CLEARWATER, Fla. — Roy Halladay allowed two runs over 4 1-3 innings in his first big league spring training appearance in 11 days, prepping for the regular season in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner had not pitched in a major league game since March 17, when he came out of a start against Baltimore after one inning due to a stomach virus. He pitched in a minor league exhibition last Saturday.
Against the Blue Jays, he gave up eight hits and two walks and struck out two. Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind hit consecutive RBI singles in the third.
Toronto starter Brandon Morrow gave up three runs — two earned — and six hits in seven innings.
Astros (ss) 11, Tigers 4
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jonathan Singleton hit two home runs and Jason Castro and Rick Ankiel each hit one, and a Houston Astros split squad beat the Detroit Tigers despite a three-run homer by Prince Fielder.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez gave up nine runs and 11 hits in five innings.
Castro connected for his sixth homer and Ankiel his fourth. Ankiel drove in four runs for Houston and Ronny Cedeno had three hits and scored twice.
Braves 2, Astros 0
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Andrelton Simmons hit his third home run of spring training and Paul Maholm struck out two in four shutout innings as the Atlanta Braves topped a Houston Astros split-squad.
Maholm was named by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez as the No. 2 starter in the Braves’ rotation. He will start Wednesday at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. Maholm ended the spring with an ERA of 1.63
Lucas Harrell, the Astros No. 2 starter, went six innings, allowing a run. His spring ERA is 2.25.
Cardinals 1, Marlins 0
JUPITER, Fla. — Lance Lynn delivered what was easily his best outing of spring training and three relievers made a first-inning run stand up for the St. Louis Cardinals in a victory over the Miami Marlins.
Lynn allowed only two hits in six innings while striking out five. He retired the final 14 batters he faced.
Edward Mujica, Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs combined to allow only one hit over the final three innings to seal the victory and ensure that the Cardinals (16-14), who have one Grapefruit League game remaining, will finish with a winning record.
Matt Holliday had an RBI single off Justin Nicolino for the game’s only run.
Nationals 5, Mets 1
VIERA, Fla. — Gio Gonzalez allowed one hit and struck out seven over four innings as the Washington Nationals closed out their spring training in Florida with a victory over the New York Mets.
Daniel Murphy singled in the first inning, his first at-bat in a major league game this spring. The Mets’ second baseman has been slowed by a strained right intercostal muscle but he thinks he’ll be ready Monday for opening day. Murphy also slid headfirst into second base tagging up on a fly ball.
Pirates 2, Yankees 1
TAMPA, Fla. — Lyle Overbay has emerged as the top contender to be the New York Yankees’ starting first baseman with Mark Teixeira beginning the season on the disabled list.
Overbay had an RBI double as the Yankees ended their Florida segment of spring training with a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Mariners 6, Cubs 4
MESA, Ariz. — Kelly Shoppach hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning, spoiling the Chicago Cubs’ final game at HoHoKam Stadium by leading the Seattle Mariners to a victory.
The Cubs closed out their stay at HoHoKam Stadium with a 6-4 loss Thursday to the Seattle Mariners in front of a crowd of 11,635.
After 17 years at HoHoKam, the Cubs will move to their new facility being built in Mesa. HoHoKam will be dormant for spring training next season before the Oakland Athletics move in for the 2015 season.
Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run home run in the third innings off Mariners’ No. 2 starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma was scheduled to throw 80 pitches but came out after four innings because of a dry skin patch on his fingertips. He said through an interpreter that it happens every spring and it was nothing to be worried about.
Padres 6, Indians 4
PEORIA, Ariz. — Cleveland Indians opening day starter Justin Masterson closed out a solid spring with seven strikeouts in a loss to the San Diego Padres at Peoria Sports Complex.
The right-hander allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. He’ll open the regular season April 2 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Diamondbacks 9, Rangers 3
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Trevor Cahill scattered four hits and struck out 11 in five-plus innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers’ lineup was made up entirely of minor-leaguers, the majority slated to start the season in Class A. Texas’ major leaguers had left Wednesday for Arlington and an exhibition against the Mexico City Red Devils later Thursday.
Royals 8, Reds 3
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez hit home runs off Matt Latos in Kansas City’s five-run third inning, and the Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds.
Gordon’s homer was his seventh of the spring, and Perez — who also doubled — hit his second, a three-run shot.
Brewers 6, Rockies 2
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Lohse had a solid debut three days after signing a $33 million, three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, pitching into the fourth inning of a victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Lohse gave up two first-inning hits, including a run-scoring double by Carlos Gonzalez, but settled down after that. He also gave up doubles to Todd Helton to lead off the second and Dexter Fowler to lead off the third. He did not walk a batter and struck out two.