TAMPA, Fla. — Eduardo Nunez got a hit, drove in a run and made an error while filling in for shortstop Derek Jeter as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-0 Wednesday.
Before the game, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he didn’t know whether Jeter will be available to play on opening day. Jeter got an anti-inflammatory shot in his surgically repaired left ankle and missed his second straight exhibition.
Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis went 0 for 4 playing against his longtime former team.
Boston starter Felix Doubront allowed four runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia pitched in a minor league game and gave up one run in six innings. He’s set to start the opener April 1 against the Red Sox.
Orioles 6, Blue Jays 5
SARASOTA, Fla. — Nolan Reimold hit two of the Baltimore Orioles’ five solo home runs in a win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
J.J. Hardy and Reimold hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning, and three batters later, Nate McLouth. In the third, Chris Davis and Reimold connected. Zach Britton, who is in competition for the Orioles’ No. 5 starting job, allowed five runs and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings.
Emilio Bonifacio, who had three hits, had a two-run home run off Britton.
Jeremy Jeffress started for the Blue Jays and allowed the first three home runs in two innings.
Nationals 7, Marlins 5
JUPITER, Fla. — Bryce Harper had two hits and drove in four runs to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins.
Harper had a two-run double in the third and a two-run single in the fifth, raising his spring batting average to .400 (20-for-50) with 12 RBIs. Chris Young allowed two hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Wade LeBlanc gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings. LeBlanc is among those vying for the Marlins No. 5 starter’s spot.
Washington’s Kurt Suzuki had two hits, including a solo homer off Tom Koehler in the ninth. Jayson Werth had two hits and a sacrifice fly.
Braves 18, Pirates 9
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons each hit two home runs and the Atlanta Braves bopped the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Freeman went 4 for 4 and drove in four runs. He’s hit five of his seven spring homers in the past six games and is batting .373 (22 for 59) this spring.
Simmons also doubled in his first game back from the World Baseball Classic.
Braves starter Mike Minor allowed 10 hits, including a homer by Andrew McCutchen, and five runs in four innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Kyle McPherson, competing for a spot in the Pirates’ rotation, gave up 10 hits and nine runs in 4 2-3 innings.
Angels 6, Indians 5
TEMPE, Ariz. — Los Angeles Angels starter Tommy Hanson was pulled because of tightness in his right triceps as he warmed up for the fourth inning in win over the Cleveland Indians.
Hanson said he thought he was taken out for precautionary reasons. The right-hander said he felt the best he has all spring.
Hanson, acquired in an offseason deal with Atlanta, allowed three hits and two runs with four strikeouts in his fourth spring start.
Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer allowed five hits and four runs in three innings in the roughest outing of six appearances.
Giants (ss) 6, Padres 4
PEORIA, Ariz. — Brandon Crawford had three hits and an RBI, leading a San Francisco Giants split squad to a victory over the San Diego Padres.
The Padres hoped starter Andrew Cashner would get into the fourth inning with less that 40 pitches, but he didn’t make it through the third — he threw 31 pitches in the first. But Cashner only gave up one run on three hits. He struck out four in his second start of spring training.
Giants starter Chad Gaudin pitched three innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. He had two strike outs.
Royals 7, Dodgers 2
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Mike Moustakas went 3-for-3 and homered for the second consecutive day as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Moustakas homered in the fifth inning off reliever Matt Guerrier. Lorenzo Cain and Johnny Giavotella added solo home runs for Kansas City.
Royals right-hander Wade Davis, who skipped a start with shoulder inflammation, allowed one run in four-plus innings. He gave up two hits, but walked four and threw just 36 strikes in 64 pitches.
Davis was lifted after a single and two walks in the fifth. Reliever Luis Coleman induced Skip Schumaker to ground into a double play and struck out Mark Ellis.
Brewers 0, Giants 0
SCOTTSDALE — San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong and Milwaukee’s Chris Narveson each pitched six impressive innings and the Giants and Brewers played a neat 0-0, 10-inning tie in a game between split squads.
Vogelsong, fresh off a stint with the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic, gave up three hits, walked one and struck out seven. Narveson had his best outing of spring training, allowing just one hit, walking none and striking out four.
The teams’ closers, San Francisco’s Sergio Romo and Milwaukee’s John Axford, both had scoreless innings. Romo gave up a hit, walked a man and struck out a batter.
Diamondbacks 4, White Sox 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ryan Court hit a tiebreaking two-run single against Dylan Axelrod in the eighth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy gave up 10 hits but only two runs over six innings. McCarthy allowed a home run to Jordan Danks, who continued his torrid pace with two hits. After a horrendous start, Danks has 12 hits in his last 17 at-bats, although he remains a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.