Spring Fever

Athletics 7, Giants 4

Armando Benitez, recovering from knee injuries, threw another scoreless inning with one strikeout in the San Francisco Giants' 7-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Benitez blew eight saves last season while dealing with arthritis in his knees and the wrath of fans in the Bay area. The Giants tried to get rid of him this offseason, but his $7.6 million salary and bad knees made it impossible. If he shapes up, he could either close or be used for trade bait.

Speaking of knees, Oakland outfielder Milton Bradley messed up his right one while taking his base on a wild pitch. With outfielders Mark Kotsay and Bobby Kielty already on the DL, this is not something the A's can afford. Bradley remained in the game and scored on a double, but came out in the bottom half of the inning with some soreness in the knee.

Giants' starter Noah Lowry struggled with his control and mechanics, walking five batters in four innings and allowing three runs and three hits while striking out five.

Dan Haren struggled as well, allowing three runs, four hits and two walks in 3.1 innings with two wild pitches.

Mets 6, Indians 5

Switch-hitter Jose Reyes hit a two-run shot off the Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia on Tuesday, helping the New York Mets to a 6-5 victory over the Indians. Reyes, who led the majors with 64 steals a year ago, stole his sixth base this spring to go with his three homers, seven RBIs and .375 batting average.

Shawn Green's longball sparked a four-run second off Sabathia, who had four strikeouts, but allowed four runs on five hits in four innings.

The Mets also got two singles, two stolen bases and had Damion Easley reach when third baseman Hector Luna misplayed a grounder for one error and threw it wildly for another before he let a foul ball drop along the warning track. Luna has six errors in 10 games, which is not so good if you're trying to squeeze into a utility spot on the Indians' roster.

Second baseman Ben Francisco hit his third homer and shortstop Jhonny Peralta had an RBI single for Cleveland, which lost in the ninth when Lino Urdaneta threw two run-scoring wild pitches.

Fun Fact: A 3-foot black snake slithered across notebooks and laptop computers in the bottom of the fourth inning, freaking out the press, before a grounds crew member was called to release it behind the complex.

Phillies 11, Devil Rays 8

Scott Kazmir gave up three runs and five hits in four innings with two strikeouts and a walk in the Devil Rays' 11-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The 23-year-old left-hander was 10-8 with a 3.24 ERA before he sat the entire second half with an inflamed shoulder last season.

Philadelphia has scored more than 10 runs five times so far this spring while Tuesday's loss marks a club-worst 11th straight exhibition defeat for Tampa Bay.

Adam Eaton allowed two runs and four hits over 3.2 innings in his bid for a spot in the Phillies' starting rotation. Third baseman Wes Helms had two hits and drove in a run, going 8-for-19 over six games and non-roster invite Ron Calloway hit a fifth-inning grand slam off of right-hander Dan Miceli.

Ty Wigginton had a pair of home runs with three RBIs for the D'Rays, who sit at just 1-12 this spring.

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Bassmaster said...

The A's outfield is in shambles. Awesome.

Bassmaster said...

Did I mention Reyes is the shizzy?