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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Kelly Johnson homered after Mark Teixeira’s first hit of the spring, and the New York Yankees beat a Houston Astros split squad 9-6 on Saturday.

Teixeira, playing in his second spring game after missing most of last season due to wrist surgery, led off the third inning with a long double off reliever Darin Downs. Johnson hit the next pitch for his first homer.

Chris Carter hit a three-run homer for the Astros, and Jose Altuve had two hits and scored twice.

Ivan Nova gave up three runs and eight hits in four innings in his second sprig start for the Yankees. Carter’s first spring home run came off Manny Banuelos, the 23-year-old left-hander who didn’t pitch last season after having elbow surgery.

Pirates 10, Rays 5

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Russell Martin homered for the third time this spring and drove in four runs to lead Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates to a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Martin had an RBI single during a six-run first inning against Rays starter Matt Moore. The catcher added a three-run homer off Grant Balfour in the fourth. With six hits in his last 10 spring training at-bats, Martin has boosted his average to .462 through five games.

Phillies 11, Astros (ss) 3

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Carlos Ruiz and Cody Asche each hit a three-run homer to send the Philadelphia Phillies past a Houston Astros split squad.

Asche connected in the fifth inning to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead, and Ruiz’s drive in the sixth made it 7-3.

Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez walked four and struck out four in 3 1-3 innings. He allowed one run and two hits in his third start of the spring.

Mets 3, Tigers 2

LAKELAND, Fla. — Drew Smyly pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three in the Detroit Tigers’ loss to the New York Mets.

Non-Roster outfielder Matt Clark outfielder had a two-run, pinch-hit double in the ninth inning to give the Mets their only lead of the game.

Top prospect Noah Syndergaard allowed three earned runs and walked three in three innings for the Mets.

Orioles (ss) 7, Red Sox (ss) 3

SARASOTA, Fla. — Bud Norris pitched three shutout innings in his second start of the spring, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox in the first of two split squad games between the teams.

The Red Sox will host the Orioles in Fort Myers on Saturday night.

Will Middlebrooks’ fourth inning homer off Tommy Hunter gave the Red Sox their first run.

Blue Jays 4, Twins 3

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jose Bautista hit his third home run of the spring for the Toronto Blue Jays in a victory over the Minnesota Twins, who got three scoreless innings from newcomer Phil Hughes.

Hughes signed a $24 million, three-year contract in the offseason after spending his first seven seasons with the New York Yankees. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two.

The right-hander missed most of spring training with a back injury last year and struggled mightily in the regular season, going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA with the Yankees.

Nationals (ss) 4, Cardinals 4, 10 innings

JUPITER, Fla. — Trevor Rosenthal had a pain-free spring training debut and Michael Wacha pitched three effective innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in a tie with a Washington Nationals split squad.

Nationals (ss) 8, Braves (ss) 2

VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche homered to lead the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves.

Andrelton Simmons had two hits for Atlanta.

Marlins 6, Braves (ss) 6

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jason Heyward went 3 for 3, Justin Upton drove in three runs with a single and a double, and an Atlanta Braves split squad tied the Miami Marlins.

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