MLB inside pitch

2013-03-18T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Zack Greinke has thrown off a mound for the first time since the Dodgers' right-hander was shut down March 11 with inflammation in his right elbow. Greinke threw 38 pitches and said he felt good.

• Roy Halladay left his start for the Phillies after one inning because of a stomach virus. Halladay allowed one hit and a walk against the Orioles before leaving the dugout before the start of the second inning.

• Carl Crawford made his first appearance in a Dodgers' uniform, going 0 for 3 as a Los Angeles split squad beat the Brewers 11-1. Crawford had not played in a game since Aug. 19; his spring training was slowed when he felt nerve irritation on March 1. Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer off Yovani Gallardo in the first and a two-run homer in the fifth against Brad Kintzler.

• Xavier Paul and Todd Frazier homered in Cincinnati's five-run first inning against Cleveland opening-day starter Justin Masterson before the Reds and Indians tied 7-7 in a game called after nine innings.

• Blake Beavan turned in his best performance of the spring, allowing one run and three hits in six solid innings to help the Mariners beat a Rangers split squad 4-3.

• Luis Mendoza returned from Mexico's World Baseball Classic team to pitch four-hit ball over five innings, combining with four relievers on a five-hitter in the Royals' 10-0 win over the White Sox.

• Adam Rosales hit two-run homers in the seventh and eighth innings, and the Athletics beat a Cubs' split squad 12-6. Rosales homered off Jason Berken in the seventh for an 8-6 lead, then homered against Steve Perakilis to drive in the final two runs.

Grapefruit League

• The Yankees' Mark Teixeira says he has a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist and didn't rule out missing up to two months of the regular season. Teixeira plans to start limited baseball drills in about a week and is optimistic that surgery will be unnecessary.

• Jon Lester was perfect. Boston's entire pitching staff nearly was on the day. Lester retired 18 consecutive batters and combined with his bullpen to hold the Rays without a baserunner until one out in the ninth, leading the Red Sox to a 5-1 victory.

• David Wright wanted to make it clear that playing in the World Baseball Classic had nothing to do with the rib injury he sustained that could cause him to miss opening day for the Mets. He explained that "you can get hurt in spring training, you can get hurt before spring training," and that he didn't get hurt because of the tournament.

• Tyler Moore homered twice and had three RBIs to lead the Nationals past the Tigers 12-10. Ross Detwiler started for Washington in his first game back since pitching for the United States in the World Baseball Classic. He allowed three hits and a run in four innings.

• Ricky Nolasco got back on track - with better control of his fastball. Nolasco returned to top form with six sharp innings to help the Marlins beat the dinals 6-0.

WBC

• Alex Rios hit a two-run homer, Mike Aviles singled twice and drove in a run, and Puerto Rico eliminated two-time reigning World Baseball Classic champion Japan with a -3-1 win Sunday night to reach the final. Puerto Rico will play in Tuesday night's championship against either the Netherlands or the Dominican Republic. Those teams meet in the tournament's second semifinal tonight.

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