MLB inside pitch

2013-03-01T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Gerardo Parra drove in three runs and threw out a base runner Thursday, leading the Diamondbacks to a 6-5 victory over the Reds. Willie Bloomquist added three hits, including a double, and drove in a run for Arizona. Parra batted leadoff in 38 games for the Diamondbacks last season but was in the third spot Thursday - a place that manager Kirk Gibson thinks is suited for Parra.

• Arizona's top pitching prospect, Tyler Skaggs, had a rough outing. He allowed three hits and walked three while retiring two batters.

• Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was scratched form the lineup Thursday because of what the club called "sensitivity in his left arm" - apparently caused by a tattoo. Andrus spent nine hours the two days before Thursday's spring training game against the Indians under a needle. He wanted a likeness of his late father, Emilo Andrus, who died in 1996 when Elvis was 7. The tattoo covers most of Andrus' left arm from the elbow to shoulder. It will apparently be his last. "I'm done with this," he said. "Too much pain."

• Announced as Oakland's opening day starter before the game, Brett Anderson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings Thursday in the Athletics' 5-3 loss to the Cubs. Anderson said manager Bob Melvin gave him the news a day earlier. "It sounded like he wanted to hug, but I am not going to jump up and down and things like that," the pitcher said. "If he wants one I'll give him one, but I won't go out of my way."

• Clayton Kershaw struck out seven over three innings, and the Dodgers beat the Angels 10-8. The Angels are 0-5-2 in spring training.

• James Shields pitched a hitless inning in his Kansas City debut, and the Royals beat the Padres 5-4.

• Lance Berkman singled, walked and scored two runs in his Rangers' spring training debut, a 10-0 win over the Indians.

• The Dodgers held an open tryout Thursday. The 80 hopefuls included pitcher Daniel "Doc" Jacobs, an Iraq veteran who was injured in 2006 by an improvised explosive device. He lost his left leg below his knee. … Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford, projected to be the leadoff hitter, canceled batting practice Thursday because of tightness in his left arm.

Grapefruit League

• Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was all smiles after throwing 18 pitches Thursday in his first simulated game since knee surgery last spring. "I feel good," he said. "I feel real good. Getting stronger and stronger." Rivera, 43, pitched one inning against Yankees' minor-leaguers. He also fielded and covered first base.

• Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks took batting practice Thursday after being cleared by a wrist specialist. Middlebrooks left Wednesday night's game when he felt pain in his right wrist on a checked swing. Middlebrooks broke the wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

• Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano has been cleared to resume baseball activity while wearing a heart monitor. Manager Terry Collins said he thinks Feliciano will have enough time in spring training to get ready for the start of the season.

• Boston's Jon Lackey retired the Pirates on eight pitches in the first inning. Then he labored through a 35-pitch second inning.

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