TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is expected to be out until May after breaking his right forearm.
The slugger was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, his first at-bat of spring training. The Yankees, who were beat 2-0 by a Toronto Blue Jays’ split-squad, first called it a bruise but X-rays revealed the break.
“Five pitches in we got a little setback,” said Granderson, who was wearing a molded brace. “Now we rest, recovery, get it back, and get ready to play whenever that day comes.”
The team said Granderson could be out 10 weeks, which means he’ll miss about a month of the regular season.
“Mentally, you understand this is part of it, but at the same time now there’s not much I can do about it except do the best things I can to not make it worse,” Granderson said. Keep myself ready to go.”
It’s a major blow for the Yankees, who are already without Alex Rodriguez until at least the All-Star break. The Yankees also lost Nick Swisher to free agency.
Granderson led New York with 43 homers last season. The Yankees hit 245 homers last year and had five players with at least 20. This year they could open the season with just two players, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano, who topped 20.
Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, in the competition for the fourth outfielder spot, could see increased playing time.
Happ, coming back from foot surgery, went two scoreless innings, giving up three hits. Projected as the team’s sixth starter, the left-hander had a 10-11 record with a 4.79 ERA in 24 starts and four relief appearances last season.
Phillies 5, Tigers 5
LAKELAND, Fla. — Cy Young Award winners Roy Halladay and Justin Verlander made their spring training debuts Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers tied in 10 innings.
Both aces allowed a run and struck out two in two innings.
Victor Martinez had a big day at the plate for the Tigers, going 3 for 3 with a home run off Halladay. Martinez, who batted .330 with 102 RBIs for Detroit in 2011, missed last season with a left knee injury. He is batting .571 this spring.
Ryan Howard had two doubles and an RBI for the Phillies, who tied the score in the eighth on a homer by Domonic Brown.
AL MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 3, dropping his spring average to .111.
Astros 7, Mets (ss) 7
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Matt Harvey worked two innings in his spring debut for New York, giving up two hits including a home run to former Mets outfielder Fernando Martinez, and the Houston Astros scored late in a tie.
Houston starter Bud Norris also pitched two innings, giving up a home run to Jamie Hoffman.
George Springer drove in the tying run in the ninth but the game was called because the Mets’ split squad ran out of pitchers. Much of their team remained in Port St. Lucie to play the University of Michigan.
Jordany Valdespin’s two-run homer gave the Mets a 3-1 lead in the third, and they stretched it to 6-1 in the fourth when Josh Satin drove in two runs with the first of his two doubles.
Mets (ss) 5, University of Michigan 2
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Dillon Gee allowed one run in two innings in his first outing since having a blood clot removed from an artery in his throwing shoulder, helping a New York Mets split squad beat the University of Michigan in an exhibition game at Tradition Field.
Gee struck out three in his first outing since July 7.
Jonathon Niese started for the Mets against owner Fred Wilpon’s alma mater. He allowed one run in two innings and struck out two. He also threw two wild pitches in the first inning, the second of which allowed a run.
Marlon Bryd had a run-scoring single in the second inning. Mets second base prospect Wilmer Flores led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to left field.
Marlins 2, Nationals 2
VIERA, Fla. — Drew Storen’s first chance to put last season’s playoff flop behind him didn’t go so well.
The Washington Nationals reliever gave up a late lead against the Miami Marlins in a game that was stopped after 10 innings with the score tied 2-all.
Jake Jeffries drove in the tying run for Miami with an RBI groundout in the ninth against Storen.
Bryce Harper had two singles for the Nationals in a game that was delayed 66 minutes by rain. Anthony Rendon gave Washington a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Orioles 5, Blue Jays (ss) 4
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Mark Buehrle was tagged for a two-run homer in his Toronto debut, and the Baltimore Orioles beat a Blue Jays split squad.
Buehrle allowed two runs and four hits over 1 1-3 innings in his first outing since the Miami Marlins sent him to Toronto as part of a blockbuster trade that also included Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson. The left-hander retired his first four batters before Lew Ford singled and Steve Pearce homered.
After singles by Danny Valencia and Taylor Teagarden, Buehrle was yanked.
Jair Jurrjens, signed by the Orioles to a minor league contract, allowed one run and two hits in two innings.
Pirates 9, Braves 2
BRADENTON, Fla. — Clint Barmes went 2 for 2 with a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves.
Non-roster invitee Brad Hawpe added a two-run single for the Pirates. James McDonald, trying to bounce back from a dreadful second half of the 2012 season, pitched two scoreless innings for Pittsburgh.
Jason Heyward hit a solo home run for the Braves. Julio Teheran struck out two in two innings but Atlanta fell to 0-3 in Grapefruit League play after the Pirates had their way with the Braves’ relievers.
Barmes is trying to bounce back from a miserable season at the plate in which he hit just .229 and struggled at the bottom of Pittsburgh’s lineup. He singled in his first at-bat and then lined a shot into the left-field stands off Jonny Venters.
