TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter got a partial standing ovation Thursday before going hitless in two at-bats in the first spring training game of his final season, a New York Yankees’ 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Yankees captain, who turns 40 in June, hit a double-play grounder to second off Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton in the first and grounded out to third during the fourth against left-hander Jeff Locke.
Limited to 17 games last season due to leg injuries, Jeter was at shortstop in his first exhibition season appearance. He broke his left ankle in the 2012 AL championship series and did not appear at shortstop last spring training until March 13.
Mariners 7, Padres 1
PEORIA, Ariz. — Robinson Cano lined a single into center field on the first pitch he saw in a Seattle uniform, part of a two-run first inning that sent the Mariners over San Diego in a Cactus League opener.
Cano drew the loudest ovation of the day when he was introduced, then got his hit against Eric Stults. The All-Star left the Yankees in the offseason and signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners.
Cano played three innings. He walked on four pitches in the third before being lifted for a pinch runner. He had two assists playing at second base.
Blue Jays 7, Phillies 5
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jose Bautista kept up his torrid start to the spring, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs that sent Toronto over Philadelphia.
A day after hitting a long home run against the Phillies in his first at-bat of exhibition play, Bautista had an RBI double in the first inning off Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee.
Philadelphia’s offense was powered by a pair of home runs from bench hopefuls: Darin Ruf hit a two-run shot in the third and John Mayberry Jr. had a solo drive in the sixth.
Tigers 5, Braves 2
LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit newcomers Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan each pitched a scoreless inning. helping the Tigers beat Atlanta.
Chamberlain and Nathan were brought in to solidify a Tigers bullpen that struggled through much last season. Chamberlain, the right-hander who foundered with the Yankees in 2013, had a strikeout. Nathan, who had 43 saves for Texas last year, struck out two. It was the Tigers debut for both.
Rangers 11, Royals 7
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Yu Darvish struck out four in two innings of the spring opener for Texas, and Prince Fielder hit a towering solo homer as the Rangers beat Kansas City.
Darvish, who led the majors with 277 strikeouts and was second in the AL Cy Young Award voting last season, threw 23 of 29 pitches for strikes.
Fielder, acquired in a trade from Detroit for Ian Kinsler, pulled a homer over the Rangers bullpen, well beyond the 350-foot sign on the right field fence.
Diamondbacks (ss) 5, Cubs 2
MESA, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija pitched two shutout innings before an overflow crowd in the Chicago Cubs’ opener at their new stadium, a loss to an Arizona split-squad.
The crowd of 14,486 at the new stadium at Riverview Park set a Cactus League record.
Martin Prado had two singles and a run-scoring double for Arizona. Eric Chavez followed Prado’s double with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Brewers 11, Athletics 3
PHOENIX — Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat back from suspension, Juan Francisco slugged two homers and Milwaukee opened its spring training schedule with a win over Oakland.
Braun hit an 0-1 pitch from starter Tommy Milone high in the air and over the fence near the left-field corner. The 2011 NL MVP was greeted by mainly a hearty chorus of cheers, though there were some jeers before the at-bat.
It was Braun’s first time in the Brewers lineup since July 21, 2013. He was suspended the next day for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug agreement.
Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks (ss) 3
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Zack Greinke left with a strained right calf after four pitches, Juan Uribe homered and had an RBI single and Los Angeles beat an Arizona split-squad.
The Dodgers said Greinke’s injury was mild. Uribe drove in Adrian Gonzalez and connected for a solo shot to left field in the fourth.
Indians 12, Reds 3
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Justin Masterson struck out two in a scoreless inning, catching prospect Jake Lowery hit a grand slam and Cleveland homered three times during a victory over Cincinnati.
Elliot Johnson and Tyler Naquin added two-run homers. Zach Cozart had a two-run double for the Reds.