MLB inside pitch

2013-03-07T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Alex Gordon hit a grand slam, James Shields pitched three scoreless innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in spring training. Gordon also doubled and scored twice, and Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur each drove in a run as Kansas City improved to 11-0-1 in the Cactus League. Trevor Cahill allowed a run on six hits in 2 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks. Former Royals first baseman Kila Ka'aihue drove in their only run with a single in the sixth inning.

• Jason Giambi thought he would be a manager this season. Instead, he's still playing. Giambi drove in two runs and Justin Masterson outpitched Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday, leading the Indians to a 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

• Lance Berkman hit his first home run of spring training, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday.

• Rickie Weeks got three hits and roster hopefuls Khris Davis and Hunter Morris homered as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Seattle 7-6, ending the Mariners' 10-game winning streak.

Grapefruit League

• Mark Teixeira is going to be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major injury setback for the New York Yankees. Teixeira was hurt swinging a bat Tuesday in an indoor cage during pregame warmups with the U.S. WBC team. Initially, Teixeira was expected to be out eight to 10 days, but Teixeira was examined by Yankees doctors in New York on Wednesday and a diagnosis of eight to 10 weeks was given.

• Roy Halladay says he wasn't throwing at Tyler Moore after Stephen Strasburg hit Chase Utley with a pitch. Halladay threw behind Moore's back an inning after Strasburg hit Utley in a marquee matchup that Philadelphia won over the Washington Nationals 6-3 Wednesday. "It slipped," Halladay said of the alleged retaliatory pitch.

• The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former great Willie McGee as a special assistant to the general manager focusing on the minor leagues. The 54-year-old McGee was added to the staff Wednesday.

WBC

• Brandon Phillips got four hits for Team USA, but the Colorado Rockies rallied for five runs in the ninth inning for an 8-7 win. The final score was a bit misleading - the Rockies' comeback came against a pair of Colorado minor league pitchers borrowed by the U.S. squad to finish out the game.

• Royals 1B Eric Hosmer has been called upon to replace injured Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira on the United States team for the World Baseball Classic.

• Alfredo Despaigne hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping Cuba defeat two-time defending champion Japan 6-3.

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