June 23, 2018
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Sweeney scores on squeeze as Red Sox, Yankees tie

The Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Ryan Sweeney scored on a squeeze bunt by Jason Repko in the ninth inning, giving the Boston Red Sox a 4-4 tie against the rival New York Yankees on Thursday night.

Right-hander Adam Warren, starting in place of David Phelps, whose wife went into labor, held the Red Sox scoreless over four innings. Warren, who struck out three, allowed a pair of singles to David Ortiz and Sweeney in the second inning.

Aaron Cook started for the Red Sox. Making just his second Grapefruit League appearance, Cook went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.

Doug Bernier went 2 for 3 with two RBI, raising his spring average to .364 for New York. Curtis Granderson was 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI, giving him a .393 average this spring.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia left after striking out to end the second inning. He was hit in the right forearm with the pitch while swinging. The Red Sox announced he has a right forearm bruise.

Notes: Yankees SS Derek Jeter is set to play Friday after missing more than a week with a stiff left calf. … Yankees opening day starter CC Sabathia allowed one run and five hits over six innings in a minor league game. The left-hander struck out four, walked one and threw just 65 pitches. … Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has not pitched since May 16 and underwent Tommy John surgery, could return as early as June 1. Josh Beckett threw six innings in a minor league game Thursday afternoon. He went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

WHITE SOX 16, ROYALS 4: Adam Dunn hit a grand slam and a two-run shot off Bruce Chen, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 16-4 victory over a Kansas City Royals split squad Thursday.

Chen allowed 10 runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

A.J. Pierzynski also homered off Chen in the fifth inning.

Billy Butler hit his third home run of the spring in the fourth, a solo shot off White Sox starter Zach Stewart in the fourth inning.

ANGELS 7, ROYALS 4: Kendrys Morales made his first appearance in an Angels’ lineup since May 2010 and had two hits in Los Angeles’ win over the Royals.

Hitting right-handed, the switch-hitting Morales bounced a single off Royals left-hander Danny Duffy in the second inning. He then ran hard and slid safely into third on Bobby Abreu’s double to left.

Morales added a sharp single to center field.

Angels starter Jered Weaver was hit hard for the second time in three outings. Weaver allowed nine hits and four runs in 4 2-3 innings.

Duffy, competing for a spot in the Royals’ rotation, was also hit hard, giving up six runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings.

CARDINALS 9, NATIONALS 0: Jaime Garcia struck out nine in five innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a victory over Washington.

Garcia struck out two batters in each of the first four innings and didn’t allow a walk. He gave up three hits.

The Nationals Gio Gonzalez didn’t fare nearly as well, having to be lifted before the end of the fourth inning. In what was easily his worst outing of the spring, Gonzalez allowed eight runs in 3 2-3 innings.

ORIOLES 11, TWINS 1: Carl Pavano struggled and Baltimore finished with 14 hits in a win over Minnesota.

The Twins’ opening-day starter allowed six earned runs and eight hits in four innings.

Joe Mauer went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for the Twins.

Wei-Yin Chen had another impressive outing for the Orioles, giving up four hits and one run in five innings.

BLUE JAYS 2, PHILLIES 0: Jose Bautista doubled twice and scored a run and Brandon Morrow allowed one hit over six innings, outdueling Cliff Lee and leading Toronto to a victory over Philadelphia.

Lee allowed one run and struck out seven in six innings. He escaped a first-inning jam by striking out the side, two coming after Kelly Johnson singled and Bautista doubled. He allowed a run in the fourth when Bautista doubled and scored on Adam Lind’s single.

Morrow, Carlos Villanueva, Darren Oliver and Jason Frasor limited the Phillies to four hits.

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