CLEARWATER, Fla. — Chase Utley and Cole Hamels are ready for the regular season. The rest of the Philadelphia Phillies need more work in spring training.
Utley homered twice and drove in three runs, Hamels pitched 6 2-3 strong innings and the Phillies beat the Minnesota Twins 10-2 on Sunday.
Hamels allowed two runs on a pair of solo homers by Luis Castillo and Rondell White. He gave up five hits, struck out six and had no walks in his best outing of the spring.
Hamels, who had an outstanding rookie season, struggled in his previous three starts and entered with a 7.00 ERA. The left-hander has been working on establishing an inside fastball. All five homers he’s allowed this spring were on fastballs that didn’t get far enough inside.
LAKELAND, Fla. — Gary Sheffield hit a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly in his first two trips to the plate, helping Detroit score six runs in the first two innings of a victory over the Yankees.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Mike Pelfrey, the ninth overall pick in the 2005 draft out of Wichita State, allowed four runs and six hits in five innings of a loss to Houston. But he pitched well throughout spring training, and that was enough to win a job in New York’s suspect rotation.
BRADENTON, Fla. — Tom Gorzelanny learned he would pitch the Pittsburgh Pirates’ third game of the season, then was given a mandate by manager Jim Tracy to stop getting himself into first-inning trouble in nearly every game he starts.
But Gorzelanny went out and walked two of the first three hitters he faced, setting the tone for a two-run Tampa Bay first inning and a Devil Rays victory in which the Pirates pitched poorly, were sloppy in the field and did little against pitcher Jae Seo.
JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds hit second in the batting order, drawing a walk and grounding out in a loss to Baltimore. He was replaced in the top of the fourth inning by Skip Schumaker.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hanley Ramirez, traded for Josh Beckett after the 2005 season, lined the right-hander’s first pitch through the middle to set up Florida’s first run. But Beckett allowed just two more hits and pitched seven innings as the Red Sox won.
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Tomo Ohka allowed one run over five innings, improving his chances of winning the fourth spot in Toronto’s rotation with a victory over Cincinnati.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Chuck James allowed two hits in six innings and the Braves shut out the Nationals. James walked four and struck out four while lowering his spring ERA to 1.80.
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Larry Bigbie did it again.
The Los Angeles Dodgers non-roster invitee came up with the game-winning hit in a win against Cleveland.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Mark Buehrle’s final spring training start in Arizona was a little rough. What really concerned the White Sox were two injuries, especially backup catcher Toby Hall’s partial shoulder dislocation.
Hall, who was playing first base, hurt his right, throwing shoulder when he dove for a ground ball in the ninth inning of Chicago’s loss to Texas.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Rockies pitcher Brian Lawrence allowed three earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts in a loss to Arizona.
PHOENIX — Rich Harden had a solid performance with strikeouts against his last two batters after walking five in the first four innings. He retired nine of the final 10 batters, threw strikes on 26 of his last 34 pitches and threw 95 pitches in all.
MESA, Ariz. — Kerry Wood failed to protect a seventh-inning lead, giving up three runs that allowed Los Angeles to beat Chicago.
PEORIA, Ariz. — The San Francisco Giants’ new manager Bruce Bochy received a standing ovation from Padres fans as he walked onto the field 25 minutes before the game’s first pitch.
Bochy, who managed the Padres to four National League West division titles and one World Series appearance between 1994 and 2006, then watched as the Padres batted around and scored eight runs in the third inning on the way to a victory.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Zack Greinke will be the Royals’ No. 3 starter and will pitch in their opening series against the Boston Red Sox, manager Buddy Bell said after Greinke’s five-inning stint in a loss to Milwaukee.