Homer Bailey helped his bid for a spot in Cincinnati's rotation, allowing only an infield hit over two innings during the Reds' 7-6 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in Goodyear, Ariz.
Bailey is trying to win one of two open jobs in the rotation.
Chicago also got a solid performance from its starter, as Edwin Jackson yielded two walks in two scoreless innings. Jackson threw a no-hitter for Arizona last season, but later struggled and was traded to the White Sox.
Devin Mesoraco's solo homer in the eighth put the Reds ahead. Mesoraco, a 22-year-old catcher who was the club's top draft pick in June 2007, hit his first homer off Freddy Dolsi.
In other games:
Orioles 6, Phillies 5: Roy Oswalt completed the first full turn through Philadelphia's vaunted rotation, giving up a run in two innings of a 6-5 loss to Baltimore.
Former first-round pick Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Baltimore.
Oswalt, acquired from Houston at the trade deadline last July, walked his first hitter in his Phillies spring debut but settled in enough to have what he felt was a productive start. Oswalt was the fifth Philadelphia starter to take the mound this spring, following Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.
Yankees 6, Astros 5: A.J. Burnett pitched two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring after a distressing 2010 season, and the Yankees beat a Houston split squad.
Burnett threw first-pitch strikes to his first five batters and 15 of 21 strikes overall.
Houston starter Bud Norris gave up one hit, a double to Alex Rodriguez to start the second, and an RBI groundout.
Braves 6, Red Sox 1: Tim Hudson gave up a run in two innings in his spring debut, and Atlanta beat Boston in Fort Myers, Fla.
Hudson allowed two hits and a walk with one strikeout, throwing 34 pitches, including 21 for strikes. Alex Gonzalez and Shawn Bowman each hit their first spring home runs, both solo shots, for the Braves.
John Lackey started for the Red Sox and gave up four hits — including Gonzalez's homer — in two innings.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had three hits and drove in a run. He surprised the Braves with a stolen base after leading off the fourth inning with a single. In three games this spring, Ortiz is 5-for-8 with four RBI.
Dodgers sign Kershaw
Los Angeles has signed pitcher Clayton Kershaw to a one-year deal worth $500,000.
The left-hander has been named the opening-day starter against the Giants on March 31.
Kershaw earned $440,000 last season, when he went 13-10 with a 2.91 ERA and 212 strikeouts in 2041⁄3 innings.
Right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario was placed on the restricted list. He has failed to appear at spring training, apparently because of passport problems in his native Venezuela. He reported a month late last season.
Beckett still shelved
Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett will miss his next scheduled spring training start Thursday because of concussion symptoms.
Beckett was hit on the left temple while shagging balls in the outfield during batting practice Monday.
Boston said Wednesday he has passed tests and been cleared for physical activity.
Carpenter to miss start
The Cardinals expect Chris Carpenter to miss at least one spring start even though the right-hander says his strained left hamstring is feeling better.
Carpenter left St. Louis' 7-1 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday after feeling a "tweak" in the hamstring. He had pitched 22⁄3 innings and allowed one hit. He iced the leg immediately and was continuing the treatment Wednesday.
Crisp faces DUI charge
Oakland outfielder Coco Crisp has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, the third major-league player to be charged with DUI during spring training.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera was arrested last month in Florida on DUI charges, and Cleveland's Austin Kearns is facing a similar charge after being pulled over in Kentucky and arrested on Feb. 12.
Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez has been scratched from his scheduled start against San Diego because of a nail infection on his pitching hand.
Jimenez had been slated to make his second start Wednesday. A team official said the right-hander had been treated and was feeling OK.
The Rockies haven't decided when Jimenez will pitch again. He made his Cactus League debut Saturday, throwing two scoreless innings.
Jimenez finished 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA in 33 starts and was an All-Star for Colorado last season.
Cubs testy early
Cubs right-hander Carlos Silva was pulled early from Wednesday's game against the Brewers after having words with a teammate after the Cubs committed three errors in Milwaukee's six-run first inning.
Silva, who also gave up two home runs in the inning, apparently was escorted to the clubhouse by a coach.
Last year, Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano and first baseman Derrek Lee had a blowup in the dugout.