Baseball | Spring training roundup

ASSOCIATED PRESSMarch 3, 2014 

The Hall of Famer in a Red Sox warmup jersey met the Orioles rookie wearing No. 85 behind the cage during batting practice in Fort Myers.

They hugged, sharing an embrace and something else -- one of the most recognizable names in baseball history.

A couple hours later, Carl Yastrzemski sat in the stands for another special moment Sunday. His grandson, Mike, played his first major league spring training game and scored a run for Baltimore in an 8-6 loss to Boston.

"It means a lot," the elder Yastrzemski said. "Just proves that a lot of hard work will take you a long way. He's worked hard all his life. He wanted to be a player and he put the time and effort into it."

Carl Yastrzemski spent his whole career in Boston. The younger Yaz was the Orioles' 14th-round draft pick last June from Vanderbilt. He hit .273 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 57 games in short-season Class A.

The 23-year-old entered as a pinch runner in the sixth inning, scored Baltimore's first run and then played right field.

When he entered the game and was announced, the crowd quickly recognized the name and gave him a warm ovation. A left-handed hitter like his grandfather, Mike was hitless in his one at-bat.

Despite his pedigree, he said he gets no special treatment.

"The coaches all try and look at me the same as they look at any other player," he said. "They don't take name in the factor. If you can't play, you're not going to get the chance. If you're performing, then you're going to get up."

"As I've grown up and gone through more baseball and the experience, I realized I don't get treated any differently. Everyone looks at you as a baseball player rather than the name."

The Red Sox picked him in the 36th round of the 2009 draft when he graduated from St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., but he went to college. He stayed in school when the Mariners took in the 30th round in 2012, and he graduated last year.

The 74-year-old Yastrzemski thought it was for the best that his grandson didn't sign with the Red Sox.

"Without a doubt," he said. "I think if he had signed, there would have been a lot of pressure. He likes Baltimore and he's with a great organization."

CARDINALS 7, METS 1 -- Matt Holliday doubled in both at-bats and drove in two runs for St. Louis in a win over New York in Jupiter.

Holiday didn't play in the Cardinals' spring training opener on Friday. He singled and walked in two plate appearances as the designated hitter Saturday.

NATIONALS 10, MARLINS 3 -- Doug Fister struck out the first two batters he faced in his spring debut with Washington, and the Nationals beat Miami in Viera.

Despite feeling a little erratic at times, Fister said he pleased with the outing. He allowed one run and two hits with a walk in two innings, his first game since Detroit traded him to the Nationals in the offseason.

ASTROS 7, BRAVES (ss) 4 -- Jarred Cosart pitched two hitless innings and Carlos Corporan drove in two runs that led Houston past an Atlanta split squad in Kissimmee.

Cosart struck out one and walked one. The 23-year-old righty made his major league debut last year, going 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 10 starts for a team that led the majors with 111 losses.

BRAVES 0, TIGERS 0 (10) -- Detroit's Anibal Sanchez allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in a game that eventually ended in a 0-0, 10-inning tie between the Tigers and an Atlanta split squad in Kissimmee.

Sanchez was the American League's ERA leader last year, and he struck out 17 against Atlanta in an electrifying April outing. The Braves struck out only once this time in Sanchez's abbreviated start.

YANKEES 8, BLUE JAYS 2 -- Carlos Beltran homered for his first hit this spring, leading New York past Toronto in Dunedin.

Jose Bautista hit his second homer in exhibition play for the Blue Jays. Beltran's solo home run came in the third off reliever Todd Redmond and landed far over the right-field fence. It capped a four-run inning that included a two-run homer by Eduardo Nunez.

GIANTS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3 -- Right-hander Tim Hudson made his first start since breaking his ankle last season with Atlanta, pitching two no-hit innings, and San Francisco beat Arizona in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Hudson, who signed a two-year, $23 million free-agent contract over the winter, threw 27 pitches and struck out a batter. He also helped turn a first base-to-shortstop-to pitcher double play to end the second. He broke his ankle while covering first base against Atlanta.

ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 2 -- Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run double and Oakland defeated Los Angeles in Tempe, Ariz.

Cespedes, who hit 26 homers with 80 RBIs last year, lined his hit in the fifth off Joe Blanton. Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson singled earlier in the inning.

ROYALS 5, CUBS 3 -- Mike Moustakas homered twice, Eric Hosmer added three hits and Kansas City beat Chicago in Mesa, Ariz.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left after the first inning with a slight strain of his right hamstring. He hurt himself trying to steal a base.

INDIANS 6, MARINERS 3 -- Nick Swisher made his spring debut for Cleveland and top prospect Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer to help the Tribe beat Seattle in Goodyear, Ariz.

Robinson Cano got an RBI groundout in the first for Seattle.

DODGERS 3, PADRES (ss) 3 -- Josh Beckett's comeback from surgery got off to a promising start with three strikeouts over two scoreless innings as Los Angeles and a San Diego squad played to a tie in Glendale, Ariz.

Beckett allowed one hit in his first spring training appearance since having a rib and muscle tissue removed last July in a procedure to alleviate a nerve problem. He is competing to reclaim a spot in the Dodgers' rotation.

REDS 15, PADRES (ss) 4 -- Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips flashed his All-Star form at the plate and in the field Sunday as the Reds beat a San Diego split squad in Peoria, Ariz.

Hitless in his first two spring training games, Phillips had a two-run triple that scored Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton in the fourth inning.

WHITE SOX 9, RANGERS 7 -- Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria, the leading candidates to replace Joe Nathan as the Texas closer, had contrasting results in the Rangers' loss to Chicago in Surprise, Ariz.

Feliz and Soria are former AL All-Star closers. They both pitched sparingly last year while rebounding from elbow surgery.

BREWERS 6, ROCKIES 5 -- An overexcited Matt Garza struggled in his Milwaukee debut, allowing four runs in the first inning of the Brewers' win over Colorado in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The right-hander, who said he had trouble sleeping Saturday night, allowed four hits and walked two. His 28-pitch outing included only fastballs and changeups.

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