David Ortiz ended an 0-for-8 spring training start with a double in the fourth inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 Friday. Left-hander Felix Doubront, making his second start, allowed two hits in four scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Alex Wood, a left-hander trying to become Atlanta's fifth starter, gave up two hits with two strikeouts in three scoreless innings. Jason Heyward hit his second home run of spring training, a sixth-inning drive against Junichi Tazawa.
Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos both hit mammoth home runs in the first inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 8-5 Friday. Harper, who said he has felt no pain in his surgically-repaired left knee this spring, hit a two-run homer off Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer in the first inning.
Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major league pitchers, died Thursday. Jobe died in Santa Monica after being hospitalized recently with an undisclosed illness, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jobe performed groundbreaking elbow surgery on John, a Dodgers pitcher who had a ruptured medial collateral ligament in his left elbow.
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched two perfect innings in his debut with the Baltimore Orioles in their 15-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Orioles on Feb. 19, struck out three. Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty and Jemile Weeks each drove in two runs. A.J. Burnett allowed six runs on seven hits in three innings for the Phillies, who are now 1-8-1 in spring training.
Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season. Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI on Tuesday revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. ''What I didn't want to hear,'' Hochevar said Friday.
Major League Baseball's expanded replay system won't be expanding to Australia for opening day. The new replay format that allows managers to challenge most calls by umpires won't be in place when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks start the regular season with a two-game series on March 22-23. The games will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The technology that MLB will use at other games during the regular season won't be in place for the opener.
Starters C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels and Dan Haren of the Los Angeles Dodgers each pitched four shutout innings Thursday as the teams played to a 4-all, 10-inning tie. Wilson, 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA with the Angels in 2013, did not allow a hit in his second spring start, striking out four and walking two. Haren gave up three hits and struck out three without a walk in his second spring start. Scott Van Slyke hit a grand slam in the Dodgers sixth off reliever Dane De La Rosa.
Derek Jeter got two hits that ended an 0-for-10 slide at the start of spring training and Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home run to Freddy Galvis in the New York Yankees' 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Tanaka, the Japanese star signed to a $155 million, seven-year contract, made his second spring training appearance after waiting out a 1 1/2-hour rain delay at the start. He pitched two shutout innings in relief against the Phillies last week. ''Including the results and everything, I feel like I did OK.'' Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick gave up one run and three hits in three innings, including a home run by Ramon Flores leading off the third.
Tim Hudson extended his spring training scoreless streak to five innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to lead off a three-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Thursday. Hudson, who didn't allow a hit in two scoreless innings against Arizona in his first start as a Giant on March 2, again looked good in his comeback from a fractured ankle while with Atlanta in July. He walked two and struck out three in three innings and helped himself defensively by starting a double play after he walked the leadoff man in the first. Left-hander Tony Cingrani pitched three scoreless innings in his start for the Reds.