MLB roundup: Donaldson makes spring training debut
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EditorsNote: update 2: adds last two games (Padres-Rangers, Diamondbacks-A's) MLB roundup: Donaldson makes spring training debut
Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 in his spring training debut Monday as the Toronto Blue Jays dropped an 8-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins in Dunedin, Fla. Donaldson returned from a calf injury and reached base twice with a walk and a fielding error by Minnesota second baseman Benji Gonzalez. Justin Smoak belted a pinch-hit home run for Toronto, while Byung-ho Park and Miguel Sano homered for Minnesota.
Tigers 5, Mets 1
Matt Harvey dropped his fourth decision of the spring as Detroit beat New York in Lakeland, Fla. Harvey, who is working his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome, has a 7.30 ERA after allowing three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. James McCann and Nick Castellanos hit solo home runs for Detroit while starter Anibal Sanchez pitched four scoreless innings.
Red Sox 7, Orioles 4
Pablo Sandoval continued his productive spring with a two-run double and another two-base hit as Boston beat Baltimore in Fort Myers, Fla. Sandoval raised his average to .349 with a two-run double in the first inning and hit another double in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs for Boston. Pedro Alvarez homered for Baltimore.
Marlins 9, Braves 3
Marcell Ozuna hit his fourth home run of the spring and Brian Anderson drove in three runs as Miami routed Washington in Kissimmee, Fla. Miami starter Stephen Fife pitched four scoreless innings. Atlanta's R.A. Dickey allowed six runs (four earned) and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Yankees 9, Nationals 3
Matt Holliday hit a two-run home run and New York defeated Washington in West Palm Beach, Fla. Gleyber Torres added a two-run double for the Yankees, and starter Michael Pineda allowed three runs and one hit in 1 2/3 innings. Bryce Harper had two hits for the Nationals.
Pirates 5, Rays 4
Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer hit two-run home runs off Blake Snell and Pittsburgh edged Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte, Fla. Snell gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings. Jameson Taillon allowed two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Pirates.
Indians 14, Dodgers 5
Michael Brantley wasted no time getting into the swing of things, singling in his second and third at-bats of the spring in a victory over the Dodgers in Goodyear, Ariz. Brantley, who left for a pinch runner in the fifth inning, played only 11 games last season after right shoulder surgery. Joc Pederson hit his fifth homer of the spring, and Chase Utley had three hits and his first homer for the Dodgers.
Giants 3, White Sox 2
Rookie right-hander Reynaldo Lopez gave up two hits and struck out four in six scoreless innings, but Chicago fell to San Francisco in Glendale, Ariz. Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto gave up one hit, Peter Bourjos' third triple, and one run in five innings in his second start. Ryder Jones hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning for the Giants.
Reds 10, Royals 6
Arismendy Alcantara singled twice in an eight-run eighth inning, driving in the first run of the frame and the last two as Cincinnati emerged victorious in Surprise, Ariz. Reds rookie Rookie Davis gave up one run in four innings in his third spring start. Rookie Ryan O'Hearn homered and doubled, and Jason Hammel gave up one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings for Kansas City.
Cubs 9, Rockies 6
Matt Szczur had three hits -- including a two-run homer in a six-run eighth inning -- as Chicago defeated Colorado in Scottsdale, Ariz. Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs in 4 2/3 innings for the Cubs, allowing six hits and striking out four. Tyler Anderson surrendered two earned runs in five innings, and shortstop Trevor Story had his fifth double for the Rockies.
Padres 3, Rangers 2
Alberth Martinez hit a game-tying solo homer in the eighth inning, and Christian Bethancourt belted a walk-off solo shot in the ninth as San Diego topped Texas in Peoria, Ariz. Travis Jankowski had two hits for the Padres. Rangers starter Nick Martinez tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball.
Diamondbacks 10, A's 6
Kevin Cron socked a two-run homer and added an RBI single, leading Arizona to a victory over Oakland in Mesa, Ariz. Sergio Alcantara and Jeremy Hazelbaker each knocked in two runs for the Diamondbacks. A's starter Sean Manaea gave up just one unearned run on three hits in five innings. He struck out five.
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