Rays 10, Twins 7
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joe Mauer was impressed with the Twins pitching staff despite Minnesota’s loss in 10 innings to the Tampa Bay Rays.
In his first spring training appearance, Mauer caught Kyle Gibson, a 2009 first-round draft pick out of the University of Missouri hoping to make the Twins’ rotation coming off Tommy John elbow-reconstruction surgery.
Gibson struck out two and gave up one hit in two innings.
Mauer went 0 for 2 with a walk. He is scheduled to leave camp after this week to play catcher for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Rays reliever Juan Sandoval, attempting to pitch in the big leagues with one eye because of a hunting accident in 2006, gave up one run and two hits in one inning. He struck out one.
Cubs 4, Giants 3
MESA, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija made a strong spring debut and the Chicago Cubs scored four unearned runs in the first inning against San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain, then held on for a victory at HoHoKam Stadium.
Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro acquired as a free agent over the winter, hit a three-run homer in the first inning after Alfonso Soriano hit a line drive off the right leg of Cain and reached first as the ball caromed away. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt made a throwing error one batter earlier.
Indians (ss) 3, Reds 0
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched two scoreless innings in blustery conditions and seven Cleveland pitchers combined on a one-hitter, leading an Indians split squad to a win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Matsuzaka was limited to just 11 starts last season for Boston after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. He’s trying to win a spot in Cleveland’s rotation this spring.
The Japanese right-hander hit Cincinnati’s Ryan Hanigan with his first pitch, but got a double-play grounder on his second and settled in. Matsuzaka says he feels better now than at any time last season, when he went 1-7 with 8.28 ERA for the Red Sox.
Jason Donald singled in the sixth for Cincinnati’s only hit.
Indians (ss) 7, Brewers 4
PHOENIX — Carlos Santana and Ezequiel Carrera homered to help a Cleveland Indians split squad beat the Milwaukee Brewers.
Mike Aviles and Cord Phelps added RBI singles for the Indians. Carlos Carrasco, who missed last season following Tommy John surgery, started and allowed four runs — three earned — on four hits and a walk in one inning.
Scott Kazmir and Trevor Bauer, also competing for spots at the back end of Cleveland’s rotation, each pitched two scoreless innings.
Mark Rogers gave up two runs, two hits and three walks for the Brewers.
Mariners 8, Padres 3
PEORIA, Ariz. — Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer off former teammate Freddy Garcia to spark a five-run first-inning and lead the Seattle Mariners to a win over the San Diego Padres.
Garcia and Ibanez were twice teammates in Seattle and played together last season for the New York Yankees.
Ibanez, who will turn 41 this season, sent a sinker over the right field wall for his first homer of the spring.
Mike Morse and Michael Saunders followed Ibanez with back-to-back doubles before Garcia recorded his first out, a strikeout of Jesus Montero. The 36-year-old Garcia allowed five hits and four earned runs in his only inning.
Robert Andino and Kyle Seager each went 2 for 3 with a run scored for the Mariners.
Royals 7, Rangers 5
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Matt Harrison gave up four runs before being lifted in the first inning of the Texas Rangers’ loss to the Kansas City Royals.
An 18-game winner last year, Harrison threw 40 pitches as the Royals batted around. He allowed six hits, including Alcides Escobar’s RBI triple.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza, the Caribbean Series MVP, allowed one run on four hits in four innings.
The Rangers tied the score at 5 on Leury Garcia’s two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 6
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Eric Hinske and Martin Prado combined for five of Arizona’s 14 hits and five RBIs to lead the Diamondbacks over the Colorado Rockies.
Hinske, who signed as a free agent in December, had three singles and drove in two runs. Prado, acquired via trade in the offseason, drove in three runs with a pair of hits, including a two-run double during Arizona’s five-run fourth. Prado has four RBIs in his first two spring games.
Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Colorado, and Jose Gonzalez, Matt McBride and Kyle Parker each had run-scoring hits during a four-run eighth.
Dodgers 2, White Sox 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Zack Greinke pitched two clean innings in his Dodgers debut and Los Angeles tied the Chicago White Sox in a Cactus League game that was called after nine innings.
Pitching for the first time since he signed a $147 million, six-year contract to join the free-spending Dodgers in the offseason, Greinke retired six of his seven batters. He struck out leadoff man Dewayne Wise and third-place hitter Alex Rios in the first inning.
Greinke gave up one hit, a single up the middle by Jeff Keppinger.
Athletics 7, Angels 5
TEMPE, Ariz. — Chris Young doubled home a run before leaving with a leg cramp in the Oakland Athletics’ victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Seth Smith had two RBIs and Coco Crisp added a pair of hits for Oakland. Young doubled and scored in the first inning but was removed for precautionary reasons with a quadriceps cramp.
Young, acquired from Arizona during the offseason, is expected to play all over the outfield this season because the A’s already have three regulars in Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick.