MLB inside pitch

2013-03-22T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Michael Brantley hit his first home run of spring training, a three-run shot off Ian Kennedy, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Thursday. Brantley hit a 3-0 fastball from Kennedy over the right field fence in the first inning. Omir Santos drove in two runs with a double and single for Cleveland. Martin Prado had a two-run double for Arizona. Kennedy, Arizona's opening day starter, was tagged for five runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out seven.

• Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery today on his right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, leaving Los Angeles to look for alternatives at shortstop until he's ready to play. An MRI indicated that Ramirez has a torn ligament in his thumb, the team said. Dr. Steve Shin, a sports-medicine hand specialist, is scheduled to perform the surgery in Los Angeles.

• A's starter Brett Anderson pitched for the first time in a game since March 10 in Oakland's 10-9 win over Cincinnati on Thursday. He had been out with a strained right trapezius. The left-hander missed most of last season while recovering from elbow surgery. Anderson gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five.

• The Indians optioned right-hander Trevor Bauer and two other pitchers to Triple-A Columbus. Bauer was the overall No. 3 pick by Arizona in the 2011 draft. He was sent to the Indians in the offseason as part of a three-team trade. The Indians also optioned left-hander Scott Barnes and right-hander Corey Kluber to Columbus.

• Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo put in full workout Thursday. He's missed five games with back spasms.

Grapefruit League

• New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says shortstop Derek Jeter will play only in minor league spring training games for the rest of spring training. The move could cut short how much time Jeter would miss if he starts the season on the 15-day disabled list. By not playing in major league exhibitions, the Yankees want to be able to backdate Jeter's start time on the DL if that's necessary.

• Robinson Cano rejoined the Yankees from the World Baseball Classic and got New York's only hit Thursday night in a 6-1 loss to Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Cano singled in the fourth inning off Twins starter Liam Hendriks. The All-Star second baseman also made an error.

• David Freese homered in his first game in a week and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 3-2 Thursday. Freese had been out since March 14 with back stiffness stemming from a hard fall he took while chasing a foul ball.

• The Mets have made third baseman David Wright the fourth captain in team history. The team made the announcement Thursday. Wright joined Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco as Mets to be appointed captain. Franco was the last player to hold the honor in 2004.

• Tim Hudson has been picked to start on opening day for the Atlanta Braves. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced his choice Thursday. It will be the third time Hudson has pitched the opener for Atlanta.

• Rays LHP Matt Moore threw 60 pitches in a simulated game. Moore needed the work after missing his start as a result of Wednesday's rainout.

• Tigers ace Justin Verlander gave up three home runs and the Houston Astros beat Detroit 7-2 Thursday night. Carlos Corporan hit two homers for the Astros. Brandon Laird and Matt Dominguez also homered for Houston.

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