Spring training: Inside pitch

2013-03-27T00:00:00Z Spring training: Inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill left Tuesday's spring training game after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch from Angels ace Jered Weaver.

Hill, a 2012 Silver Slugger award winner who is batting .432 this spring, was plunked in the bottom of the first inning. He did not come out to play defense in the top of the second and was replaced by Josh Wilson.

The 31-year-old Hill agreed to a $40.5 million, four-year contract with the D-backs last month.

• The Dodgers have sent outfielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Dee Gordon to the minors. The Dodgers moved Puig to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Cuban leads major-leaguers with a .526 batting average this spring. Puig signed a seven-year contract for $42 million on June 29. Gordon was sent to Triple-A. He was considered a possibility to take over while Hanley Ramirez is out for up to eight weeks with a thumb injury. But manager Don Mattingly decided to move Luis Cruz from third base to shortstop until Ramirez returns.

• The Royals set a team record for spring training wins with their 23rd victory Tuesday, beating the Mariners 9-6 behind Brett Hayes' four hits.

Grapefruit League

• The trade sending outfielder Vernon Wells from the Angels to the Yankees was finalized Tuesday. New York dealt a pair of minor-leaguers to the Angels for Wells. The Angels will pay about $28.5 million of the $42 million Wells is owed over the final two seasons of his contract. The Yankees will pay most of his salary this year.

• Yankees captain Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001. Jeter is undergoing treatment for his sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October.

• Right-hander Aaron Cook has been released by the Phillies. Cook, 34, was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA during spring training.

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