Roundup: Twins' Liriano continues stellar spring
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Francisco Liriano was stellar, again.
"Pitching is all about location," Liriano said. "I think I've been locating my pitches better than last year. My fastball, change up, slider, everything is working pretty good."
Coming off five hitless innings against Pittsburgh last Sunday, Liriano struck out five and walked one.
"Things are going the way I want them to right now," Liriano said.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had a hit and made a nice defensive play in his return from a stiff left calf. The team captain didn't play for eight days.
"Everything was fine," said Jeter, who played three innings. "I'm not stealing bases right now. Be smart about it. This is still spring training."
Jeter, expected to play five innings on Sunday, singled in the first and went into the hole to field a grounder and throw out Brian Dozier during the third.
New York's Ivan Nova went seven innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. The right-hander retired 12 in a row before allowing a leadoff double to Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham's two-run homer to start the fifth.
"The command that I had, especially the change up, was unbelievable," Nova said.
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain had surgery after dislocating his right ankle while playing with his son Thursday. There is no timetable for his return.
New York closer Mariano Rivera needed just seven pitches for a perfect eighth, and extended his streak of not allowing an earned run in spring training -- dating back to 2008 -- to 26 consecutive innings.
Liriano struck out Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez in the first, and also fanned A-Rod during the fourth. He induced double-play grounders from Jeter and Russell Martin in the third and fourth, respectively.
Kuroda gave up one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings of his fourth exhibition outing.
Cano doubled twice, including a two-run liner in the first inning. Vance Worley had thrown eight straight scoreless innings before the Yankees started the game with four hard hits in a row. Worley struck out seven in six innings.
New Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon struck out two in a perfect ninth.
Wainwright, who missed last season following elbow surgery, allowed three hits and struck out five. He has given up just an unearned run in 14 innings this spring.
Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano looked rusty, allowing two runs and five hits, including three doubles, in 4 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out one.
The Cardinals announced that ace Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has led to weakness in his pitching shoulder. There is no timetable yet for his return to the mound.
Johnson's third spring homer came off Tyler Clippard in the sixth inning.
Johnson had been competing with Jimmy Paredes for the third base job, but Paredes was optioned Friday morning to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he will play second base.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched five innings for the Nationals. He gave up four runs and eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Clay Buchholz allowed five runs over five innings in a shaky outing and Boston lost to Baltimore.
Buchholz gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out three.
Baltimore starter Jason Hammel made it through just two innings, allowing two runs and three hits.
Uggla, who hit a career-high 36 homers last season, broke a 4-all tie with his two-out shot to left field in the fifth.
Mike Minor had his 14-inning scoreless streak snapped when he gave up an unearned run in the first. The Mets also scored an earned run off Minor in the second when Josh Thole led off with a triple and scored on Vinny Rottino's single.
Chipper Jones, who announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the season, had the day off and did not play.
BRADENTON, FLA. (AP) -- Doug Fister left his start in the fifth inning of Detroit's victory over Pittsburgh because of soreness in his right middle finger.
Fister was scheduled to throw 75 pitches but came out after 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Luke Hochevar pitched three-hit ball for six innings and struck out eight as Kansas City defeated a Los Angeles split squad.
Hochevar, the first player selected in the 2006 amateur draft, is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in four exhibition starts.
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang gave up one run and five hits in five innings.
Haren gave up five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. The right-hander entered with only one earned run allowed in 10 previous innings.
The Angels scored four unearned runs off Brewers closer John Axford in the seventh.
Trumbo hit a solo shot in the eighth against Francisco Rodriguez.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Geovany Soto homered twice and drove in five runs, sending Chicago to a victory over Colorado.
Soto had three hits, including a pair of two-run homers off Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood.
Colorado slugger Carlos Gonzalez drove in five runs as well, with a bases-loaded double and a two-run single. He also made a diving catch near the left-field line.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija was roughed up for seven runs and 10 hits in four innings. Chatwood gave up nine runs -- eight earned -- and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
The game was played in Tucson to raise money for the fund set up to honor Christina-Taylor Green, the daughter of Dodgers scout John Green. Christina was one of the victims of the shooting on Jan. 8, 2011, in which former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched three scoreless innings for the Dodgers.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A.J. Pierzynski hit an inside-the-park home run and had two doubles for Chicago.
Pierzynski hit a ball that deflected off the top wall in center and bounced to right center for the catcher's third home run of the spring. Chicago starter Gavin Floyd gave up two runs and five hits, struck out three and walked five in six innings in the split-squad games for the White Sox.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - David Price pitched into the sixth inning for Tampa Bay in a loss to Toronto.
Price allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, reaching 96 mph on the radar gun several times in the sixth. The left-hander issued two walks, both to Edwin Encarnacion after the third baseman homered in the second.
Rays outfielder Sam Fuld left after striking out in the third inning. He has a sore left wrist, an injury that has plagued him since September, and will have an MRI on Monday.
Toronto left-hander Brett Cecil walked five in 2 2/3 innings, throwing 81 pitches. He gave up four runs and four hits with three strikeouts.
Ogando gave up three hits, walked three and struck out three in his first start of the spring. The right-hander is expected to be a long reliever when the season starts, but also could start.
The Rangers scored three runs on four hits off Giants reliever Javier Lopez in the ninth for a 4-0 lead.
San Francisco's Brett Pill homered in the bottom of the inning.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Edinson Volquez pitched into the sixth inning against his old team and San Diego beat Cincinnati.
Volquez allowed two runs and two hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six, including 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto twice.
Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, acquired from Cincinnati in the same December trade that send Volquez to San Diego, went 2 for 3 with a triple and scored twice. Will Venable and John Baker had two RBIs apiece.
Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs and six hits in four innings for Cincinnati.
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