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Teammates congratulate Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista after he scored in the Blue Jays eight-run fifth inning in a spring training game against the Yankees in Dunedin, Fla. on Wednesday. The Blue Jays defeated New York 10-6.
Teammates congratulate Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista after he scored in the Blue Jays eight-run fifth inning in a spring training game against the Yankees in Dunedin, Fla. on Wednesday. The Blue Jays defeated New York 10-6.
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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for 6 1-3 innings in his tuneup for opening day, and the Detroit Tigers edged Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Wednesday.


Verlander has been dominant this spring, not allowing a single run in 20 innings. He struck out seven and walked one in his latest outing against the Phillies.


Verlander is set to start Monday at home against Kansas City.


Lee gave up one run and six hits in five innings, striking out seven and walking one.


Blue Jays 10, Yankees 6


DUNEDIN, Fla. — Toronto opening day starter R.A. Dickey gave up six runs and seven hits over three innings but the Blue Jays rallied for the win.


The knuckleballer struck out two and walked four in his final spring training start before Monday’s opener at Tampa Bay.


Kelly Johnson had a two-run single in the first. Dean Anna hit an RBI double and Carlos Beltran drove in a pair with a double during a four-run second that put New York up 6-0.


Padres 9, Royals 5


PEORIA, Ariz. — James Shields gave up seven runs in the first inning Wednesday before settling down to throw three scoreless ones in his final start before opening day in the Kansas City loss.


Shields gave up six hits, walked one and hit a batter as the Padres sent 11 to the plate in the first. Shields allowed only one hit after that and finished with a 4.74 spring ERA.


Braves 9, Marlins 2


KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Julio Teheran struck out nine over six innings in his final tuneup for opening day and the Atlanta Braves defeated Miami.


Teheran will start at Milwaukee on Monday. He finished the spring with a 1.80 ERA after allowing two runs on seven hits. His only walk was intentional and he threw 71 of his 100 pitches for strikes.


Cardinals 3, Nationals 2


JUPITER, Fla. — Bryce Harper was ejected Wednesday after being called out at first base in the loss to St. Louis Cardinals.


Harper led off the fourth inning with a slow roller that second baseman Mark Ellis barehanded and flipped to first. The throw appeared to beat Harper and umpire Jeff Gosney called him out.


The 21-year-old Harper kept his head down, screaming his displeasure as he passed Gosney on his way to the third-base dugout. Gosney threw out Harper, who didn’t seem to initially realize he’d been ejected.


Orioles (ss) 5, Red Sox 4


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Miguel Gonzalez got through five innings in his final spring start, giving up four runs as the split-squad Orioles beat Boston.


Gonzalez allowed seven hits, including back-to-back home runs by Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks leading off the fourth.


Pirates 2, Twins 1


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins first baseman Joe Mauer’s error in the eighth inning led to two runs that lifted Pittsburgh to the victory.


Mauer, who has three more spring training games to complete his conversion from a three-time Gold Glove-winning catcher to a full-time first baseman, bobbled a ball hit by Travis Snider with two outs and the bases loaded. The error allowed Tito Polo and Jordy Mercer to score the tying and go-ahead runs.


Diamondbacks 14, Cubs 4


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Arizona’s Brandon McCarthy and Chicago’s Jeff Samardzija wrapped up their spring training with solid outings in the Diamondbacks’ victory.


McCarthy, the starter in Monday’s home opener against San Francisco, allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. Smardzija, the Cubs’ opening-day starter Monday at Pittsburgh, went three innings, giving up a run on four hits.


Indians 10, Brewers 2


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis drove in two runs apiece to send Cleveland to their 18th win of the spring.


Brantley tripled, singled and walked to increase his spring average to .522


Rangers 5, Mariners 3


SURPRISE, Ariz. — Colby Lewis threw five scoreless innings for Texas in the win.


Lewis gave up five hits, struck out three and walked one.


Angels 6, Athletics 2


PHOENIX — C.J. Wilson and Sonny Gray allowed a run each in their final spring training starts in Angels’ win over Oakland.


Wilson, slated to start the second regular-season game for the Angels, allowed an unearned run on four hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking two in his final tuneup.


White Sox 9, Reds 5


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Abreu hit a three-run home run for the White Sox in the win.


The final game of the spring at Camelback Ranch featured high wind, occasional dust, five errors and two replay reviews — both upheld.


Abreu’s homer, his third of the spring, came against Reds starter Brett Marshall in Chicago’s four-run fourth.


Giants 8, Rockies 6


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jorge De La Rosa tuned up for his opening-day start with six shutout innings, but Hector Sanchez hit a game-ending two-run homer to give San Francisco the win.


De La Rosa, 16-6 in 30 starts for the Rockies in 2013, gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out seven against the Giants.


Astros 9, Mets 6


KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Dillon Gee pitched six-innings of no-hit ball Wednesday night in is final tuneup before opening day, but Houston rallied for the victory.


Carlos Corporan, L.J. Hoes and Matt Dominguez hit consecutive doubles off Mets relievers Gonzalez Germen and Carlos Torres to drive in the first five runs in the Astros’ seven-run seventh.

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