Grapefruit League Notes for Friday, March 6
Atlanta (6) vs. Detroit (4)
The barren Braves offense fielded a team without Freddie Freeman, but did score six runs, including a Eury Perez steal of home. Defensively it was a debacle, four errors filled the box score. Julio Teheran did make his Spring Training debut allowing one run over two innings & premium speed prospect Jose Peraza appeared as a pinch runner.
Last season’s feel good story, J.D. Martinez was the offensive catalyst and power prospect Steven Moya provided some punch with an RBI double. On the pitching side Alfredo Simon made his Tigers debuts hurling two scoreless innings.
Baltimore (3) vs. Tampa Bay (2)
Tampa Bay’s rookie skipper Kevin Cash made his Grapefruit league managerial debut and Nate Karns began the battle for the the Rays’ fifth starter job, pitching 2 innings without allowing a run. Whoever wins the Rays’ last rotation spot will be Fantasy relevant in deeper leagues, so keep eye on Jesus Colome versus Karns.
The Orioles had a split game squad today with Tampa in the daytime and Toronto visiting at night. Wei-Yin Chen was on the bump today and completed two uneventful innings. Michael Almanzar was the offensive star of Baltimore’s B squad team with a leadoff go-ahead homer in the ninth off of Robert Karate.
New York Yankees (2) vs. Pittsburgh (1)
Esmil Rogers got the start for the Yankees today allowing one hit, one strikeout and zero runs. Under the radar Garrett Jones got the start at first base, going 2-2 with walk and an RBI. Pinstripe prospects provided additional offense, Tyler Austin homered and in a possible in roster battle for Yankee second baseman of the future, Rob Refsynder went 2-3 and Jose Pirela 1-3.
The Pirates provided the pitching with Liriano getting the nod and Charlie Morton following. Each threw two scoreless innings. Prospect alert, Tyler Glasnow struck out the first two batters he faced in his 1-2-3 inning of work. Korean free agent Jung Ho Kang followed up yesterdays homer with a double today.
Philadelphia (3) vs. Houston (6)
The scoreboard is meaningless this time of year, but today’s free and easy outing by Cliff Lee could be priceless for the fighting Phils with regards to their rebuilding efforts. Cody Asche and Domonic Brown were the offense with two hits and one RBI each.
Collin Mchugh went two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and Mark Appel followed up with his Spring debut allowing 3 hits, 1 run and 2 punching out over two innings of work. Robbie Grossman did his part offensively filling up the boxscore, going 2-for-3 with 1 run, 1 HR, and 2 RBIs.
St.Louis (4) vs. Miami (1)
The headline here was Carlos Martinez’s strong start and the possibility of this exciting arm securing a rotation spot in 2015. Jason Hayward got a hit and scored a runwhile Matt Adams drove in two.
The big news for the Miami was Stanton returning to game action and Jose Fernandez throwing off a mound today for second time since his surgery. Dan Haren started for the Marlins today and the guy with the twitter handle @ithrow88 pitched 2 innings yielding three hits, two runs and a strikeout.
New York Mets (4) vs. Washington (5)
Max Scherzer, the prize of the free agent market, made his Nationals’ debut and his only blemish was John Mayberry Jr. taking him yard. Tanner Roark followed up Max, but pitched only an inning getting lit up for three runs and four hits. Kila Ka’aihue powered the Nats past the Mets with a two-run go ahead homer in seventh.
In a possible Opening Day preview matchup, Bartolo Colon got the nod and posted two scoreless innings. The Mets power was provided off the bats of Mayberry and Eric Campbell with both of them going deep.
Toronto (0) vs. Baltimore (5)
The ax shaving rookie, aka Daniel Norris, pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with two punch-outs. The Jays lineup was void of their big boppers.
Baltimore tabbed Miguel Gonzalez for the nightcap and he hurled two effective innings without surrounding a run. Chris Davis hit a three-run blast and Jonathan Schoop a two run shot that provided the fire power, with Manny Machado adding two hits.
Boston (0) vs. Minnesota (5)
The Laser show was on full display with Dustin Pedroia falling a triple short of the cycle and Xander muscling one out as well. Joe Kelly blew up, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs over 1 2/3 innings.
Minnesota’s dynamic middle infield duo of Brian Dozier and Danny Santana starred offensively for the Twinkies. Kyle Gibson pitched effectively but Tim Stauffer was torched for six runs over his inning of work.