla.

Bemboom hit the tiebreaking homer with one out in the top of the eighth off Dauri Moreta (0-1) and Perez homered later in the inning.

Tsung-Che Cheng hit a two-run shot in the third inning and Connor Joe homered later in the frame for the Pirates' runs.

Braves 7, Phillies 7

Bryson Horne hit a two-run homer in the ninth and Cody Milligan plated another with a groundout and Atlanta's three-run outburst forged a tie with host Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla.

Chadwick Tromp slugged a two-run blast and Michael Harris II hit a solo shot for the Braves, who had 10 hits.

J.T. Realmuto hit a solo blast and Alec Bohm stroked a two-run shot for the Phillies.

X-rays negative on Dodgers INF Max Muncy’s hand after HBP

X-rays negative on Dodgers INF Max Muncy’s hand after HBP

X-rays came back negative on the left hand of Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy after he was hit by a pitch in the first inning of the team's Cactus League game Wednesday, USA Today reported.

Muncy stayed in the game but was removed before his second at bat in the top of the fourth inning.

Muncy was hit by Texas Rangers starter Cody Bradford. Muncy, who was batting third, was replaced in the lineup and at third base by Austin Gauthier, who went 2-for-3. Muncy is 3-for-6 with one home run and two RBIs during spring training.

Muncy signed a two-year, $24 million contract extension with the Dodgers in November.

Muncy batted .212 with a career-high-tying 36 home runs and a career-best 105 RBIs in 135 games in 2023, his sixth season with the Dodgers. In eight MLB seasons with the Oakland Athletics (2015-16) and Los Angeles (2018-23), Muncy is a career .227 hitter with 180 home runs and 489 RBIs.

Muncy's 175 home runs in a Dodgers uniform rank sixth in Los Angeles history, two behind Hall of Famer Mike Piazza for fifth place.

Muncy spent most of 2023 at third base but has also played first and second.

Tim Wakefield’s widow dies from cancer 5 months later

Tim Wakefield’s widow dies from cancer 5 months later

Stacy Wakefield, the widow of longtime major league pitcher Tim Wakefield, died from cancer nearly five months to the day after he did, the family announced Wednesday.

Stacy Wakefield died after battling pancreatic cancer. Tim Wakefield died Oct. 1 from brain cancer at age 57.

"The loss is unimaginable, especially in the wake of losing Tim just under five months ago. Our hearts are beyond broken," the family said in a statement released by the Red Sox. "We feel so lucky to have had her in our lives, and we take comfort in the fact that she will be reunited with Tim, the love of her life."

Tim and Stacy Wakefield were married in 2002. They are survived by their two children, Trevor and Brianna, who were born in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

Orioles sign INF Kolten Wong, RHP Julio Teheran

Orioles sign INF Kolten Wong, RHP Julio Teheran

The Baltimore Orioles added some veteran help Wednesday by signing infielder Kolten Wong and right-hander Julio Teheran to minor league contracts.

Wong, 33, was a two-time Gold Glove second baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals and Teheran, also 33, made two All-Star teams with the Atlanta Braves.

Both players were invited to join the Orioles for major league spring training in Sarasota, Fla.

Wong split the 2023 season with the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers and batted .183 with four homers and 27 RBIs in 87 games.

He is a lifetime .256 hitter with 86 home runs and 405 RBIs in 1,189 games with the Cardinals (2013-20), Milwaukee Brewers (2021-22), Mariners and Dodgers.

Teheran went 3-5 with a 4.40 ERA in 14 games (11 starts) for the Brewers in 2023.

He owns an 81-82 career record with a 3.83 ERA in 254 games (247 starts) for the Braves (2011-19), Los Angeles Angels (2020) and Detroit Tigers (2021). He spent 2022 playing in Mexico and in the independent Atlantic League.

Report: Mariners' Matt Brash has serious elbow injury

Report: Mariners' Matt Brash has serious elbow injury

Seattle Mariners reliever Matt Brash is dealing with a serious elbow injury, the Seattle Times reported.

