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Bieber Tagged, Bauer Sharp in L.A. Debut

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker (3) warms up before a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., Monday, March 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Shane Bieber’s final start last season was rough. His first one in 2021 wasn’t too much better.

The AL Cy Young winner gave up four runs and didn’t make it through his scheduled two innings on Monday as the Cleveland Indians lost to the Kansas City Royals 8-6 in Goodyear, Arizona.

FROM AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT

AND CACTUS LEAGUES:

PIRATES 2, BLUE JAYS 2

(7 Innings)

Anthony Alford, claimed by Pittsburgh off waivers from Toronto last August, homered off Robbie Ray.

Rowdy Tellez doubled for the second straight day for the Blue Jays.

ASTROS 7, NATIONALS 6

Ryan Zimmerman appeared in a game for the first time in almost exactly a year — he sat out the pandemic-shortened 2020 regular season because of concerns about his family’s health — and hit one of Washington’s three consecutive homers off Houston righty Steve Cishek in the third inning.

DODGERS 10, ROCKIES 0 (6)

Trevor Bauer, pitching for the first time since signing a $102 million, three-year contract, debuted in Dodger blue with two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, struck out two, walked none and threw a wild pitch.

ANGELS 4, WHITE SOX 4 (5)

Albert Pujols went 2 for 2 and drove in two runs, Shohei Otani got two hits and scored twice and Mike Trout had a hit and walk for Los Angeles.

BRAVES 5, RED SOX 3 (7)

Atlanta rookie catcher William Contreras, brother of Cubs two-time All-Star catcher Willson Contreras, drove in three runs and Ozzie Albies scored twice.

ORIOLES 4, PHILLIES 4 (7)

DJ Stewart homered off Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola. Baltimore leadoff man Austin Hays got two hits.

YANKEES 5, TIGERS 4 (7)

New York catcher Gary Sanchez, a two-time All-Star who batted just .147 last year, hit a long home run over the batter’s eye screen in center field.

TWINS 6, RAYS 5 (6)

Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings.

MARLINS 2, METS 0 (7)

Starter Sandy Alcantara and four Miami relievers combined on a five-hitter. Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run homer.

ATHLETICS 13, REDS 5 (7)

Matt Olson, Pete Kozma and Buddy Reed each hit two-run homers for Oakland. Nik Turley pitched the last inning for the A’s and allowed three runs.

GIANTS 1, RANGERS 1 (6)

Kyle Gibson pitched a scoreless first inning for Texas. Charlie Culberson got two hits and scored for the Rangers.

CUBS 1, PADRES 0 (7)

Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks struck out two in two scoreless innings. Javier Baez had one of the Cubs’ two hits.

BREWERS 7

DIAMONDBACKS 1 (8)

Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta each threw a scoreless inning for Milwaukee before Jordan Zimmermann gave up a run. Manny Pina had two hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs.

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