Brandon Boggs homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey and drove in four runs, leading the Brewers to a 15-2 win over Cincinnati on Monday. The Brewers piled up 25 hits and roughed up Bailey, who is trying to win one of two openings in Cincinnati's rotation. He left in the third inning after giving up three consecutive hits with two outs.
The Brewers also roughed up Mike Leake, another candidate for the Reds' rotation. Leake gave up nine hits and four runs in three innings.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo struck out five in three scoreless innings. Cincinnati managed only seven hits for the game.
Harper hits two doubles, lifts Nats
Nationals highly touted prospect Bryce Harper had the perfect answer after hearing fans chant "overrated" after he took a called strike in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros on Monday.
He hit a line-drive, two-run double down the right field line as part of a nine-run eighth inning that helped the Nationals rally past the Houston Astros 14-9 in Viera, Fla.
"I've been hearing that since I was in (junior) college, high school ... it doesn't get old because I love it, I love hearing it," Harper said. "I love people saying all that kind of stuff about me. I like all the bad stuff."
Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, went 2-for-2 with two doubles — both in the eighth inning — with 2 RBI and two runs scored. He is 4-for-13 this spring with three RBI.
Around the majors
Yankees: A.J. Burnett threw three perfect innings, and a New York split-squad beat the Phillies 7-1. The 34-year-old right-hander is coming off a rough season, on and off the field. He cut both hands smacking a clubhouse door out of frustration and came to work one day with a black eye, refusing to say anything other than it wasn't baseball-related. He went 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA in 2010, but it's been a breeze this spring.
"My mind is clear," Burnett said. "I'm not thinking about this and that."
Red Sox: John Lackey is slowly putting his repertoire back together this spring, and he's right where he wants to be. Lackey limited Baltimore to one hit in four scoreless innings, and Boston beat an Orioles split-squad 6-5. "(I'm) happy with fastball location today," he said. "(The) rotation of my four-seam fastball was nice. Still haven't started throwing my cutter yet, probably ready to do that next start. It was a good step forward."
Mariners: Ace Felix Hernandez was fortunate to get through his first batter of spring training. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner shook off a line drive by A's leadoff hitter David DeJesus that just missed hitting him in the head Monday. He stayed in the game and struck out three in 22⁄3 innings, and Seattle defeated Oakland 6-3.
Hernandez, who allowed a run and five hits, had a quick chat with DeJesus while walking back to the dugout after the first inning. "I was like 'Whoa, first game, man, you're gonna do that?' " Hernandez said he told DeJesus in jest. "It was scary."
Cubs: Carlos Silva got hit hard in his first game since a dugout altercation with teammate Aramis Ramirez. Silva gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 21⁄3 innings. The Cubs rallied to beat the Angels 14-13.
Padres: Catcher Gregg Zaun is retiring after 16 major league seasons. The 39-year-old, at spring training with a minor-league contract, caught his first game Sunday since a June 15 operation to repair the labrum in his throwing shoulder. After Sunday's game Zaun was concerned about his shoulder's stamina and wasn't sure when he would be ready to play.
Indians: Cleveland signed oft-injured Nick Johnson to a minor-league contract. The 32-year-old first baseman-designated hitter played in 24 games last year for the Yankees before injuring his right wrist.