Dontrelle Willis is making strides as a non-roster invitee with the Cincinnati Reds, trying to regain the form that made him a two-time All-Star.
Willis tossed two perfect innings in relief Friday in a 3-1 win over Seattle.
Kris Negron singled, stole a base, scored and hit a sacrifice fly for the Reds, who won their third straight spring training game.
"All the young kids are looking good," Reds Manager Dusty Baker said. "Just keep playing."
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Tigers: Former Kentucky star Ryan Strieby hit a solo homer in the ninth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Orioles. Strieby, who went 1-for-4, batted sixth in the order and was the starting first baseman.
Mariners: Left-hander James Paxton, a fourth-round pick out of Kentucky last year who also pitched in the Independent American Association, signed with Seattle and will report to camp Saturday.
■ AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez will make his first start of the exhibition season on Monday against the Athletics. The Mariners star was 13-12 last season with a 2.27 ERA.
Phillies: Former Wildcat Joe Blanton, the No. 5 starter in Philadelphia's ace-filled rotation, allowed two runs and four hits in 32⁄3 innings against the Pirates. "I would have liked to finish that inning, definitely, but I feel more comfortable, which is a positive step at this time," Blanton said. Ryan Howard hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth, and the Phillies won 7-4.
Astros: Starting catcher Jason Castro will be sidelined for most or all of the season following surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Castro was injured while trying to avoid a tag by Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Houston was left with five catchers in camp, but only Humberto Quintero and J.R. Towles are on the 40-man roster.
Yankees: Backup catcher Francisco Cervelli will be in a protective boot for at least four weeks because of a broken left foot, and it's uncertain when he'll be able to play again. Cervelli was hurt when he fouled a ball off his foot.