Joey Votto runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo in the second inning Friday in Sarasota, Fla. Cincinnati won 10-3.Ap photo
SARASOTA, Fla. — Joey Votto homered and hit an RBI single Friday as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-3.
The World Series champion Phillies are 0-3 in spring training and have scored a total of seven runs.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo gave up a run in two innings. Shane Victorino and newly acquired Raul Ibanez hit consecutive doubles in the Phillies’ first.
“Honestly, you don’t know where any pitches are going,” Arroyo said. “You don’t know whether you’re going to bounce the ball in the dirt or paint the black. If they’re hitting the ball around the park, at least you’re throwing the ball over the dish.
“No matter how you’re established in the game, you don’t want to go 3-1 and walk a bunch of guys.”
Overall, Arroyo was satisfied. He faced nine batters and walked one with no strikeouts.
“It usually takes two starts into the season before I feel I’m really game ready,” he said. “This year, maybe I can go deeper in games toward the end.”
Juan Francisco and Jonny Gomes hit consecutive doubles off Andrew Carpenter in the Reds’ four-run first inning. Manager Dusty Baker had Francisco batting fourth, which is where he hit in the Dominican winter league.
“He’s what you want to see in a young hitter,” Baker said. “He’s aggressive. You want someone you can tone down, not tone up. His strikeouts are from inexperience, but you can turn that flame down. It’s hard to turn it up.”
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Johan Santana was scratched from his second straight start by the New York Mets because of a sore left elbow.
After Santana missed a scheduled “B” game appearance against Italy’s national team, the Mets said their ace would not take his turn Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. That was to have been his first regular spring training game appearance of the year.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said that because spring training is nearly a week longer this year due to the World Baseball Classic, he decided to be “extra cautious” with his ace.
“There’s no hurry with Johan in spring training if he’s experiencing any discomfort,” Manuel said.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joe Crede, batting third as designated hitter, went 0-for-2 with a walk in his Twins debut. Crede said he was just happy to get to the plate and face pitchers.
Crede, who had two back operations in the past two years, was the Twins’ biggest offseason acquisition, coming over from the White Sox for a one-year, $2.5 million deal laden with incentives if he stays healthy. He finally made it on the field in the team’s third spring game.
JUPITER, Fla. — Eager to prove himself in the major leagues, Koji Uehara threw two scoreless innings in the Orioles’ loss to Florida. Uehara allowed a lost-in-the-sun single, walked one and struck out three.
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Absent from the major leagues since 2006, Matt Clement pitched two innings for Toronto in the Blue Jays’ spring-training victory over Detroit.
Clement signed a $25.5 million, three-year contract with Boston after the 2004 season, went 13-6 the following year but was 5-5 in 12 starts in 2006, when his season was cut short by a shoulder injury that required surgery.
He missed 2007, then was limited to minor league appearances last season after signing a $1.5 million, one-year deal with St. Louis. Toronto gave him a minor league contract in December.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Rocco Baldelli went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in his spring training debut with the Red Sox.
Baldelli, who played in the World Series with the Rays after missing most of last season because of an illness that causes extreme fatigue, signed a $500,000, one-year contract with the Red Sox after spending nearly a decade in the Rays organization.
His new team is still trying to figure out how best to use the 27-year-old outfielder. He is a .281 career hitter who has been hampered by injuries and illness since missing the entire 2005 season with knee and elbow trouble.
VIERA, Fla. — Shawn Hill pitched a scoreless inning in his first appearance in nearly eight months, and Washington beat Houston.
Jesus Flores and Cristian Guzman each had RBI doubles off Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez.
BRADENTON, Fla. — Tom Gorzelanny worked out of a jam and tossed two scoreless innings in a loss to Atlanta.
Last season, Gorzelanny was supposed to be the Pirates’ ace. But, overweight and out of shape, he went 6-9 with a 6.67 ERA and spent much of the year at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Milwaukee vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — In his only spring training start for the Cubs before joining Team USA, Cubs’ Ted Lilly pitched two efficient innings in a win over Texas.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Greg Smith allowed three runs, three hits and three walks over two innings in the Rockies’ loss to the Angels.
PEORIA, Ariz. — Adrian Beltre took a swing so mighty the resulting breeze almost caused a desert dust storm.
“Swing so hard I could feel it. Yeah, that was my mind-set,” Seattle’s third baseman said with a laugh following his first game since shoulder and thumb surgery in September.
Beltre popped up later in that first at-bat. Then he hit a ringing, two-run double in a three-run third inning off Shawn Estes to send the Mariners to a victory over Los Angeles.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Victor Martinez hit two home runs, Fausto Carmona pitched two scoreless innings and Cleveland beat San Diego.
TUCSON, Ariz. — White Sox lefty John Danks gave up one hit and struck out two in two innings as Chicago defeated Arizona.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Kansas City’s Miguel Olivo was unable to fool Randy Johnson with his dash. The Big Unit deftly stepped off the rubber and threw home to Bengie Molina for the final out in the second inning, finishing his spring debut with San Francisco.