Por­cello hit by ground ball

Cy Young win­ner pulled af­ter yield­ing home run, dou­ble.

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Reign­ing AL Cy Young Award win­ner Rick Por­cello was struck on the pitch­ing hand by Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes’ fourth-in­ning grounder dur­ing his start Wed­nes­day for the Bos­ton Red Sox against a New York Mets split squad in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The 28-year-old righthander tried to fin­ish the in­ning but left af­ter giv­ing up a home run to Jay Bruce and a dou­ble to Lu­cas Duda.

“It’s fine right now,” Por­cello said. “It hap­pens quickly, so you’re just try­ing to get the sting out of it. I was able to throw a cou­ple of pitches, and the sec­ond warmup pitch I was able to get down in the zone, and didn’t think it would af­fect me mak­ing pitches.”

Mak­ing his sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion out­ing, Por­cello gave up a run in the third when Cur­tis Gran­der­son came home from third as Neil Walker was caught steal­ing sec­ond. Por­cello struck out Tim Te­bow look­ing with a 92 mph fast­ball in the third in the for­mer NFL quar­ter­back’s first spring train­ing at-bat.

“I felt re­ally good,” Por­cello said. “The ball was com­ing out of my hand a lot bet­ter. I’ve got a cou­ple of me­chan­i­cal things I’m still bat­tling.”

Mean­while, Te­bow had a rough first game for New York. He struck out twice, grounded into a dou­ble play, was hit by a pitch and trapped off first base while bat­ting eighth.

Te­bow came up with the bases loaded and bounced into a dou­ble play against Noe Ramirez. A run scored on the grounder, but Te­bow didn’t get credit for an RBI.

His third time up, Te­bow was plunked in the right shoul­der by a pitch and got dou­bled off first base on a line drive. Te­bow struck out in his last try.

The 29-year-old Te­bow won the 2007 Heis­man Tro­phy at Florida. He signed a mi­nor league con­tract with the Mets last fall and is in camp this year as an out­fielder.

Roy­als: Kansas City re­as­signed prospect Josh Stau­mont to mi­nor league camp and op­tioned Kyle Zim­mer to Dou­ble-A North­west Arkansas, mean­ing nei­ther of the young pitch­ers will make the team out of spring train­ing.

World Clas­sic

Nether­lands 6, Tai­wan 4: Jurick­son Pro­far drew a bases-loaded walk in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning in Tokyo as the Nether­lands im­proved to 2-0 in Pool A and ad­vanced to the sec­ond round along with Is­rael (also 2-0). South Korea and Tai­wan failed to ad­vance. Ja­pan 3, Aus­tralia 1: Ja­pan im­proved to 2-0 in Pool B at Tokyo Dome as Sho Nakata hit a solo home run in the sev­enth in­ning and Yoshit­omo Tsut­sugo added a two-run homer in the eighth. Cuba 6, China 0: Roel San­tos hit a two-run triple as Cuba scored four runs in the fourth in­ning in Tokyo.

TIM WARNER / GETTY IM­AGES

The Angels’ Ben Re­vere slides into home as the Reds’ Rob Brantly is un­able to field the throw Wed­nes­day in the sec­ond in­ning at Goodyear, Ariz.

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