MLB | Spring Training results | Saturday
Dodgers 7, White Sox (SS) 6
Russell Martin marked his return to the Dodgers with an RBI double. He caught five seasons for LA and returned in a trade with Toronto. Joc Pederson homered for the Dodgers and Rich Hill pitched a fast inning.
D.J. Peterson homered for Chicago.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers say ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw is expected to resume his regular throwing program next week.
Manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Kershaw was feeling better.
Roberts gave Kershaw a chance to “reset” after two spring outings on the mound. The three-time Cy Young Award winner said he “just didn’t feel right” after a live batting practice session on Monday and a bullpen on Wednesday.
“Right now, we’re going to stick with the same program and see how he feels,” Roberts said. “I know talking to him, he feels better physically. When the training staff decides that we can ramp things back up, we will do so.”
Kershaw has dealt with back injuries the past three seasons and a shoulder injury last year. This week, Roberts announced Kershaw his opening day starter to face Arizona on March 28 at Dodger Stadium.
“Just in talking to him and seeing his disposition, he’s encouraged by how his body is responding,” Roberts said.
The 30-year-old Kershaw signed a three-year, $93 million contract in November after going 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts last season.
Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, who’s been rehabbing from back surgery, he could only watch video of Kershaw’s live batting practice session and could tell something wasn’t right.
“I actually had a premonition after his throwing live,” Honeycutt said Saturday, his first day in Dodgers camp. “He didn’t sound great that day. I know it’s a very frustrating time for him right now.”
Honeycutt was glad to be back at work for the first time since undergoing back surgery on Feb. 12. Bullpen coach Mark Prior has been overseeing the pitchers while Honeycutt was sidelined and provided updates.
“Kersh is going to power through whatever,” Honeycutt said. “It wasn’t like you saw anything that jumped out of the video that would say, ‘Whoa, something’s not right.’ What he’s going through I think is a feel, it’s a feeling of the throws being proper and it’s not that you see something mechanical that’s the issue. It’s more just what’s going on inside the joint right now.”
Angels 10, Giants 3
Taylor Ward hit a grand slam for the Angels and Peter Bourjos had a two-run single.
Red Sox 8, Yankees 5
Gleyber Torres hit a solo home run for the Yankees. Rafael Devers had two hits for Boston and top prospect Michael Chavis hit a threerun homer.
Orioles 7, Twins (SS) 2
Chance Sisco hit a three-run homer for Baltimore and rotation hopeful Yefry Ramirez allowed a run on two hits and two walks in two innings. Jake Cave had two hits for Minnesota’s split squad.
Pirates 3, Phillies 2
Jean Segura went 1 for 3 in his first game with Philadelphia while fellow newcomers Andrew McCutchen and J.T. Realmuto were both hitless in two trips.
Cardinals 11, Marlins 1
St. Louis ace Miles Mikolas pitched two perfect innings. Sandy Alcantara threw two scoreless innings for Miami.
Tigers 4, Blue Jays 0
Detroit starter Matt Moore pitched two scoreless innings and Niko Goodrum had a two-run homer. Teoscar Hernandez had two of Toronto’s four hits.
Mets 4, Braves 3
Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead single for the Mets and highly touted Pete Alonso homered on the first pitch he saw this spring. Touki Toussaint started for Atlanta, allowing two runs on two hits.
Indians 3, Reds 3, 9 innings
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in his Cincinnati debut. Tyler Naquin homered for Cleveland.
Royals 9, Rangers 1
Alex Gordon doubled and singled for Kansas City and Jorge Soler added an RBI single.
Matt Davidson, signed to a minor league contract by Texas, started at third base and had a hit. He is slotted to work as both an infielder and a pitcher this spring.
Cubs 8, Brewers 4
Kris Bryant hit a home run in his first spring at-bat and also singled for Chicago. The former NL MVP worked over the winter to strengthen the left shoulder that robbed him of his typical power last season.
Athletics 6, White Sox (SS) 5
Stephen Piscotty homered for Oakland. Yoan Moncada had two hits for Chicago, driving in a run and scoring once.
Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 3
David Dahl doubled twice for Colorado. Colton Welker, drafted by the Rockies in 2016 out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, hit a home run.
Padres 6, Mariners 4
Felix Hernandez says he’s all set for a bounce-back season.
Now pitching entirely from the stretch, King Felix made his spring training debut Saturday, giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings as the Seattle Mariners lost to the San Diego Padres 6-4.
The six-time All-Star allowed four hits, only one of them solid. He didn’t walk anyone, but hit a batter and threw just 23 strikes in 42 pitches.
“The most important thing is that my arm and my body feel good,” Hernandez said. “The pitches were moving, the curveball was really good.”
Hernandez turns 33 in April and is entering his 15th season in Seattle — and the final year of his seven-year, $175 million contract. The Mariners hold a team option for 2020.
Long the ace of the Seattle staff, he is coming off the worst year of his career, posting a 5.55 ERA in 155 2/3 innings and being removed from the rotation for the first time in his career.
Twins (SS) 10, Rays 5
Byron Buxton hit a three-run homer and a two-run single for Minnesota. Nelson Cruz scored twice in his Twins debut.
Nationals 7, Astros 6
Anthony Rendon homered and Spencer Kieboom added a three-run shot for Washington. Jake Marisnick led off with a home run against Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who threw 44 pitches in two innings.