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CLEARWATER Matt Kemp Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper finally got his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start.m Detroit Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game. He jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep the ball.It was Harper’s 16th plate appearance over six exhibition games. Turnbull struck him out swinging in the first.In his final at-bat, Harper walked against Reed Garrett to lead off the seventh. Harper has struck out six times and drawn five walks.“Took great swings on pitches that he just missed and fouled back,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after the 3-1 loss to the Tigers. “And one swing, a foul ball (down the third-base side) that was a real near-miss. You could see with just a little bit better timing that ball is in the seats in left field. So, a lot to get excited about there with Bryce.”Harper played seven innings in right field.Kapler plans to hit Harper third regularly during the regular season.“Right now I’m happy with Harper in the three-hole because I think it makes him feel most confident,” Kapler said. “For me, that trumps anything.”Harper agreed to a $330 million, 13-year contract in late February, almost two weeks after spring training began. He missed one game after getting hit by a pitch in the ankle on Friday.Phillies infielder Rhys Hoskins didn’t play against the Tigers because of mild left shoulder soreness.Philadelphia opens the season on March 28 at home against Atlanta. Kyle Seager will be absent next week when the Seattle Mariners play the major league opener in Japan. Mike Foltynewicz will miss opening day for Atlanta, too.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, is on the mend.The Mariners said Monday that Seager needs surgery on his left hand, sidelining the third baseman through at least April. The former All-Star and Gold Glove winner rolled his glove going for a grounder in a spring training game last week.Seattle is likely to move first baseman Ryon Healy across the diamond to third. The Mariners and Oakland begin the regular season on March 20 in Tokyo.The Braves had hoped Foltynewicz could start on March 28 when the NL East champions open at Philadelphia, but a sore elbow has slowed the All-Star righty.Foltynewicz has yet to make an appearance in an exhibition game because of discomfort that began about two weeks ago.“We’re just trying to figure out at what point do we get him up to five innings?” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “He’s not that far removed from throwing (off the mound), but we still want to be careful how we build him up.”With Foltynewicz out Hank Aaron Jersey , the Braves could go with Julio Teheran on opening day for the sixth year in a row. Lefty Sean Newcomb is another possibility.Kershaw threw his first bullpen since Feb. 20, an all-fastball session of 20 pitches. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been slowed by left shoulder discomfort.“Good day, good step forward, for sure, and just kind of keep going forward from here,” Kershaw said.Los Angeles isn’t sure whether Kershaw will be available for its March 28 opener against Arizona. He has made eight consecutive opening-day starts but has mixed feelings about the importance of pitching this year’s opener.“Yes, because I have a little streak going and just the history behind it, it is pretty cool,” he said. “But no, in the fact that it’s not worth — it’s one game out of, you know, you’ve got to kind of weigh that back and forth.”AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUESTIGERS 3, TWINS 0Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera slyly pulled off the hidden-ball trick, trapping Ehire Adrianza in the third inning. Tyson Ross made a pickoff throw that sent Adrianza diving into the bag, and Cabrera pretended to toss the ball back to the mound. But he kept it and when Adrianza stood up and stepped off the base to shake away the dust http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , Cabrera tagged him.The Twins‘ first base coach, by the way, was Toby Gardenhire — son of Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. Toby Gardenhire is a minor league manager in Minnesota’s system.Ross pitched four innings and struck out five. JaCoby Jones homered and Grayson Greiner had two hits.RAYS 8, PHILLIES 2Bryce Harper played right field, struck out looking against AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell and walked in his second game with Philadelphia. Harper has yet to put the ball in play this spring after walking twice in his debut. Tampa Bay employed a four-man outfield against Harper, as did Toronto when it faced him over the weekend.Snell pitched two hitless innings in his second start for Tampa Bay, striking out two. Avisail Garcia and Jake Smolinski homered for the Rays and Kevin Kiermaier doubled twice.Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura homered for the Phillies. Vince Velasquez struggled again in his second start, yielding five runs on five hits and two walks in two innings.CARDINALS 3, NATIONALS 2Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run double off Washington ace Max Scherzer and is batting .348 in his first spring with St. Louis. Jack Flaherty made his second start, pitching five innings and surrendering one run.Scherzer pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs and six hits. Scherzer also batted — in the fifth inning, Jack Flaherty’s 3-2 inside fastball hit the nob of Scherzer’s bat and breezed along the fingers of his right hand. One pitch earlier, Scherzer glared at Flaherty following a high-and-tight fastball.Nationals manager Dave Martinez made it official that Scherzer will start on opening day. It’ll be a marquee matchup at Nationals Park when Scherzer faces Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets. DeGrom beat out Scherzer for the NL Cy Young Award last year.REDS 5, INDIANS 5, 9 INNINGSMichael Lorenzen pitched a scoreless fifth inning, striking out two Julio Teheran Jersey , and then played two innings in center field for Cincinnati. Lorenzen, who was a center fielder and closer in college, batted .290 and hit four home runs as a pitcher last season. He struck out in his only at-bat.Reds newcomers Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig both homered.Cleveland starter Corey Kluber gave up three runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.ASTROS 6, METS 3Kyle Tucker, Houston’s top prospect, hit a go-ahead, two-run double. Newcomer Michael Brantley had two singles.Jason Vargas pitched four shutout innings for New York. Manager Mickey Callaway said right-handed reliever Drew Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery and be lost for the season — Smith had appeared to be in line for a bullpen position, pitching four scoreless innings in four appearances.BRAVES 6, PIRATES 2Josh Donaldson hit an RBI single and scored on Ronald Acuna Jr.’s second home run for Atlanta. Touki Toussaint, vying for a spot in the rotation, pitched four scoreless innings in relief.Patrick Kivlehan had three hits for Pittsburgh.GIANTS 4, DODGERS 1Chris Stratton made his fourth start for San Francisco, pitching four innings and allowing one run. Giants catching prospect Joey Bart hit a three-run double with two outs in the ninth.BREWERS 8, WHITE SOX 5National League MVP Christian Yelich singled twice, raising his average to .450 http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , and scored on Ryan Braun’s first spring home run for Milwaukee. Jhoulys Chacin made his third start, pitching 4 2/3 shutout innings and allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three.Ivan Nova was roughed up in his second start for Chicago, giving up six runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.ROCKIES 6, ATHLETICS 3Ian Desmond homered and Nolan Arenado doubled and singled for Colorado. Marcus Semien had three hits for Oakland.ANGELS 12, RANGERS 11Newcomer Hunter Pence hit his third home run for Texas, connecting off Los Angeles closer Cody Allen. Joey Gallo had an RBI single and stole a base. Shelby Miller made his third start, pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up one run.Matt Harvey struggled in his second start for the Angels, retiring just four batters and giving up four runs, five hits and a walk.ROYALS (SS) 5, MARINERS 1Jorge Soler homered and drove in two runs for Kansas City. Alex Gordon also connected, and Heath Fillmyer pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball.Jose Lobaton had a run-scoring single for Seattle.RANGERS (SS) 6, ROYALS (SS) 2Asdrubal Cabrera went 3 for 3 for Texas, and Logan Forsythe drove in two runs. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had two hits and scored twice.Kansas City right-hander Homer Bailey allowed four runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.
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