SARASOTA, Fla. — South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon threw one shutout inning in his debut with the Baltimore Orioles, who got a home run from Chris Davis in a 2-1 victory over a New York Yankees’ split-squad Saturday.
The 27-year-old Yoon didn’t exactly face a Murderer’s Row of Yankees, who sent most of their stars to Panama for an exhibition game.
Yoon gave up a single to Ramon Flores, then retired Mason Williams and Kyle Roller on fly balls. He ended his 11-pitch stint by getting Carmen Angelini to bounce out to second.
Yoon said, “I knew I’d be nervous, but I pitched nine years in Korea so overall I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be.”
Yoon signed a three-year contract with the Orioles in February, but his debut was delayed by difficulties in obtaining a work visa. He hopes to ultimately be a part of Baltimore’s starting rotation.
Rays (ss) 6, Pirates 3
BRADENTON, Fla. — Wil Myers left the game in the third inning with a bruised right quadriceps and Ben Zobrist doubled, scored a run and drove in a run as a Tampa Bay Rays split squad beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Myers, last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, fouled a ball off his leg and bent over a few times. He was then helped to the dugout by Rays athletic trainer Paul Harker.
Zobrist drove in a run in the first inning then doubled and scored in the third inning as the Rays built a 4-1 lead against Pirates starter Edinson Volquez. Jerry Sands, who replaced Myers, hit a two-run single in the eighth to make it 6-3.
Rays (ss) 6, Blue Jays 3
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Erik Bedard pitched into the fifth inning in his bid to win a spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation, helping a Rays split-squad beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
Bedard allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Mikie Mahtook hit a grand slam and Evan Longoria added a RBI single off Blue Jays starter Sean Nolin, who allowed five second-inning runs.
Mets 3, Twins 3, 9 innings
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Chris Young hit his first home run this spring and also singled as a split squad of New York Mets tied the Minnesota Twins.
Mets starter Dillon Gee threw three scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out three. He gave up a pair of singles in each of the first two innings, but escaped both times.
Nationals 2, Marlins 1
JUPITER, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg outpitched Jose Fernandez and the Nationals beat the Marlins.
Will Rhymes scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the third and in the top of the fifth, Danny Espinosa scored on Wilson Ramos’ single to center.
Tigers 14, Astros 3
LAKELAND, Fla. — Ian Kinsler hit his first two home runs for the Detroit Tigers, highlighting a win over the Houston Astros.
Kinsler drove in four runs. Torii Hunter and Danny Worth each had three RBIs.