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."
Around the majors
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.