Judging by the results, Victor Martinez's return to the Detroit lineup on Sunday was nothing to brag about. Martinez went 0-3 with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts in a 5-3 split-squad loss to the Braves, his first action of the spring following left knee surgery in February. ''Thank God this wasn't the case, and I feel pretty good about where I am right now.'' Meanwhile, Braves starter Shelby Miller went five innings with one earned run, four hits, one walk and four strikeouts. ''He pitched really, really well,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the team's offseason trade acquisition.
At the start of spring training, Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna didn't think he'd have a lengthy stay in the big-league camp. Regarded as one of the organization's top prospects, Osuna continued to make his case Sunday, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays that took just 2 hours, 2 minutes.
New York Yankees prospect Jose Pirela was taken to a hospital after crashing into the center field wall on a play in the first inning that ended up an inside-the-park home run for the Mets' Juan Lagares. Lagares' drive off CC Sabathia - the left-hander's third pitch of the game Sunday - was just out of Pirela's reach on the warning track. With manager Joe Girardi looking on, a Yankees trainer examined Pirela, a versatile 25 year old who has played several positions this spring.