Sanchez, Inge Make Pittsburgh’s Roster
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates told left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and third baseman Brandon Inge they will make the team’s opening day roster.
The pair, signed to minor league contracts as free agents, would have been able to opt out of their deals if they hadn’t been told by Tuesday they will be added to the 40-man roster.
Sanchez, a left-hander, will move into the No. 4 spot in the rotation. That job opened over the weekend, when right-hander Jeff Karstens was bothered by a sore shoulder. The 30-year-old Sanchez was 1-9 with an 8.07 ERA last season for Kansas City and Colorado. He pitched a no-hitter in 2009 for San Francisco.
Sanchez gets a one-year deal worth $1,375,000, and Inge a deal for $1.25 million. The pair must be put on the 40-man roster by Sunday.
Blue Jays 6, Pirates 3
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) – Rajai Davis and Adam Lind hit solo home runs, helping the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.
Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander struck out six and walked one, and also hit a double.
Athletics 7, Indians 6
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Yoenis Cespedes homered, Daric Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning and the Oakland Athletics held off the Cleveland Indians.
Eric Sogard doubled home Michael Choice with the tying run in the fifth inning and then scored two outs later on Cespedes’ fourth home run of the spring to put the A’s up 5-3.
Jose Ramirez had an RBI single in the ninth, advanced to third on Ryan Rohlinger’s single to center and scored the tying run on Travis Blackley’s wild pitch.
Barton’s two-out single in the top of the 10th put Oakland back ahead, and Nate Freiman scored two batters later on a bases-loaded walk to Luke Montz to increase the lead to 7-5.
Brett Anderson, the A’s opending-day pitcher, gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Zach McAllister, who will make the major league opening day roster for the first time, gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Brandon Moss doubled and Josh Reddick tripled for Oakland.