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The Wrap: Spring Training Games

Want results and game stories from spring training action? Here's your place.

All of Friday's games are done, with some interesting results. Here's how the matchups shook out, starting with the Cactus League in Arizona (after all, "C" comes before "G" for Florida's Grapefruit League):

  • White Sox 10, Diamondbacks 1 -- Box -- The Gist: Chicago's John Danks looked unremarkable, but still was better than former White Sox starter Jon Garland, whose attepts to add a cut fastball to his arsenal have only ended in big hits so far.
  • Royals 6, Giants 1 -- Box -- The Gist: Zach Greinke is pretty good, but the show was stolen by catcher Miguel Olivo, who tried a straight steal of home on Randy Johnson. Naturally, it was unsuccessful. Hasn't he seen the pigeon video?
  • Angels 5, Rockies 3 -- Box -- The Gist: Two young pitchers fighting for the fifth spot in each team's rotation struggled in a pretty ugly game.
  • Brewers 8, A's 5 -- Box -- The Gist: The parade of former major leaguers' progeny in Milwaukee Brewers uniforms continues with Cutter Dystra, who did nothing to dispel the idea that he could be in Milwaukee sooner rather than later.
  • Indians 5, Padres 3 -- Box -- The Gist: Victor Martinez got his bat going, knocking out two homers to pace Cleveland. Also, Fausto Carmona would like to remind you that he doesn't sign opera.
  • Mariners 18, Dodgers 2 -- Box -- The Gist: Anyone else feel like Manny Ramirez just got extra leverage? And who held down L.A.? That Erik Bedard guy. Maybe Seattle's investment can still be salvaged.
  • Cubs 10, Rangers 4 -- Box -- The Gist: Ted Lilly looked pretty good for a first outing, and the Cubs scored a whopping seven runs in a single inning (the third).
  • Marlins 3, Orioles 2 -- Box -- The Gist: C.J. already hit on the most important part of this game, one Koji Uehara, earlier.
  • Braves 5, Pirates 2 -- Box -- The Gist: Evidently it was a good game for Japanese spring training debuts; Kenshin Kawakami won his with the Braves with two shutout innings.
  • Nationals 2, Astros 0 -- Box -- The Gist: Shawn Hill is back! Now, will he stick around and avoid the dreaded DL?
  • Reds 10, Phillies 3 -- Box -- The Gist: Your surprising spring training slugger for Cincinnati is ... Joey Votto! Well, at least he was on Friday.
  • Blue Jays 6, Tigers 4 -- Box -- The Gist: Can Matt Clement actually make Toronto's Opening Day roster as a starter? If Friday's game is any indication, it's a possibility. Dontrelle Willis, on the other hand, is not looking so hot.
  • Twins 5, Yankees 4 -- Box -- The Gist: New Twins hot corner Joe Crede was in the lineup as a DH, but it's minor league third baseman Danny Valencia who's stealing his thunder on the field early: Valencia drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth, making him 6-for-6 this spring, while Crede was 0-for-2.
  • Rays 12, Red Sox 4 -- Box -- The Gist: Rocco Baldelli got his first spring training start with the Red Sox ... against his former team. Must have been an awkward feeling, though Baldelli didn't show it; he went 1-for-2.
  • Cardinals 9, Mets 8 -- Box -- The Gist: The Mets gave up four runs between the eighth and ninth innings. Something tells us that won't happen when J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez are back there in the regular season.

By Cameron Smith  |  February 27, 2009; 8:19 PM ET
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Thanks for the reorganization of the baseball coverage, much easier navigation - a real help to those few of us still out there in the boonies with dialup. You're succeeding with me in making the website a good source for baseball in general as well as the Nats. Good info and and such good reporting/writing.

Posted by: utec | February 28, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Sign opera? Is middle C chest high?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 28, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

KC signs Juan Cruz to 2 years, $6m guarantee ($5.5 m, with a 3d year option for $4m or a $500K buyout). They prefer to give up a high 2d rounder to get a top reliever and keep the rest of their prospects. Different strikes, I mean strokes, for different blokes.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 28, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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