MLB inside pitch

2013-03-24T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Elliot Johnson homered for the Royals as they beat the Diamondbacks 11-10 on Saturday in Surprise to improve to 20-6-1 - two wins shy of their spring training record in 1999. Paul Goldschmidt drove in four runs for Arizona, going 3 for 3 with two doubles to raise his batting average to .412. Arizona outfielder Alfredo Marte homered in the eighth to tie it. He returned to the big league camp after Adam Eaton's elbow injury.

• Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley, who bruised the index finger on his right hand on March 15, pitched 4 2/3 innings in a minor league game Saturday and is confident he will be ready when the season begins.

• The Giants' Tim Lincecum struggled again in his fourth start of the spring, giving up five runs and six hits in three-plus innings, including a long homer to Yoenis Cespedes, as Oakland beat San Francisco 12-5 in Scottsdale. Lincecum is 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA this spring.

• In Mesa, Edwin Jackson pitched five uneven innings but also got two hits and an RBI as the Chicago Cubs beat an Angels' split squad 7-6. Jackson allowed five runs and eight hits. The Cubs' David DeJesus extended his spring hitting streak to 11 games.

• Garrett Richards threw 6 1/3 innings in the longest outing by an Angels pitcher this spring, leading Los Angeles' split squad over Milwaukee 5-1 in Tempe. He allowed one run and three hits.

Grapefruit League

• St. Louis closer Jason Motte likely will start the season on the disabled because of a mild muscle flexor strain in his pitching arm.

• Andy Pettitte, 40, struck out five over 6 1/3 innings in his longest outing of the year as the New York Yankees lost to Detroit 10-6.

• The Yankees brought back pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, signing him to a minor league contract. Wang, 32, went 55-26 for New York in five seasons and was 2-6 with a 6.68 ERA with Washington last year.

• Derek Jeter, still recovering from his broken ankle, went 0 for 4 with four grounduouts as a DH for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate.

• Fifth starterJulio Teheran struck out 10 in six hitless innings and Dan Uggla hit one of three homers as an Atlanta split squad beat Houston 3-2. Teheran, a rookie righty, lowered his ERA to 1.04 in six starts.

• Clay Buchholz pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning, but Boston lost 5-3 to Pittsburgh. He allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

• In his first spring start after the World Baseball Classic, Gio Gonzalez allowed one run and four hits in six innings during the Nationals' 3-1 loss to the Mets. Bryce Harper was scratched from the Washington lineup with swelling in his left hand.

• Lance Lynn, who has struggled since losing 30 pounds during the offseason, gave up three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings for St. Louis in a 6-5 loss to Miami.

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