Pitcher Zack Greinke has one more spring start before he embarks on what he hopes is a bounce-back year for him and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the coming Major League Baseball season.
In an outing he described as "solid," the right-hander went five innings plus two batters against the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Thursday, allowing three runs and six hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
"I was going a little slow early on but felt pretty strong out there today," Greinke said. "I made a couple of mistakes, but it was definitely the highest percentage of executed pitches so far."
Greinke threw 83 pitches, 55 strikes.
AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES
TWINS 4, PHILLIES 2
Tommy Field hit a two-run home run and Ehire Adrianza went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Twins starter Nick Tepesch gave up two runs and six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
For the Phillies, Odubel Herrera went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer and starter Aaron Nola gave up four runs and six hits and a walk, striking out six over 5 2/3 innings.
CARDINALS 5, MARLINS 3
Adam Wainwright went four innings and gave up three runs " one earned " on five hits and a walk, and added an RBI single. Kolton Wong drove in two with a triple. The Cardinals stole six bases.
NATIONALS 1, METS 0
Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez in the fourth inning.
Cabrera wasn't granted time on a 3-0 count, then singled on the next pitch and said something to Hernandez on his way to first base. With Cabrera on first base, Hernandez threw him out of the game.
The game was then delayed several minutes while Cabrera slowly walked across the field from the third base dugout to the right field corner, as The Ballpark at Palm Beaches " the Nats new spring home " does not have direct access to the visitors' clubhouse from the dugout.
RED SOX 10, PIRATES 7
Dustin Pedroia went 3 for 3 with two runs, Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland both drove in a pair and Pablo Sandoval continued his comeback from an injury-marred 2016, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
Starter Steven Wright went 4 1/3 shutout innings and allowed two hits and a walk.
YANKEES 5, RAYS 5
Rays starter Austin Pruitt struck out five over four shutout innings. Prospect Jake Bauers drove in a pair with a double.
Ronald Torreyes went 2 for 3 with a solo homer while Aaron Judge and Jacoby Ellsbury added a pair of hits apiece. Starter Jordan Montgomery struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs and three hits.
WHITE SOX 4, REDS 2
Jose Quintana, in his first start back from the World Baseball Classic, didn't allow a hit until the sixth. He finished with three strikeouts in seven innings. Nicky Delmonico homered and hit a two-run double.
PADRES 6, ANGELS 2
Luis Perdomo, who pitched San Diego's only complete game last season in August, allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Ryan Schimpf homered in the fifth. Jamie Romak and Hunter Renfro each doubled in a four-run eighth inning.
ATHLETICS 15, BREWERS 5
The A's batted around in a five-run second, including two-run homers by Yonder Alonso and from prospect Max Schrock. Alonso and Trevor Plouffe smacked solo shots in the next inning.
CUBS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 5
Jake Arrieta gave up three earned runs and eight hits in five innings, and crushed a 465-foot homer off Zack Greinke in his first spring at-bat. Willson Contreras, looking to replace Miguel Montero and retired David Ross as the Cubs starting catcher, was 3 for 5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Tommy La Stella homered in the seventh.
INDIANS 8, ROCKIES 3
Cleveland tagged Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela for 10 hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Corey Kluber gave up one unearned run and five hits with eight strikeouts and a walk over five innings. Erik Gonzalez and Adam Moore homered.
BRAVES 2, TIGERS 1
Mel Rojas Jr. hit a leadoff double and scored off Adam Walker's single in the ninth inning.
Coming off back-to-back scoreless starts, Justin Verlander gave up a home run to Freddie Freeman in the first inning. Verlander allowed two hits in six innings with four strikeouts. Nicholas Castellanos homered off Atlanta starter Jaime Garcia in the fourth.
DODGERS 10, RANGERS 2
Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 in six scoreless innings in his final spring start before the regular-season opener against San Diego on April 3. It will be Kershaw's seventh straight start on opening day, tying Don Sutton and Don Drysdale for the most in franchise history.
Chase Utley started at first base " his first in the field not at second base " and was 3 for 4 with a home run. Yasiel Puig, who was out three days with calf tightness, hit a two-run single in the third.
MARINERS 9, GIANTS 2
Felix Hernandez, back from the World Baseball Classic while with Venezuela, allowed one hit with five strikeouts in six innings. Ben Gamel hit a two-run home run. Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia each had two hits.
San Francisco starter Matt Moore gave up four earned runs, struck out three and walked two in 1 2/3 innings.
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