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Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, top, reacts as Tampa Bay Rays' Cole Figueroa slides into second base during the fifth inning of an exhibition game in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday. Figueroa was out at second after trying to stretch a single into a double.
Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, top, reacts as Tampa Bay Rays' Cole Figueroa slides into second base during the fifth inning of an exhibition game in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday. Figueroa was out at second after trying to stretch a single into a double.
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PITTSBURGH — Jimmy Rollins was 0 for 4 in his return to Philadelphia’s lineup after a three-game benching and NL MVP Andrew McCutchen hit his third home run of spring training in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Friday.


Rollins grounded out twice, took a called third strike and flied out.


A day earlier, Rollins said he thought manager Ryne Sandberg was upset about something, which caused the benching, but Sandberg said he had wanted to Freddy Galvis some at-bats with the season’s start a few weeks off..


McCutchen went 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .524 (12 for 22).


Travis Snider also had two hits for Pittsburgh, including a double.


Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the exhibition season, a leadoff drive in the sixth inning off rookie Jay Jackson. He has missed significant chunks of the last two seasons because of a variety of leg injuries.


Chase Utley drove in a pair of runs for Philadelphia.


Twins (ss) 7, Yankees (ss) 3


TAMPA, Fla. — Mark Teixeira had an RBI single during a three-run first inning in the New York Yankees’ loss to the Minnesota Twins.


The first baseman had surgery to repair the tendon sheath in his right wrist last July. He was injured in early March preparing for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA. After returning May 31, Teixeira’s season ended June 15 when he took himself out of a game against the Los Angeles Angels.


Teixeira went 1 for 2 with a walk Friday, and the switch-hitter is 2 for 12 overall.


Brian Roberts hit a run-scoring double in the first off rotation candidate Kyle Gibson, who allowed three runs and three hits over four innings.


David Phelps gave up two runs and five hits, including a long homer to Brian Dozier, in four innings for the Yankees.


Braves 6, Rays 1


KISSIMMEE, Fla. — David Hale provided a bright spot for the Atlanta Braves’ beleaguered rotation, allowing one run in four innings while striking out three to lead the Braves past the Tampa Bay Rays.


Chris Archer went 4 2-3 innings in his longest stint of the spring for Tampa Bay, allowing a run while striking out six and lowering his spring ERA to 0.90.


Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1


DUNEDIN, Fla. — Clay Buchholz pitched two-hit ball for four scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays.


Buchholz allowed singles by Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera in the first and struck out three.


Orioles 2, Twins (ss) 2


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Wei-Yin Chen pitched four innings of three-hit ball, Henry Urrutia homered and the Baltimore Orioles tied a Minnesota Twins’ split squad.


Tigers 12, Nationals 6


LAKELAND, Fla. — Torii Hunter was 4 for 4 and the Detroit Tigers had 22 hits in a win over Washington.


Nick Castellanos, Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2010, had three hits and drove in two runs to extend his Grapefruit League-leading RBIs total to 15.


Cardinals 6, Astros 4


KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Michael Wacha struck out five in 3 2-3 scoreless innings and Matt Carpenter and Xavier Scruggs each drove in two runs for the St. Louis Cardinals.


Giants 4, Rockies (ss) 0


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants opening-day starter Madison Bumgarner pitched five stellar innings and Hunter Pence hit a pair of solo homers, pacing the San Francisco Giants to a victory over a Colorado Rockies split-squad.


Padres 4, Angels 2


PEORIA, Ariz. — Eric Stults had his best outing of spring training, allowing one run over five innings, and Nick Hundley homered in the San Diego Padres’ win over the Los Angeles Angels.

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