The team shut down the 25-year-old right-hander last week when he felt "banged up" after a bullpen session.

The report indicated that Brash "could miss an extensive amount of time, possibly the season."

Manager Scott Servais said the team would have an official update soon.

Brash was a bullpen workhorse in 2023, leading the majors with 78 appearances as he went 9-4 with four saves, a 3.06 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings.

Through two MLB seasons, he is 13-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 117 games (five starts). Brash has struck out 169 batters in 121 1/3 innings of work.

Spring training roundup: Shohei Ohtani homers in Dodgers debut

Spring training roundup: Shohei Ohtani homers in Dodgers debut

Shohei Ohtani belted an opposite-field home run in the fifth inning of his first spring training game with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who went on to a 9-6 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in Phoenix.

Ohtani took Dominic Leone to left with a high-arching shot in his third at-bat of his Dodgers debut, cutting the deficit at the time to 4-3. Ohtani, signed in the offseason on a record $700 million deal, also struck out in the first and scored a runner on a double-play grounder in the third.

Drew Avans brought in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth preceding Chris Okey's three-run blast off Garrett Schoenle (0-1). Okey finished with four RBIs.

Juan Morillo (1-0) pitched one-third of an inning after Bobby Miller got the start and allowed one run on two hits in two frames.

Paul DeJong had a three-run homer and Colson Montgomery drove in two runs for the White Sox.

Pirates 13, Braves 4

Ke'Bryan Hayes' game-tying grand slam to center field launched a 13-run uprising for host Pittsburgh to topple Atlanta in Bradenton, Fla.

After Hayes' long ball in the third inning, Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run shot to center two innings later off Ben Bowden (0-1) to put the Pirates up for good. Abrahan Gutierrez and Jackson Glenn capped a seven-run sixth inning with back-to-back homers.

Jose Hernandez (1-0) pitched a scoreless fifth after the Braves had four RBI singles over the first three innings, with Sean Murphy responsible for two.

Red Sox 3, Cardinals 3

Jeremy Rivas walked to drive in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth for host St. Louis to draw with Boston in Jupiter, Fla.

Noah Song blew the save in the ninth for the Red Sox by issuing three walks with one hit. Starter Kutter Crawford scattered three hits and a run over two innings, while Nick Sogard brought in all three runs with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly.

Cardinals starter Sonny Gray struck out two, allowed two walks and yielded two hits over two scoreless innings. Willson Contreras had an RBI double and Luken Baker hit an RBI single.

Orioles 5, Tigers 2

James McCann and Coby Mayo drove in three runs on back-to-back doubles in the go-ahead fifth inning for host Baltimore to down Detroit in Sarasota, Fla.

The uprising began when Daniel Johnson scored on an error to tie the game. He finished3-for-3 with a triple, a double and two runs. Nick Vespi (1-0) gave up a run on two hits in the fifth inning.

Zach McKinstry had a solo shot in the first inning and Keston Hiura had an RBI triple in the fifth for the Tigers. Devin Sweet (0-1) gave up four unearned runs on four hits and a walk.

Tigers 6, Blue Jays 4

Ryan Vilade hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning as Detroit's split squad outlasted visiting Toronto in Lakeland, Fla.

Mark Canha and Spencer Torkelson scored on an error in the first inning before Torkelson hit a two-RBI double in the second inning for the Tigers. Drew Anderson (1-0) struck out two during two scoreless innings of relief.

Orelvis Martinez smacked a two-run double early for Toronto before Alan Roden's two-run homer in the fourth inning knotted the game 4-4. Brandon Eisert (0-1) walked the bases loaded to set up Vilade's go-ahead hit off Juan Nunez.

Rays 4, Yankees 2

Nick Meyer hit a go-ahead solo home run in the sixth inning as host Tampa Bay beat New York in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Jonny Deluca and Rene Pinto had RBI singles for the Rays earlier in the game before the Yankees responded each time. Jose Rojas sent a homer to center in the fifth and Anthony Volpe hit an RBI triple in the sixth to make it 2-2.

