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The Wrap: Tuesday Tussles

Tuesday's most fascinating games, and plenty of duds. It is spring training after all.

  • Cubs 6, A's 4 -- Box -- The Gist: The Cubs bats got going -- Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez both homered -- and so did Sean Marshall, who was scoreless in three innings pitched.
  • Brewers 8, Rockies 6 -- Box -- The Gist: Remember longtime Red Sox turned one-year Indians right fielder Trot Nixon? He was one of four Brewers to homer on Tuesday.
  • Dodgers 5, Padres 4 -- Box -- The Gist: Chris Young is back after that scary liner from Albert Pujols last July, and he looked good. San Diego will need him to be; as far as we can tell the Padres have Young, Peavy, Adrian Gonzalez and hope. Not necessarily in that order.
  • Giants 7, Diamondbacks 6 -- Box -- The Gist: What an ugly, ugly game. Here's what's worth mentioning: For Arizona, Doug Davis and former Nat Jon Rauch both pitched a scoreless inning though Rauch's was awful eventful (1 H, 1 BB, 1 K). For the Giants, Randy Johnson pitched three scoreless innings and catcher Pablo Sandoval had a homer. San Francisco pitcher Ramon Ortiz, however, was not so lucky. Here's his hideous line: 2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K for a grand total ERA of ... wait for it ... 21.00. Ouch.
  • Indians 9, Royals 9 -- Box -- The Gist: The statlines for starting pitcher Zack Greinke were scary -- he gave up four earned runs in three innings -- but he said he was much more optimistic about the development of his changeup, and wasn't afraid of taking a few hits to keep developing it. Former Cardinal Anthony Reyes -- he of ironed hat bill fame -- had a better stat line but was happy just to be pitching and healthy. And in the end both teams were pretty happy with a 9-9 tie. Must be spring training.
  • Rays 12, Astros 2 -- Box -- The Gist: Rays starter Jeff Niemann is making a serious case to be the team's fifth starter. He gave up only two hits in three innings of work against Houston, which just can't seem to beat anyone down in Florida. Niemann did give up a run, but he struck out five. In three innings. That's not bad for a guy who was supposed to be a rotation afterthought.
  • Reds 9, Red Sox 8 -- Box -- The Gist: The Red Stockings beat the Red Sox, thanks in large part to Johnny Gomes' grand slam. Jon Lester was spotless with two strikeouts in two innings, and Micah Owings put out another confusing, mediocre line for the Reds: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. What are the Reds supposed to make of that, particularly against a heavy hitting team like Boston?
  • Cardinals 15, Mets 4 -- Box -- The Gist: Who cares about the game, the big news was all about Johan Santana, with the Mets saying he may not get a start until the season's fifth game. That's the second series. So much for opening day. As for the Cardinals, Kyle Lohse put out a solid outing, giving up three hits in 3.2 scoreless innings. That's more than you can say about Mets acquisition Freddy Garcia, who keeps getting shelled. Garcia gave up three hits and four earned runs in two innings, pushing his spring ERA to a tidy 20.25. That audition for the fifth starting spot isn't going so hot, is it? Mr. Minaya, there's a Martinez on the phone for you. Says his first name is Pedro.

By Cameron Smith  |  March 3, 2009; 8:21 PM ET
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