Florida 8, Baltimore 6
Making his debut with Baltimore, Steve Trachsel gave up three runs, four hits and a walk Thursday in the Orioles' 8-6 loss to the Florida Marlins. It was his first time on the hill since last October, when he gave up five runs and five hits to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLCS, his last stint with the New York Mets.
Unlike Trachsel, Jeremy Guthrie enjoyed an impressive spring training debut with the O's, tossing two hitless innings and striking out one.
Atlanta 7, LA Dodgers 2
Kyle Davies is off to a promising start for the Atlanta Braves this spring after throwing two strong innings Thursday in a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, retiring all six batters he faced and throwing 11 of 17 pitches for strikes. Braves infield prospect Yunel Escobar went 3-for-3, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia (huh?) had a two-run single that helped bust the game open in the sixth.
Dodgers starter Randy Wolf, who signed during the offseason as a free agent, gave up four hits and a run in two innings.
LA Angels 7, Kansas City 6
Angels starter Ervin Santana struck out two and walked two in two innings against the Kansas City Royals and Gary Matthews, Jr. went 0-for-2 in the Angels' 7-6 victory in their exhibition opener. Distracted, maybe?
The Royals' Brian Bannister started and gave up one hit and struck out one in two innings. Another newcomer on Kansas City's revamped pitching staff, Joakim Soria, had one strikeout in two innings.
NY Yankees 6, Minnesota 1
Johnny Damon hit a leadoff home run, Jason Giambi also homered and Chien-Ming Wang pitched two perfect innings as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Thursday in an exhibition opener.
Carlos Silva allowed five runs and four hits over two innings, using 42 pitches, including 26 in the first inning alone with absolutely no movement on his slider.
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