MLB inside pitch

2013-03-09T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• In Tempe, Arizona's game with the Angels was rained out with the score 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler pitched one inning and gave up two hits and a run. Randall Delgado pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing two hits. ... Arizona OF Tony Campana, spiked in the left hand Thursday, is expected to miss about a week after taking eight stitches. ... Shortstop Didi Gregorius, Arizona's starting DH on Friday, strained the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow while training for the World Baseball Classic and is questionable for opening day.

• In Peoria, Josh Donaldson broke out of an 0-for-15 slump with a pair of long home runs as Oakland's game against Seattle was rained out in the top of the fourth inning with the Athletics ahead 12-1.

• In Goodyear, Canyon del Oro High grad Scott Hairston homered for the Cubs before their game against a split squad of Cincinnati Reds was rained out in the second inning Friday night.

• In Glendale, Chris Capuano pitched four solid innings and Ramon Castro hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers before their split-squad game against the Reds was rained out.

• Royals right-hander Wade Davis is suffering shoulder soreness and has been scratched from a Saturday start against San Francisco.

• The Indians say outfielder Michael Brantley should return to the lineup Sunday after getting 15 stitches in his left forearm following a slide into third base Feb. 25.

• In Glendale, with rain forecast, the White Sox had Jake Peavy pitch a simulated game, with an exhibition vs. San Diego washed out after three innings.

Grapefruit League

• Derek Jeter could be making his first game appearance Saturday since breaking an ankle last October in the AL championship series, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after a 6-1 loss to the Miami Marlins. ... Mariano Rivera's family is on its way to Tampa for the expected announcement today that the star reliever, 43, will retire after the season.

• In Viera, Fla., the Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann allowed eight runs and nine hits in three innings in a 16-10 loss to St. Louis. He has given up 13 runs and 16 hits in three spring starts.

• Pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia returned to the Mets' camp and can resume play after being diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid gland.

• Coming off a big season, St. Louis first baseman-outfielder Allen Craig agreed to a $31 million, five-year contract that could be worth $43 million over six seasons.

• In Fort Myers, Fla., ex-Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey, coming off of Tommy John surgery, struck out five in three impressive innings to help the Twins beat Boston 2-0.

WBC

• In Phoenix, Italy followed its win over Mexico with a 14-4 thumping of Canada on Friday to go to 2-0 in Group D competition of the World Baseball Classic. Chris Colabello drove in four runs with four hits, including a three-run homer, to lead the rout. Italy had never won more than a game in either of the two previous Classics.

• In San Juan, Puerto, Rico, Carlos Beltran's RBI double keyed a three-run first inning and a trio of Puerto Rico pitchers combined on a five-hitter to beat Spain 3-0.

• In Tokyo, Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer to lead the Netherlands over Cuba 6-2 in the second round of the WBC. Cuba must beat Taiwan today to have a chance to advance to the final round in San Francisco on March 17-19.

• In Tokyo, Sho Tanaka drove in the go-ahead run with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly, lifting defending champion Japan over Taiwan 4-3.

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