Spring Training Roundup
The baseball roundup …
JUPITER, Fla. ó Miguel Cabrera homered and doubled in his first game since fresh details came out regarding his February arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, leading the Detroit Tigers over the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4.
Cabrera lined the first pitch he saw for an RBI double. In his next at-bat, the All-Star slugger hit his first home run this spring.
Cabrera was the first Tigers player on the field Friday, running through his routine conditioning drills.
ěYouíve got to be step by step, youíve got to be day by day,î Cabrera said.
Documents released by the Florida state attorneyís office Thursday say Cabrera threatened a restaurant manager shortly before being arrested in Fort Pierce on Feb. 16.
Cabrera said the latest revelations arenít affecting how he approaches spring training.
ěThatís my work,î he said. ěIím here to win games and play baseball. I donít have anything else to say about that.î
The baseball roundup …
FORT MYERS, Fla. ó Justin Morneau went 0 for 2 in his spring training debut for Minnesota, but the Twins beat a Boston Red Sox split squad 3-2.
Morneau played in a ěBî game earlier this week, but this was the 2006 AL MVPís first Grapefruit League action since he sustained a season-ending concussion last July 7.
The first baseman struck out swinging and reached base on an error by Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford, with both at-bats coming against ace left-hander Jon Lester.
Phillies 13, Orioles 6
SARASOTA, Fla. ó Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez each homered and drove in three runs, while Shane Victorino had two hits and scored three times to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the Baltimore Orioles.
Cliff Lee struggled in his third start, allowing three runs and five hits in three innings.
Blue Jays 10, Yankees (ss) 3
DUNEDIN, Fla. ó Home run champion Jose Bautista connected for the first time this spring and Adam Lind also homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays past New York.
Braves 6, Yankees (ss) 2
TAMPA, Fla. ó Tommy Hanson had his third consecutive solid start, allowing one run and five hits in four innings and the Atlanta Braves beat a New York Yankees split squad.
Hanson had given up two hits over five scoreless innings in his previous two outings.
Chipper Jones had a RBI single and Jordan Schafer homered for Atlanta.
Cubs 4, White Sox 3
GLENDALE, Ariz. ó Ryan Dempster threw five shutout innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Chicago White Sox.
Dempster struck out six, including the last four he faced. He gave up two hits, a walk and hit a batter.
Cubs newcomer Carlos Pena hit his first homer of the spring, connecting in the second off Mark Buehrle. Pena hit an RBI single off Buehrle in the third.
Buehrle gave up six hits and three runs in three innings.
Rockies 4, Royals 3, 10 innings
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ó Alex Gordon and Mike Aviles each homered for the Kansas City Royals in a 10-inning loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Red Sox (ss) 9, Astros (ss) 3
KISSIMMEE, Fla. ó Dustin Pedroia tripled and doubled as the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros in a split squad game.
Mets 10, Marlins 0
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. ó Ike Davis and Josh Thole homered and the New York Mets took advantage of Floridaís five early errors to beat the Marlins.
Pirates 8, Rays 7
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. ó Rookie Jeremy Hellickson, slowed since the opening week of camp by a right hamstring strain, pitched one perfect inning for the Tampa Bay Rays in their loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Athletics (ss) 9, Dodgers 2
PHOENIX ó Coco Crisp homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Brewers 4, Athletics (ss) 3
PHOENIX ó Yovani Gallardo kept building toward his opening day start, giving up one run in 32/3 innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the split-squad Oakland Athletics.
Angels 9, Diamondbacks 8
TEMPE, Ariz. ó Bobby Wilson went 5 for 5 and hit a tying double in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Reds 5, Rangers 5, 9 innings
SURPRISE, Ariz. ó Reds starter Johnny Cueto cut short his start because of tightness in his right forearm and Cincinnati tied the Texas Rangers in a game called after nine innings.
Mariners 5, Indians 5, 10 innings
GOODYEAR, Ariz. ó Seattle rookie Michael Pineda allowed his first two runs of the spring in his bid for a rotation spot as the Mariners played to a 10-inning tie.