Boston’s Bard finds sharpness in his last 2 innings

The Associated Press
Posted March 20, 2012, at 10:59 p.m.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Daniel Bard allowed three runs, three hits and three walks in five innings Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2.

Being converted from a reliever to a starter this year, Bard allowed a two-run double in the second to Travis Snider.

Bard, who struck out two, said he felt better in the fourth and fifth innings than he did in the first three. He retired his last eight batters and 12 of his final 14.

Boston’s Kelly Shoppach, slated to back up catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, hit a two-run homer in the second off Aaron Laffey, who gave up two runs and three hits in five innings.

RAYS 3, MARLINS 2: Tampa Bay pitcher Wade Davis took a hard shot by Donnie Murphy off his right ankle in the second inning during the Rays’ 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.

Murphy’s two-out shot off Davis’ ankle bounced into right field for a double and left the pitcher limping. After he was attended to by a trainer, Davis took some practice jogs on the infield and stayed in the game.

He allowed one run and three hits in five innings, struck out five and walked none.

Marlins starter Josh Johnson retired his first eight batters and gave up two runs and four hits in 4 2-3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk. He has a 2.33 ERA in four starts.

TIGERS 7, BRAVES 2: Ryan Raburn hit his sixth home run in spring training and Justin Verlander gave up two runs, four hits and two walks.

Before the game, the Tigers announced that star third baseman Miguel Cabrera would miss at least a week with a broken bone below his right eye. He was hit by a bad-hop grounder the previous day.

Delmon Young hit his fourth homer and drove in three runs.

Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens gave up seven runs in five innings and had a 10.13 ERA.

CARDINALS 6, ASTROS 1: Kyle Lohse allowed one run and three hits in five innings.

Matt Holliday hit a two-run triple in a three-run first against Jordan Lyles and scored on Lance Berkman’s a sacrifice fly.

Lyles, competing for a spot in Houston’s rotation, gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.

PHILLIES 4, ORIOLES 1: Roy Halladay rebounded from a horrid outing against Minnesota by allowing one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out five, hit a batter and walked none.

Baltimore’s run came on a first-inning double by Adam Jones.

Brian Matusz allowed a run and seven hits in five innings.

ROYALS 6, ANGELS 4: C.J. Wilson allowed three hits in five shutout innings, struck out five and walked none. He has allowed one run in 14 innings in four spring training starts after signing a $77.5 million, five-year contract.

Kansas City had four runs and five hits in the sixth off Jordan Walden, who retired one of six batters.

Vernon Wells homered in the eighth for the Angels.

DODGERS 7, BREWERS 6: Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs.

Ethier, hitting .440, had an RBI grounder in the first and broke a 3-all tie in the sixth when he homered into the right-field bullpen off Marco Estrada.

Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley gave up three runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings, including a two-run homer by Brooks Conrad. Brewers starter Chris Narveson allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings.

Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead in the first when Dee Gordon led off with a triple, James Loney had an RBI double and Mark Ellis singled in a run.

CUBS 5, ATHLETICS 5: Jonny Gomes homered to start a three-run rally in the ninth.

Kila Ka’ahilue homered and doubled for the A’s, playing their final spring training home game before heading to Japan for a season-opening, two-game series against Seattle in Tokyo next week.

Brandon McCarthy, in his final prep for his opening-day start, gave up four runs — two earned — five hits and three walks in four innings. The right-hander has a torn middle fingernail on his pitching hand.

Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez allowed one run and three hits in five innings with four strikeouts.

RANGERS 6, CUBS 2: Neftali Feliz pitched three scoreless innings, then left with shoulder stiffness.

The right-hander, being switched from the bullpen to the rotation, allowed two hits, struck out two and walked one. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Ryan Dempster gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, the longest outing for the Cubs pitcher this year. He allowed Dustin Brown’s two-run homer in the second.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, GIANTS 3: Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer off Barry Zito, who allowed three runs, seven hits wand four walks in five innings.

Trevor Bauer, drafted No. 3 overall last year out of UCLA, got the start and struggled through three innings. He allowed two runs and six hits while striking out two.

MARINERS 8, REDS 1: Kevin Millwood allowed one run and four hits in innings. The 37-year-old is competing for the fifth spot in the Mariners’ rotation with Hisashi Iwakuma. Millwood allowed a run on four hits.

Carlos Peguero homered and singled, driving in four runs.

Jeff Francis, who is trying to win a spot in the back of Cincinnati’s rotation. Francis gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

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