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Howard homers off R.A. Dickey


March 02. 2013 11:41PM
By JOHN MEDEIROS



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DUNEDIN, Fla. — Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey, but Jose Reyes and the Toronto Blue Jays touched up Cliff Lee in an 11-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.


Reyes and Melky Cabrera each doubled and Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in a two-run first inning off the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner. Lee allowed five hits, including Emilio Bonifacio’s solo shot in the second.


Dickey, the reigning Cy Young Award winner didn’t fare much better. He gave up four straight hits in the first — doubles by Kevin Frandsen and Michael Young, Howard’s homer and a single by Domonic Brown.


Reyes highlighted a four-run fourth inning for Toronto with a three-run homer on a blustery day. Carlos Ruiz and Erik Kratz added homers for Philadelphia.


Josh Johnson allowed a run in two innings for the win.


Nationals 6, Cardinals 2


JUPITER, Fla. — Adam Wainwright struggled with location in his second spring-training start, giving up five runs and eight hits over three innings in St. Louis’ loss to Washington.


Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals, allowing two runs and five hits in three innings.


Astros 6, Braves 5


KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Carlos Pena hit his first home run for Houston in a victory over Atlanta.


Tigers (ss) 4, Pirates 1


LAKELAND, Fla. — Miguel Cabrera hit his third home run of the spring and Drew Smyly pitched three perfect innings for a Detroit split squad in a victory over Pittsburgh.


Austin Jackson had one of Detroit’s three hits and scored twice.


Yankees 10, Tigers (ss) 3


TAMPA, Fla. — Ivan Nova allowed an infield single over two scoreless innings and New York stopped a seven-game losing streak by beating a Detroit split squad.


Trying to make the rotation after faltering down the stretch last season, Nova struck out one during an outing in which he threw 22 of 27 pitches for strikes. The right-hander went 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA last year, down from 16-4 the year before.


Rays 4, Orioles 1


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Alex Cobb rebounded from a rough outing to pitch three overpowering innings, and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore.


Cobb, who struggled to get through two innings against Boston on Monday, allowed just one hit and struck out five on 36 pitches.


Red Sox 2, Twins 1


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Justin Morneau homered in his final game with Minnesota before leaving for the World Baseball Classic, but the Twins lost to Boston.


Morneau, who will play for Canada in the WBC beginning Friday, led off the fourth inning with a drive that landed in a pond behind the right-field wall at Hammond Stadium.


Marlins 8, Mets 8


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Matt Harvey gave up a leadoff homerun to Marlins prospect Christian Yelich before settling down to strike out four in 2 2-3 innings as New York and Miami tied.


Harvey allowed one run, three hits and walked one. He retired five in a row after Yelich’s homer, including three by strikeout.


Athletics 6, Rockies 3


PHOENIX — Josh Reddick hit three-run home run in the third inning, leading Oakland to a win over Colorado.


Reddick entered the game with one hit in his first eight at-bats of spring training but broke out of the slump with two hits. Brandon Moss also homered for the A’s.


Oakland starter Tommy Milone pitched two scoreless innings in his first start. Milone again figures to be an integral part of the starting rotation after going 13-10 last season and leading the team in innings pitched with 190.


Brewers 4, Angels 3


PHOENIX — Aramis Ramirez doubled for his first hit of the spring Saturday but left Milwaukee’s victory over Los Angeles with a strained left knee.


Padres 11, Indians 8


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Logan Forsythe had two triples in a seven-run third inning, and San Diego rallied to beat Cleveland after starter Edinson Volquez was pounded for six runs in the first.


Forsythe led off the third with a triple off Ubaldo Jimenez. He hit a two-run triple with two outs off Edward Parades.


White Sox 4, Reds 0


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana got off to a great start again. He knows from experience there’s a long way to go.


Quintana, who started strong and faded late as a rookie last season, pitched three perfect innings for Chicago in a victory over Cincinnati.


Mariners 9, Dodgers 5


PEORIA, Ariz. — Franklin Gutierrez hit yet another home run for Seattle in a victory over Los Angeles, an eighth straight win.


Catcher Mike Zunino also went deep in a three-run third inning against Dodgers starter Chris Capuano. The Mariners have hit 20 homers in nine games this spring.


Royals 9, Giants (ss) 5


SURPRISE, Ariz. — Eric Hosmer went 3 for 3 with a home run and two doubles, Mike Moustakas hit a two-run shot and Kansas City beat a San Francisco split squad.


Giants (ss) 9, Cubs 7


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Pablo Sandoval hit a towering home run, the only blemish for Carlos Villanueva, and San Francisco beat Chicago.


Gregor Blanco drove in two runs for the Giants, who are losing eight players to the World Baseball Classic after this weekend.


Rangers 7, Diamondbacks 1


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Matt Harrison bounced back from a rough first outing to throw three scoreless innings and Texas went on to beat Arizona.


The left-hander, an 18-game winner last season, allowed three hits in three scoreless innings. In his first start last Sunday, Harrison threw 40 pitches in one inning, allowing four runs on six hits against Kansas City.


Lefty Wade Miley made his first spring start for Arizona, giving up three runs.




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