Pirates Split Squads, Win a Pair
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Andrew McCutchen, Gaby Sanchez and Tony Sanchez hit home runs, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Minnesota Twins 7-4 Sunday.
“Wind blowing out,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “That’s what happens.”
Jonathan Sanchez, in his first spring training start and fourth appearance, gave up two runs and two hits in two innings. Sanchez has an 11.81 ERA in 5 1-3 innings during the exhibition season.
Minnesota’s Liam Hendricks, making his fourth spring training start, allowed four runs and three hits in three innings,
Josh Willingham homered in the first for the Twins.
Pirates 5, Orioles 2
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – Miguel Gonzalez allowed four runs in two innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Baltimore Orioles’ 5-2 loss on Sunday.
Gonzalez, the Orioles’ second-leading winner in 2012, started for the second time this spring and allowed a four-run second that was made worse by left fielder Nate McLouth’s error.
With one out in the second, Brad Hawpe hit a ball to left-center that McLouth had a hard time handling on a windy day. McLouth was charged with an error, and quickly four runs scored on four hits. Three of the runs were unearned.
Gerrit Cole, the first pick in the 2011 draft, allowed a two-run homer to Ryan Flaherty in the third inning. Cole was charged with two runs and four hits in four innings.
Rangers 7, Indians 6
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Craig Gentry hit a two-run homer off Brett Myers to pace the Texas Rangers to a victory against the Cleveland Indians.
Gentry added a single and scored another run. Jeff Baker, a non-roster invitee for Texas, hit an RBI double and single in his first two at-bats, making it eight straight plate appearances in which he’d reached base.
Myers, who pitched 70 times in relief last season, threw three scoreless innings before the Rangers got to him in the fourth for five runs. Myers will be the Indians’ No. 3 starter this season.
Michael Brantley, who had stitches removed from his forearm on Saturday, was 0 for 2 for Cleveland. He had missed 12 games with a cut sustained in a slide against the Angels.