Major League Baseball
Chapman works out of jam in Reds' victory against Giants
Aroldis Chapman rebounded from a first-inning jam in his fourth appearance and second start of spring training, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Saturday at Scottsdale, Ariz., in a split-squad game for both clubs.
The Reds continue to consider whether to make the left-hander the team's fifth starter or keep him in the closer role. Chapman got out of a no-out, bases-loaded situation with just one run allowed.
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After walking the first two hitters he faced and throwing a wild pitch, he settled down and finished his day with four innings pitched, two hits allowed, three walks and two strikeouts.
■ Joey Votto and Ryan Hanigan homered for Cincinnati and minor-leaguer Khris Davis connected twice for Milwaukee, and the Reds' other squad tied the Brewers 9-9 in nine innings at Phoenix.
Reds starter Mike Leake allowed 10 hits and seven runs — five earned — in 31⁄3 innings of his third start.
Mike Fiers was hit as hard. He allowed eight hits and five runs in four innings in his fifth appearance and fourth start.
Davis homered off Leake in the third and off Sean Marshall in the fifth. The homers were his fourth and fifth of the spring.
■ Stephen Strasburg moved one step closer to being ready for his opening day start by striking out eight Houston Astros. The 24-year-old right-hander threw a spring training-high 93 pitches in 51⁄3 innings of a 4-2 loss. At one point, Strasburg struck out five batters in a row.
■ Placido Polanco was 2-for-3 with a double in his return from an oblique strain that had sidelined him since March 1, and the Marlins beat the Mets 4-2 Saturday as Justin Turner became the latest injured New York player. Turner, the leading candidate to replace injured third baseman David Wright, sprained his right ankle in the fourth inning while attempting a throw after fielding a ball hit by Justin Ruggiano. Turner went to the hospital to take precautionary X-rays.
"I think just getting up, going to make the throw, I caught my front spike on the lip of the grass, and then in order to try to catch my balance, all my weight went on my right foot, and I turned it over," Turner said. "I don't think it's too bad though. I was able to walk off on my own, and it's not too swollen. So, hopefully, as long as it doesn't blow up overnight and get too bad, it will just be a couple days."
■ Jeff Samardzija scattered three hits over five scoreless innings for a Cubs split squad in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers. Samardzija struck out three and walked one.
■ Chris Sale had his worst start of spring training, giving up five runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, but a White Sox split squad roughed up Jarrod Parker and the Athletics in an 11-5 win. A day after amassing 15 hits, the White Sox banged out 17 more.
Three tied for lead at Innisbrook
Kevin Streelman figured a good round Saturday would at least get him in the mix at the Tampa Bay Championship. It wound up giving him a share of the lead at Palm Harbor, Fla.
Adam Scott and K.J. Choi led a surprising retreat at Innisbrook, allowing for a wild game of musical chairs at the top of the leader board with nothing remotely close to being settled going into the final round. Sixteen players were separated by only three shots.
Streelman finished his 6-under 65 nearly three hours before the last group walked off the 18th green. Justin Leonard ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn and had the lead to himself before a bogey from the bunker on the 15th. He had a 67. George Coetzee bounced back from his lone bogey with a birdie on the rowdy 17th hole, where Hooters waitresses serve wings in the grandstands. That gave him a 68.
They were tied at 6-under 207, more evidence that the Copperhead course is perhaps the most complete test in Florida. Even on a warm, breezy afternoon, it was easier to go backward than to move away from the field. Scott and Choi were proof of that.
Scott had a two-putt birdie on the opening hole to briefly take the lead, and that was the highlight of his day. He three-putted from about 15 feet for bogey on third, made bogey with a wedge in his hand on the par-5 fifth hole and stumbled to a 76. Choi, who also was one shot out of the lead, didn't make a birdie in his round of 76.
"It is hard," Leonard said. "There's not a whole lot of birdie holes on those last six holes. With the greens getting firmer and faster as they did today — which I'm sure they will again tomorrow. You have to be pretty patient out there and really pick your spots pretty carefully."
■ David Frost maintained a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic, eagling the final hole at Newport Beach, Calif., for a 5-under 66.
"It was a day where Freddy and I battled it out," Frost said. "We were on top of the leader board all day and he made a nice birdie on 10 and I followed it with one and we did the same thing on 13. I think we played steady golf."
■ Thomas Aiken shot a 10-under 62 to lead in the European Tour's Avantha Masters by three shots after three rounds at Greater Noida, India. Aiken had eight birdies and an eagle to total 18-under 198 to move ahead of Liang Wenchong, whose 69 gave him 15 under.
■ Ai Miyazato pulled back in front in the LPGA Founders Cup at Phoenix, making three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine and saving par with a long putt on the par-4 finishing hole. At 19-under 197, she had a two-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis.
Gymnastics breaks UK record — again
The Kentucky gymnastics record total team score record lasted just two weeks as the Cats scored 196.775 on Saturday at Penn State. The 16th-ranked Nittany Lions won the meet with 197.325.
Needing a 49.3 on balance beam to break the record, Kentucky got a 49.475. The 19th-ranked Cats previously broke the school-record with 196.5 on March 3 at Ball State.
Alexis Gross won both the uneven bars (9.9) and balance beam (9.95).
"Another great team performance tonight," Coach Tim Garrison said. "We did well on every event, but the highlight of the meet was beam hitting six-for-six and breaking the school record in the last event of the night. This team is learning how to finish meets. We are very close to where we need to be heading into our conference meet and the post-season."
■ Kentucky's softball team lost 4-3 at LSU. Christian Stokes had a two-run home run for the Cats.
Wall delivers another double-double
Martell Webster scored a career-high 34 points and became the Washington Wizards' first 30-point scorer this season in a 127-105 victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
John Wall added 17 points and 11 assists as Washington won its fourth straight at home and third straight overall while setting its season high in scoring. It was Wall's third double-double in the past four games.
Emeka Okafor added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Washington snapped a 10-game losing streak to Phoenix, dating to 2006.
The last word
Nothing was going to keep Eric and Faith DeVault from watching the Big 12 title game. Not even their own wedding. The young couple was married Saturday morning at their family's house in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan., and the rabid Kansas fans just happened to receive two tickets to see the seventh-ranked Jayhawks play No. 11 Kansas State from their groomsmen. With the game scheduled to tip a few hours later, they hurried right over to the Sprint Center — Eric still dressed in his black tuxedo with a Kansas tie and Faith still in her wedding dress, though she had wisely ditched her heels for a more comfortable pair of flats. Eric said:
"I never dreamed of my wedding as a kid because I'm a guy, but if I did, this would be it."