MLB inside pitch

2013-03-29T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill went 5 2/3 innings, scattered four hits and struck out 11 in a 9-3 win over the Rangers on Thursday.

"I felt a lot better today than I have," Cahill said. "I was throwing my sinker for strikes and threw to both sides of the plate, which is the first time I've done that consistently this spring."

The Rangers' lineup was made up solely of minor leaguers.

• Kyle Lohse showed he's not too far from being ready to pitch in the regular season.

Lohse had a solid debut three days after signing a $33 million, three-year contract with the Brewers, pitching into the fourth inning of a 6-2 victory over the Rockies. Lohse was pitching to players at nearby Scottsdale Community junior college and Grand Canyon University before signing with Milwaukee.

• Former Tucson Padre Logan Forsythe will miss at least six weeks with plantar fasciitis. The timing couldn't be worse: San Diego's Chase Headley is on the disabled list another 2-4 weeks with a fractured thumb, and Forsythe was supposed to replace him. With Forsythe out and James Darnell out indefinitely with an oblique strain, the Padres are on to Plan D. Jedd Gyorko slid over from second base to third on Thursday - he played there last year with Triple-A Tucson - and utility infielder Alexi Amarista took Gyorko's spot.

• The Giants extended the contracts of GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through the 2016 season, bringing even more stability to a franchise that has counted on continuity during its recent run of success. Both had previous deals set to expire after this summer. "The glory days of the franchise are now," Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said before the opener of the Bay Bridge Series against the Athletics began at AT&T Park.

Grapefruit League

• Johan Santana may have thrown his final pitch for the Mets and perhaps even the last of his big league career.

The club said Thursday the two-time Cy Young Award winner probably has re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and likely will need a second operation that would sideline him for the entire season. Santana missed 2011 following his first shoulder surgery.

New York owes the 34-year-old left-hander $31 million more as part of the $137.5 million, six-year deal he signed before the 2008 season, and Alderson said the remainder of the contract is not covered by insurance.

• Lyle Overbay was with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Two days later, it looked as if he was going to be the Yankees' starting first baseman on opening day. Overbay had an RBI double Thursday as the Yankees ended their Florida segment of spring training with a 2-1 loss to the Pirates. New York general manager Brian Cashman said Overbay, signed to a minor league contract Tuesday hours after being released by Boston, had the inside track for the job with Mark Teixeira on the disabled list because of a wrist injury. The Yankees released Juan Rivera, who played extensively at first during the exhibition season.

• Phillies ace Roy Halladay allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings in his first big league spring training appearance in 11 days, prepping for the regular season in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. Halladay had not pitched in a major league game since March 17, when he came out of a start against Baltimore after one inning due to a stomach virus.

• The Rays have picked their fifth starter, and manager Joe Maddon said he will announce it today. The choice was between RHPs Roberto Hernandez and Jeff Niemann.

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