MLB inside pitch

2013-03-19T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Cubs' Edwin Jackson allowed one run and three hits in six innings as Chicago rested most of its regulars in a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres

.• Michael Morse is back for a second tour of duty with the Mariners, and they like what they see. He broke a sixth-inning tie with his sixth home run of spring training, and Seattle defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-5.

• Cleveland's Daisuke Matsuzaka, trying to make a comeback after pitching in just 11 games last season with Boston following elbow reconstruction surgery, may accept an offer to stay in the club's minor-league camp. Matsuzaka expressed an interest in staying with Cleveland and will be paid $18,000 a month, although a final agreement has not been reached.

• Padres third baseman Chase Headley will miss at least the first two weeks of the season after breaking the tip of his left thumb. Headley was injured Sunday while sliding into second base trying to break up a double play.

• A's closer Grant Balfour, who had right knee surgery on Feb. 14, started a minor-league game and threw 17 pitches, giving up two runs and a pair of hits with one strikeout. Manager Bob Melvin said he wants to have Balfour pitch in about five big league games before opening day

Grapefruit League

• Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes appeared to escape without injury when he was hit in the lower back by a one-hop comebacker in a simulated game. Hughes was struck Monday in his first simulated game since he was sidelined last month by a bulging disk in his upper back.

• Red Sox DH David Ortiz's scheduled batting practice was canceled due to continued pain in both heels. "He's not ready for that next phase," manager John Farrell said.

• Washington's new closer, Rafael Soriano, had an outing to forget. The Detroit Tigers rallied for four runs off him in the seventh inning and beat the Nationals 5-1. Soriano has an 11.57 ERA in five spring training appearances, allowing six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

• Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter was at training camp Monday and said his career may be over due to numbing and tingling sensations in his pitching hand, arm and shoulder.

• Twins LHP Scott Diamond remains on track to join the Twins rotation on April 12, less than two weeks after the season opener. He threw 24 pitches over two innings in a minor-league game on Monday. Diamond has been recovering from offseason surgery to remove bone chips from the elbow.

• Braves reliever Jordan Walden, sidelined by a bulging disk in his back for more than three weeks, threw batting practice for a second time on Monday and is slated to pitch Wednesday against Pittsburgh. His only major league exhibition appearance was Feb. 23.

• Brian Dozier, bidding to become the Minnesota Twins' starting second baseman, hit his first home run of spring training on Monday in a 6-2, rain-shortened loss to the Miami Marlins.

• Justin Upton was 3 for 3 with two homers and six RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves overcame a bad start by Kris Medlen in a 17-10 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

WBC

• Late lineup addition Moises Sierra hit a tying RBI double in the fifth, Jose Reyes added a go-ahead single two batters later and the Dominican Republic reached the championship of the World Baseball Classic with a 4-1 win against the Netherlands on Monday night. The Dominican Republic will play Puerto Rico for the championship today in San Francisco.

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