Pirates' VanMeter struggles as catcher, Reds end 9-game skid
Pittsburgh emergency catcher Josh VanMeter had a rough time in his first try behind the plate since he was a teenager, and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage to end a nine-game losing streak, beating the Pirates 9-2 in the opener of a doubleheader.
Cost-cutting takes a bite out of offense for Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds corner outfielders Nick Castillo and Jesse Winker were All-Star Game starters for the National League last year. Third baseman Eugenio Suárez slammed 129 home runs in the last four seasons and was a fan favorite.news.yahoo.com
Scherzer faces deGrom in spring game, rematch on opening day
Scherzer will make his Nationals-record sixth opening day start April 1, facing the New York Mets in Washington. The original lineup released by Washington before the game featured a designated hitter; that was revised to include Scherzer batting for himself. DeGrom struck him out, part of his 4 2/3 scoreless innings with three hits and five Ks. YANKEES 8, BLUE JAYS 3Gerritt Cole struck out eight in five innings, allowing one run in his fourth spring start for New York. BRAVES 11, RAYS 1Atlanta starter Max Fried gave up three hits and struck out five over six innings.
7-inning doubleheaders debut in MLB, Reds sweep Tigers
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT Trevor Bauer made short work of the Detroit Tigers, capping Major League Baseball's first seven-inning doubleheader with a shutout. We've had a tough time in these first ten days, and we've especially struggled against Detroit, Bell said. Bauer wasn't confirmed as the starter for the second game until he arrived at the park. At one point in the first game, Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani forgot the teams were only playing seven innings. Tigers: Detroit has Monday off, then is scheduled to host four games in three days against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sale has strained elbow, pitching-needy Red Sox sign McHugh
After helping the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series, he went 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts last year. In the meantime, the Red Sox reached agreement with pitcher Collin McHugh on a $600,000, one-year contract. ASTROS 5, RED SOX 0Josh James allowed one hit in three innings, and Bryan Abreu fanned four in two innings. WHITE SOX 7 ROCKIES (SS) 6Nomar Mazara hit his first home run since joining the White Sox. DIAMONDBACKS 11, RANGERS (SS) 9Robbie Ray gave up a run on three hits while striking out three over four innings.