MLB inside pitch

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• The Diamondbacks and Padres will bring mostly minor-leaguers and reserves to Tucson for today's 1 p.m. split-squad game at Kino Stadium. Didi Gregorius, Mark Teahen and Kila Ka'aihue are all expected to make the trip, the D-backs said on Twitter, and left-hander Patrick Corbin will start on the mound. San Diego will counter with pitcher Sean O'Sullivan. Former Tucson Padres Kyle Blanks, Daniel Robertson and Sawyer Carroll are penciled in the starting lineup.

• The D-backs and Padres, in a scheduling quirk, also played Saturday in Peoria. Arizona ace Ian Kennedy gave up consecutive homers then was hit on knee by a comebacker on next pitch, and the Padres won 10-6. Kennedy didn't think it would affect his pitching schedule. Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso had his first multihit game of spring training, going 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs.

• Jeff Samardzija scattered three hits over five scoreless innings for a Cubs split squad in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers in Las Vegas. Samardzija struck out three and walked one. Canyon del Oro product Scott Hairston opened the fourth with a home run.

• Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer off Jered Weaver in the first inning, Luke Montz and Yoenis Cespedes each had two-run drives in the second off the Angels' ace and an Athletics split squad blew a big lead before rallying for a 13-13 tie with Los Angeles on Saturday. Weaver gave up eight runs and six hits, walked two and did not strike out a batter in two innings. The A's and Angels combined for 33 hits and used 14 pitchers.

Grapefruit League

• Tigers managerJim Leyland hasn't decided on his closer. And he's starting to get tired of talking about it. Bruce Rondon has his fourth consecutive scoreless outing as Detroit beat the Cardinals 3-0 Saturday. Rondon was the likely closer when camp opened last month, then struggled early in spring training."You guys need to get off the closers kick," Leyland told reporters.

• The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from Kansas City. The 29-year-old appeared in 23 games last season for the Rockies.

• Wil Myers, the 22-year-old outfielder acquired in the seven-player trade in December that sent James Shields to Kansas City, was among six players the Rays cut Saturday. Myers, regarded as the Tampa Bay's top prospect, hit .286 in 35 spring at-bats.

• John Lackey took a step in his return to the Boston Red Sox from Tommy John surgery, giving up a run and four hits while facing Triple-A Durham, the Tampa Bay Rays' top farm club. Lackey struck out five and walked two in five innings.

• Justin Upton, hitless in his previous nine at-bats, had two hits for the Braves in a 4-0- win over the Yankees.

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