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Red Sox show off new bullpen in 2-1 win over Yanks

The Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox showed off their much-improved bullpen Monday night, shutting down the New York Yankees 2-1 in their second and final meeting of spring training.

Five relievers followed ex-Yankee Alfredo Aceves to the mound, combining for six shutout innings. New setup man Bobby Jenks earned the win, striking out one in a one-hit sixth. In five spring outings, he has not allowed a run.

Fellow newcomer Dennys Reyes worked the fourth, All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon also tossed a clean inning and left-hander Rich Hill went two for the save. Hill yielded one hit and struck out two.

Brett Gardner’s third-inning double off Aceves scored Jesus Montero for New York’s only run.

The Red Sox won both meetings this spring between the longtime rivals. The next time they play is April 8 in Boston’s home opener.

Yankees prospect Dellin Betances threw a pair of wild pitches and took the loss. He also hit Marco Scutaro with a pitch.

Promising lefty Manuel Banuelos started for New York in place of Sergio Mitre, scratched because of muscle soreness on his left side. The 20-year-old Banuelos, ticketed to begin the season at Double-A Trenton, pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings. He yielded two hits and walked three with a pair of strikeouts.

Mitre, who hopes to pitch Thursday, is competing with Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova and Bartolo Colon for two open rotation spots behind CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had an RBI groundout for Boston.

Indians 9, A’s 8

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Oakland Athletics can only hope that closer Andrew Bailey isn’t seriously hurt.

Bailey faced three batters in his second spring outing Monday and left a 9-8 loss to the Cleveland Indians with discomfort in his elbow. The right-hander had surgery at the end of last season to remove bone chips and bone spurs from the elbow.

The A’s said Bailey will be examined by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Tuesday.

Chris Carter had three RBIs on two home runs for Oakland, including a thundering shot off the scoreboard well beyond the left-field fence.

A’s starter Dallas Braden allowed six runs — four earned — in four innings.

Travis Hafner drove in two runs with two doubles for Cleveland. Indians starter Justin Masterson gave up five runs over four innings. He struck out four without a walk.

Phillies 7, Astros 6

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Cole Hamels threw a pair of brushback pitches to Bill Hall in a spring training game that got testy.

Apparently annoyed when the Houston infielder stepped out of the batter’s box during his delivery, Hamels threw up and in to Hall a couple of times in the second inning.

Hall shouted at Hamels and was held back by plate umpire Laz Diaz, who stepped in front of Hall and issued a warning to both benches. But that was the extent of it.

Carlos Lee, Chris Johnson and Jason Michaels homered off Hamels, who could not get out of the fourth inning.

Phillies closer Brad Lidge was supposed to pitch but did not make the trip because of tendinitis in his right biceps. His next outing will be pushed back a few days, general manager Ruben Amaro said.

Braves 1, Cardinals 1, 10 innings

JUPITER, Fla. — Kyle Lohse allowed one hit in six shutout innings, another indication for St. Louis that he’s back in form.

Mike Minor was just as impressive in his bid for the fifth spot in Atlanta’s rotation. He was often overpowering while allowing two hits in five scoreless innings.

Matt Holliday hit his second home run of the spring for the Cardinals.

Orioles 8, Pirates 2

SARASOTA, Fla. — Jake Arrieta held Pittsburgh to two runs in four innings despite yielding eight hits. He struck out six and walked none.

Randy Winn, Jake Fox and Nick Green homered for Baltimore. It was Fox’s fourth of the spring. Nick Markakis added a double and two singles as the Orioles pounded out 14 hits.

Kevin Correia became the first Pirates starter to go five innings this spring.

Tigers 4, Nationals 2

VIERA, Fla. — Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer and Magglio Ordonez added two hits for Detroit.

It was the first home run of the spring for Martinez, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Tigers in the offseason.

Detroit starter Rick Porcello bounced back from his only shaky outing of the spring, allowing one run and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. Washington starter Jason Marquis also had a good day, striking out four while allowing three hits and one run over five innings.

Twins 9, Marlins 0

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Kevin Slowey kept pace in his bid for the final spot in Minnesota’s rotation, throwing four shutout innings against Florida.

Slowey, competing with fellow right-hander Scott Baker to be the fifth starter, struck out three and gave up two hits.

Nick Blackburn, already penciled into the Twins’ rotation to start the season, threw three scoreless innings in relief against a Marlins team that left most of its regulars at home. Danny Valencia and Luke Hughes homered for Minnesota.

Brewers 12, Giants 8

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Matt Cain pitched three hitless innings in his first appearance since San Francisco’s spring opener, but Milwaukee rallied for six runs off Jeff Suppan.

Cain had not pitched in a game since Feb. 27 due to inflammation in his right elbow. He gave up three hits and struck out one.

Ryan Braun returned to the lineup after missing two games with a slight muscle strain in his rib cage. Jeremy Reed hit a three-run homer to highlight a six-run fifth for the Brewers.

Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sanchez homered for the Giants.

Rangers 5, Dodgers 4

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Adrian Beltre went 1 for 3 in his spring debut and Josh Hamilton hit his first home run to power Texas past Los Angeles.

Beltre, who signed a six-year, $96 million contract with Texas in January, missed the first 15 games because of a strained right calf. He ran hard on a third-inning grounder, then singled in the fifth before giving way to a pinch runner.

Hamilton hit a three-run homer off Dodgers starter James Ely.

Texas starter Neftali Feliz scattered three hits and a run over four innings with a walk and five strikeouts. After the game Feliz, the AL Rookie of the Year as a closer last season, said he’s working for a spot in the rotation. Last week, he said he was more comfortable closing.

Mariners 5, Cubs 3

PEORIA, Ariz. — Matt Garza had a positive outing for his new team, pitching four solid innings in Chicago’s loss to Seattle.

Acquired from Tampa Bay this winter in an eight-player trade, Garza had struggled in two of his first three appearances with the Cubs. He was much better against the Mariners, giving up a run and three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Padres 7, White Sox 6

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jake Peavy felt good over four innings against his former team, but the Chicago White Sox lost to San Diego.

Peavy threw 67 pitches, 47 for strikes, in his third start of the spring. He allowed three runs and six hits, struck out two and walked a batter.

Aaron Harang started for San Diego, allowing two runs — one earned — over four innings. He had allowed seven runs over five innings in his last two Cactus League starts.

Lastings Milledge, A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez homered for the White Sox.

Rockies 3, Reds 2

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jhoulys Chacin pitched five sharp innings and Colorado beat Cincinnati on Jose Lopez’s single in the bottom of the ninth.

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