Rays reliever Michael Gomez (1-0) got the win despite allowing Volpe's triple. New York's Nick Ramirez (0-1) watched Meyer go yard.

Phillies 3, Twins 3

Willie Joe Garry Jr. hit a two-run single during a three-run ninth for host Minnesota to tie Philadelphia in Fort Myers, Fla.

Anthony Prato was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Garry's timely hit off Brett Schulze. Garry and Jose Salas finished 2-for-2.

Trea Turner hit an RBI double before David Dahl's two-run home run in the seventh put the Phillies up by three.

Nationals 10, Astros 3

Dylan Crews hit a two-run double and Robert Hassell III bashed a two-run homer during a seven-run third inning as Washington raced past host Houston in Palm Beach, Fla.

After Astros starter Jose Urquidy pitched two scoreless frames, the Nationals jumped all over Dylan Coleman (0-1) for five runs on a hit and three walks in one-third of an inning. In his first appearance in a Washington uniform, starter Zach Davies (1-0) struck out three batters and walked two with zero hits over two innings.

Pedro Leon had a two-run homer for the Astros.

Mets 7, Marlins 1

Ji Man Choi homered and Drew Gilbert added a two-run single as host New York took care of Miami in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Mets starter Adrian Houser pitched two innings of scoreless ball, while reliever Yacksel Rios (1-0) was credited with the win after a scoreless fifth.

Tristan Gray got the Marlins on the board first with a home run before reliever Josh Simpson (0-1) allowed Alex Ramirez's RBI double to right that made it 2-1 in the fifth.

Cardinals sign INF Brandon Crawford to 1-year contract

Cardinals sign INF Brandon Crawford to 1-year contract

The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent infielder Brandon Crawford to a one-year contract for the upcoming season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Cardinals.

A three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner and two-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants, Crawford is expected to compete for a backup infield spot in St. Louis.

"We're excited to be adding a player with the winning credentials and pedigree of a Brandon Crawford," said John Mozeliak, the Cardinals president of baseball operations said.

"He is someone that will provide us with valuable depth and experience on the infield, and can also be a great resource for our younger players, such as Masyn Winn."

In 2021, Crawford batted .298 with a career-high 24 homers and 90 RBIs to finish fourth in the National League MVP voting. He batted just .194 with seven homers and 38 RBIs in 93 games last season.

Crawford, 37, is a career .250 hitter with 146 homers and 744 RBIs in 1,654 career games with the Giants, who selected him in the fourth round in the 2008 draft.

Tigers P Casey Mize throws in first game after 22 months

Tigers P Casey Mize throws in first game after 22 months

Detroit Tigers starter Casey Mize appeared in a major league game on Tuesday for the first time in 22 months following his recovery from Tommy John and back surgeries.

Mize, who was the first pick of the 2018 MLB Draft, threw 1 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks. He had one strikeout.

Mize threw 35 pitches on the day, 17 of them for strikes. His fastball averaged 95.8 mph and hit a high of 97.3 mph, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The 26-year-old Mize hadn't pitched in an MLB game since April 14, 2022, and he said earlier this week at Tigers camp in Lakeland, Fla., that he had put rehab in the past.

"Now I can focus on the stuff that's fun to me, designing pitches and executing at a high level, which I love to do," Mize said. "It's good to be back in that mindset."

Mize appreciates his career in a new way now.

"I definitely went through a really challenging time, so it just means a lot to me to be able to be back and compete," he said.

"I don't want to be the player that's viewed as always hurt. I don't think that's really the case. It's just obviously I missed a lot of time, but I had a very major, very common surgery. If you look around the room at the scars, there's a few. And I was able to lean on them for those experiences, too. ... I'm not sure what this year's going to bring me, but I've been able to see a lot of guys go through it. Just to be healthy again, it feels really good."

Mize has a 7-13 career record with a 4.29 ERA in 39 games (all starts). He has struck out 148 batters and walked 56 in 188 2/3 innings.