MLB inside pitch

2013-03-25T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Dodgers' Carl Crawford had two hits on Sunday, including a solo home run, in his second start in left field after missing most of 2012 following surgery on his (left) throwing elbow. He also made a handful of solid throws from the outfield.

• Oakland closer Grant Balfour made his second appearance of the spring, pitching another scoreless inning with a strikeout in a 7-4 victory over the Dodgers.

• Reds' Bronson Arroyo is pretty sure he avoided a serious injury. Arroyo left his start in the sixth inning Sunday after getting hit on his pitching hand by David Murphy's line drive during Cincinnati's 7-2 loss to the Rangers. Arroyo had his right hand in a bandage but was optimistic he wouldn't miss a start. X-rays at Surprise Stadium did not detect a break.

• Reds third base coach Mark Berry told the team he has been diagnosed with cancer on his tonsils and neck lymph nodes. Berry, 50, returned Wednesday to Cincinnati to have a biopsy, which came back positive.

• San Diego's Yonder Alonso hit his fifth home run in his last nine games and the San Diego Padres beat a split squad of Brewers 6-4 on Sunday. He had two hits, scored twice and drove in three runs in another solid performance in his late spring surge.

• Veteran right-hander Jon Garland was at the Rockies' Scottsdale camp and will sign with the team pending his physical. Garland had spent the spring with the Mariners and posted a 2.25 ERA but exercised the opt-out in his minor-league contract to allow him to pursue a major-league deal.

Grapefruit League

• Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said captain Derek Jeter was likely to join Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list at the start of the season.

• After spending almost five years in the Navy, simply being on the mound at Roger Dean Stadium was exhilarating for Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris - even if the results were disappointing. Harris gave up a pair of two-run homers and took the loss as a Mets split squad beat St. Louis 10-7 on Sunday.

• Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced that Aaron Hicks will be their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter after Sunday's 14-5 win over the Blue Jays. Hicks, who played at Double-A New Britain last year, went 4 for 4 and scored three runs while raising his batting average to .350.

• Tigers manager Jim Leyland said 95 percent of the team is defined, but he still hasn't settled on a closer. Rookie RHP Bruce Rondon remains a candidate. "I don't know who the closer is right now," Leyland said. "Rondon is a possibility."

• Red Sox rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run homer in the second inning and finished with four RBIs. He had a sacrifice fly in the third as Boston won 7-6 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

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