Garcia, Rays Sting Pirates
Avisail Garcia had three hits and two RBIs, Brandon Lowe had two hits and Casey Sadler struck out three in three scoreless relief innings for Tampa Bay. Sadler was re-assigned to minor league camp after the Rays’ final game in Port Charlotte this spring.
Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang started at shortstop in what manager Clint Hurdle dubbed an “experiment.” Kang was a shortstop before injuring his knee in September of 2015. He missed most of the past two seasons due to legal troubles surrounding three DUI arrests in his native South Korea and a wrist injury last season. Kang had two hits, including a double.
Paul Goldschmidt homered and had three hits, Marcell Ozuna also went deep and Yadier Molina had two hits and three RBIs for St. Louis. John Gant allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings a day after learning he’d lost the battle to be the team’s fifth starter to Dakota Hudson. Gant will open the season in the bullpen.
Hector Santiago, a candidate for a bullpen job with the Mets, started and pitched three innings, allowing five runs, seven hits and three walks. Jeff McNeil hit his third homer of the spring. Pete Alonso had two hits and an RBI but also committed a throwing error at first base.
CUBS (SS) 7
Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist each hit their first home run of the spring for Chicago. Baez hit a three-run shot and raised his average to .317. Jose Quintana pitched six strong innings, allowing a run and four hits and striking out six.
Logan Forsythe homered and had two hits for Texas.
DIAMONDBACKS 10 DODGERS 4
Matt Koch made what might be his final appearance with Arizona, logging five innings of two-run ball. Koch is out of minor league options and would have to be placed on waivers before being sent down, but may not have a spot on the opening day roster. Adam Jones hit his first homer in his third spring training game and drove in four.
Justin Turner homered for the second straight day, his third of the spring with Los Angeles. Jeren Kendall, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2017, also homered. Dennis Santana struck out five in three innings, allowing three runs, three hits and two walks.
ANGELS (ss) 5, WHITE SOX 4
Mike Trout hit a three-run home run, and Kole Calhoun and Jonathan Lucroy each doubled for the Angels. Trevor Cahill walked three over 4 1/3 innings but allowed just one run and four hits while striking out four.
Carlos Rodon, the White Sox opening day starter, allowed two runs in two innings, walking two and striking out three. Leury Garcia hit a solo home run, and Yonder Alonso doubled.
BRAVES 4, TIGERS 3
Opening day starter Julio Teheran allowed two runs in five innings, striking out five for Atlanta. Ozzie Albies had a double and two RBIs, Dansby Swanson had two hits and Wes Parsons dominated in relief, striking out five over 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Niko Goodrum had three hits for Detroit and is batting .354 this spring. Tyson Ross allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
RED SOX 10, TWINS 6
Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi, Gorkys Hernandez and Christian Vazquez each homered for Boston. Bradley had two hits and three RBIs, and Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez each had two hits as well. Jenrry Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, allowed two runs in an inning. Mejia is in the running for a spot in Boston’s bullpen.
Nelson Cruz had two hits and Max Kepler had two RBIs for Minnesota. Kyle Gibson was charged with five runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.
ASTROS 7, METS (ss) 3
Alex Bregman celebrated his new $100 million, six-year contract with a solo homer, his third shot of the spring. Yuli Gurriel also went deep, and Brad Peacock allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings. Astros manager AJ Hinch announced after the game that Peacock would be Houston’s No. 5 starter.
Dominic Smith had two hits for New York and is batting .362 while competing with Pete Alonso for the starting first base job. Jason Vargas allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.
BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 0
Aaron Sanchez dominated, pitching one-hit ball over six innings with two walks and three strikeouts. The righty has a 1.53 ERA this spring. Justin Smoak and Brandon Drury each homered, with Smoak getting three hits and Drury driving in two.
Chris Davis was 0 for 2 for Baltimore and is batting .138 this spring as he tries to bounce back from a historically bad 2018. Mike Wright allowed two runs in four innings.
YANKEES 6, PHILLIES 3
Giancarlo Stanton hit two homers, doubling his spring total and driving in three for New York. DJ LeMahieu also had two hits. Jonathan Loaisiga struck out seven in four innings but allowed solo homers to Odubel Herrera and Scott Kingery.
Jared Eickhoff allowed a run in four innings, striking out six and walking three for Philadelphia.
NATIONALS 5, MARLINS 5
Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings for Washington but allowed three runs and 10 hits. Adam Eaton had two doubles, three hits and two RBIs, and Victor Robles had a hit and a stolen base.
Neil Walker hit his third homer of the spring for Miami, and Starlin Castro had three hits.
Reds’ Scooter Gennett injures leg, sent for scan
PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.
Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell.
“I don’t know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw,” Bell said. “He felt something in his groin.
Cincinnati says Gennett was to have an MRI.
The 28-year-old Gennett reached the majors with the Brewers in 2013 and was claimed off waivers by his hometown Reds near the end of spring training two years ago. He made his first All-Star team last season, hitting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs.
Top prospect Nick Senzel could be a candidate to replace Gennett. Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp earlier Friday.
Zach Davies pitched 5 1/3 innings for Milwaukee in a 6-4 win over the Reds. Davies found out Thursday he had a spot in the Brewers’ rotation.