The Associated Press
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Roy Halladay outpitched Stephen Strasburg in a marquee matchup that became a bit testy as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 Wednesday.
With one out and runners on the corners in the third inning, Washington’s Strasburg hit Chase Utley in the lower left leg with a pitch. After getting two quick outs in the fourth, the Phillies’ Halladay threw a pitch behind Tyler Moore.
The Nationals won their first NL title last season, ending the Philadelphia’s five-year run atop the division.
The 36-year-old Halladay allowed two hits, a walk and struck out two in four scoreless innings for Philadelphia. The 24-year-old Strasburg gave up two runs, five hits and a walk in 3 2-3 innings. He had one strike out.
Tigers 4, Blue Jays 1
LAKELAND, Fla. — Torii Hunter hit his first home run with the Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander allowed one hit in four innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cardinals 7, Marlins 2
JUPITER, Fla. — Jake Westbrook showed no ill effects of the bruised knee that forced him to leave his first spring start after one inning, limiting the Miami Marlins to a run and four hits over three innings of the St. Louis Cardinals’ win.
Dominican Republic 8, Yankees 2
TAMPA, Fla. — New York right-hander Hiroki Kuroda temporarily slowed down the heavy-hitting Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team, allowing two hits over three scoreless innings in the Yankees’ loss.
The Dominican Republic opens WBC play Thursday night against Venezuela at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Venezuela 14, Mets 10
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Jonathon Niese struggled against Venezuela’s All-Star lineup , allowing four runs in the New York Mets’ 14-10 loss to the World Baseball Classic squad playing its final tuneup for the World Baseball Classic.
Orioles 19, Spain 7
SARASOTA, Fla. — Jake Arrieta allowed one unearned run in three innings and Russ Canzler had two home runs and drove in six runs as the Baltimore Orioles routed Spain’s World Baseball Classic team.
Puerto Rico 8, Twins 7
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Angel Pagan led an All-Star lineup for Puerto Rico’s national team by going 2 for 3 with an RBI in a victory over the Minnesota Twins in a tuneup for the World Baseball Classic.
Indians 4, Dodgers 0
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Jason Giambi drove in two runs and Justin Masterson outpitched Hyun-Jin Ryu, leading the Cleveland Indians to a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 42-year-old Giambi signed a minor league deal with Cleveland just ahead of the start of spring training with hopes of playing one more season in an 18-year career. He singled and hit a sacrifice fly to pace the Indians offense.
Royals 8, Diamondbacks 1
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Alex Gordon hit a grand slam, James Shields pitched three scoreless innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks to remain unbeaten in spring training.
Gordon also doubled and scored two twice, and Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur each drove in a run as Kansas City improved to 11-0-1 in the Cactus League.
Pirates 9, Red Sox 3
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston starter Jon Lester pitched four innings of two-hit ball as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Red Sox.
Lester allowed one run and three walks while striking out three. He is projected to start on opening day for Boston.
Pirates starter Jeff Locke also gave up one run in four innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs for Pittsburgh.
Rangers 3, Cubs 2
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Lance Berkman hit his first home run of spring training, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs.
Mitch Moreland had a run-scoring single and Ian Kinsler drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly for the Rangers, who have won three of four.
Texas starter Robbie Ross, a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed one run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Alexi Ogando, the Rangers’ projected fourth starter, went three innings and gave up a run on two hits and two walks. He struck out six.
Brewers 7, Mariners 6
PEORIA, Ariz. — Rickie Weeks got three hits and roster hopefuls Khris Davis and Hunter Morris homered as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Seattle, ending the Mariners’ 10-game winning streak.
Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer and Michael Morse also connected for the Mariners. Seattle’s winning string had been its longest ever in spring training.