Angels remain winless in spring training games
It didn't take long for Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz to recover from food poisoning. In his first at-bat after two days in...
GLENDALE, Ariz. — It didn't take long for Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz to recover from food poisoning.
In his first at-bat after two days in bed, Cruz hit a two-run homer that helped the Dodgers beat the Angels 10-8 Thursday and leave their Los Angeles rival with an 0-5-2 record at spring training.
"I'm still weak," Cruz said after sending a pitch from Jerome Williams over the left-field fence and into the Dodgers' bullpen. "But, hitting-wise, I feel good."
Clayton Kershaw struck out seven over three innings in his second spring-training appearance. Preparing to face San Francisco on April 1 in his third straight opening-day start, Kershaw allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits, walking none.
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VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg's sinker may still be a work in progress. His other pitches seem to be rounding into shape quite nicely.
After giving up back-to-back singles — both on sinkers — to start the game, the Washington ace struck out six over three innings in a 4-4 tie with the New York Mets. The game was called after 10 innings.
Strasburg, expected to be the Nationals' opening-day starter, already has an overpowering fastball, a wicked curve and a changeup that just doesn't seem fair. A big goal this spring is getting a better feel for his sinker, but he admitted he's still struggling with it.
"I need to get over the idea of throwing it harder will make it better," he said. "I feel like I'm just kind of throwing through the sink and it's kind of flattening out. I want to throw it a little bit slower, let it move a little bit more and I'll get better results."
Anderson to start opener for Oakland
MESA, Ariz. — Announced as Oakland's opening-day starter before the game, Brett Anderson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings of the Athletics' 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
The 25-year-old left-hander, 4-2 with a 2.57 earned-run average in six starts last year after he recovered from elbow surgery, will be opposed by Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the April 1 matchup at Oakland.
Anderson said manager Bob Melvin gave him the news a day earlier.
"It sounded like he wanted to hug, but I am not going to jump up and down and things like that," the pitcher said. "If he wants one I'll give him one, but I won't go out of my way."
Anderson struck out one and walked none in his first outing of spring training.
• Former Mariner Willie Bloomquist, who is on the U.S. team for the World Baseball Classic, had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 in Goodyear, Ariz.
• Lance Berkman singled, walked and scored two runs in his Rangers spring-training debut, a 10-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Surprise, Ariz., that gave Texas its first exhibition victory this year after an 0-5 start. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was scratched because of what the club called "sensitivity in his left arm" — apparently caused by a tattoo.
• New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano was cleared to resume baseball activity while wearing a heart monitor.
• San Francisco outfielder Andres Torres won't play for Puerto Rico in the WBC and will be sidelined for at least a week because of a strained oblique.
• Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was all smiles after throwing 18 pitches in his first simulated game since knee surgery last spring. "I feel good," Rivera said. "I feel real good. Getting stronger and stronger."