CLEARWATER, Fla. — Cole Hamels pitched two innings of one-hit ball, but the Astros overwhelmed the Phillies relievers and won the Grapefruit League opener for both teams 8-3 Saturday.
A home run from Brandon Barnes along with some sloppy defense by Philadelphia helped Houston overcome a 2-0 deficit after two innings. They scored six runs over the next five innings.
Barnes’ homer bookended four RBI singles from the Astros and a RBI groundout.
Chase Utley drove in new teammate Ben Revere in the first for a 1-0 lead. Yuniesky Betancourt hit a RBI single in the second for Philadelphia. Pete Orr added a home run in the eighth inning for the Phillies’ final run.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Washington ace Stephen Strasburg gave up a single and home run to the first two batters he faced in his return to the mound, and the New York Mets beat the Nationals in a spring training opener.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the Mets’ first inning with a single and Ruben Tejada followed by homering over the left-center field fence on a full count.
Strasburg gave up three hits in two innings. He struck out two and walked none.
Strasburg pitched in a game for the first time since Sept. 7 when the Nationals shut him down for the season, rather than push his innings total.
Mets newcomer Shaun Marcum gave up four hits and three runs in two innings. Top Mets prospect Zack Wheeler pitched two shutout innings.
JUPITER, Fla. — Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs to lead the Miami Marlins past the St. Louis Cardinals in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.
David Freese hit a solo homer off John Maine with one out in the second. Maine allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one in his first spring start since making one for Colorado in 2011. He threw 31 pitches, including 18 strikes in two innings.
Miami’s Alfredo Silverio homered off lefty reliever Randy Choate in the fifth. Silverio is a Rule 5 selection from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Robinson Cano and Zoilo Almonte homered for the New York Yankees, who opened spring training with a victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Cano and Mark Teixeira were about the only big names who made the trip to Disney World with the injury-plagued Yankees. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mariano Riviera are all still in rehab mode.
Almonte hit a two-run homer in the third inning off Jordan Walden, while Cano went deep in the fifth. The Braves didn’t help their pitchers with three errors and a passed ball.
New York starter David Phelps pitched two scoreless innings.
Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer that landed halfway up the berm in left field and set up Atlanta’s other run with a double.
LAKELAND, Fla. — Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder homered for Detroit in the Tigers’ loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
SARASOTA, Fla. — Minnesota’s Josh Willingham opened the Grapefruit League season with two hits, including a two-run homer, though the Baltimore Orioles rallied late for a win.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Roberto Hernandez made his Tampa Bay debut a good one, needing just 12 pitches for a perfect first inning in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ win over a split squad of Rays.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Luis Valbuena got off to a great start in his bid to win more playing time with the Cubs, hitting a home run that helped Chicago beat a Los Angeles Angels split squad in the spring training opener for both teams.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ryan Vogelsong pitched two scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval lumbered home from first base on Jackson Williams’ double, and the defending champion San Francisco Giants opened their spring schedule with a victory over a Los Angeles Angels split squad.
PHOENIX — Ryan Braun homered in his first at-bat of spring training and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Oakland Athletics in a spring opener.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Ryan Raburn helped his chances to make Cleveland’s roster by hitting two more homers and the Indians outlasted the Cincinnati Reds in an exhibition game.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw got off to a shaky start in his spring debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a loss to the Chicago White Sox.
PEORIA, Ariz. — Jason Bay and Justin Smoak hit two-run home runs for the Mariners in a victory over the San Diego Padres.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Brandon Wood hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Kansas City Royals a victory over the Texas Rangers.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Troy Tulowitzki got a hit in his first game since having groin surgery and Drew Pomeranz gave up two runs on three hits in the Rockies’ win over the Diamondbacks.