Cincinnati Reds

Arroyo shows stamina, but gives up three runs

Bronson Arroyo went 42⁄3 innings in the longest outing by a Reds pitcher this spring. He also allowed three runs and four hits.

Carlos Pena and Pat Burrell hit back-to-back RBI doubles off Arroyo in the first inning, and Willy Aybar hit his first homer of the spring in the fourth as the Tampa Bay Rays beat Cincinnati 3-1 in Sarasota, Fla.

"Them hitting me around in the first inning gave me a high pitch count," Arroyo said. "Even in a spring game, a high-pitch inning can affect how deep you go in the game. I got some good work in today."

The Reds have scored a single run in each of their last two games, but Manager Dusty Baker remained upbeat.

"We hit some balls hard today," Baker said. "(Norris) Hopper hit the ball hard three times, and I thought Rosy (Adam Rosales) got one."

Rosales hit a long fly to center with a man on in the eighth that died short of the warning track.

Scott Kazmir pitched four sharp innings to lead the Rays, allowing one run and five hits, striking out three and walking none.

Saturday's highlights

Yankees, 3, Astros (ss) 1: A.J. Burnett threw four perfect innings to lead New York in Tampa, Fla.

"I asked him if he wanted to go another three innings," Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said with a smile. "He was sharp. The ball comes out of his hand so free and easy."

Burnett struck out three during his 40-pitch outing. He has allowed one hit over six shutout innings in two spring training starts.

"I felt pretty good out there," Burnett said. He went 18-10 with Toronto last year. The Yankees signed him to an $82.5 million, five-year free-agent contract during the offseason.

Yankees (ss) 13, Pirates 10: Ross Ohlendorf enjoyed facing his former team. The Pittsburgh right-hander pitched four flawless innings in Bradenton, Fla and left with a 2-0 lead after reaching his 55-pitch limit. The Yankees tied the game in the sixth inning and broke it open with a seven-run seventh.

Ohlendorf did not allow a hit or a walk and got two strikeouts in his longest outing of the spring.

Both of Ohlendorf's strikeouts came against Mark Teixeira, the Yankees' new $180 million first baseman.

"Yeah, I noticed that," Ohlendorf said, grinning. "Sometimes it happens that way."

Ohlendorf was traded to Pittsburgh in July as part of a six-player deal.

Tigers 10, Blue Jays 4: With three weeks left to win the final spot in Detroit's rotation, Nate Robertson has little doubt about his chances.

The left-hander pitched three scoreless innings of relief Saturday, allowing one hit in the Tigers' victory in Lakeland, Fla.

"It's my job to lose," he said. "I am not putting pressure on myself. I am fighting for a job. No pressure."

Robertson and Dontrelle Willis are candidates for the final spot behind Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson, Armando Galarraga and Jeremy Bonderman. Zach Miner and Rick Porcello also are in the mix. Willis didn't fare so well in his start against Toronto, allowing four runs in three innings while walking two.

Phillies 5, Astros (ss) 2: Carlos Carrasco turned in a solid outing, giving the top pitching prospect a boost in the race for Philadelphia's open rotation spot. His performance in the Phillies' victory in Kissimmee, Fla., over Houston was bolstered by another sluggish offensive effort by the Astros. Carrasco, who is competing with Kyle Kendrick, Chan Ho Park and J.A. Happ for the final spot in the rotation, allowed one run and four hits in three innings.

World Baseball Classic

Venezuela 3, Netherlands 1: Three hits were all Venezuela could muster against the Netherlands. It was a good thing it made them count. Miguel Cabrera and Jose Lopez each had solo home runs, powering Venezuela over the Netherlands in the second round of the World Baseball Classic in Miami on Saturday. Venezuela will play Puerto Rico on Monday for a chance to clinch a spot in the finals in Los Angeles. The Netherlands will play the United States in an elimination game Sunday.

U.S. scratches Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia was scratched from the United States lineup Saturday night because of a strained muscle on his left side, and it's uncertain whether he'll play again in the World Baseball Classic.

The reigning AL MVP said he'll be examined by Boston Red Sox doctors Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla., where the team trains. He said the injury isn't so serious that he might miss the start of the regular season, but he could be out of the WBC.

"Obviously, I'm upset," the second baseman said. "If it's really nothing, if it's a couple of days, then I'll definitely be back Sunday after I get checked out and continue playing. But it's up to the Red Sox."

Rivera ready for opening day

Mariano Rivera is ready to pitch in games and says he will be ready for opening day. The Yankees closer is set to make his first spring training appearance Tuesday after throwing 40 pitches Saturday during his second batting practice session since coming back from right-shoulder surgery in October. Rivera said he felt good even though he was a little high with his pitches. He was scheduled to throw 30 pitches but decided to increase the total by 10.

"Now the focus is to get some innings," Rivera said. He has "no doubt" that he will be ready for opening day.

Duchscherer to miss season start

Oakland Athletics starter Justin Duchscherer will miss the start of the season because of a setback in his rehabilitation from an elbow injury. Duchscherer had to stop playing long toss on Saturday morning because of persistent pain in his right elbow. He was given a cortisone injection, and he won't be able to touch a baseball until at least Tuesday.

Mets shut down Redding

The New York Mets shut down right-hander Tim Redding on Saturday, citing soreness and a lack of strength in his throwing shoulder. They said it is unlikely he will make the opening day roster. The former Nationals pitcher underwent offseason foot surgery before the Mets signed him in January. He was delayed earlier this spring by shoulder stiffness, but he said he is now experiencing a different kind of ache.

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