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Report: Cubs 2B Nico Hoerner agrees to 3-year extension

Report: Cubs 2B Nico Hoerner agrees to 3-year extension

Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner agreed to a three-year, $35 million contract extension, ESPN reported Monday night.

Hoerner originally was set to enter free agency following the 2025 season but will now test the open market after the 2026 campaign. He is currently making $2.5 million in his first year of arbitration and will make about $15 million over the next two years before getting roughly $20 million in 2026, per ESPN.

With the extension, Chicago has its middle infield locked down for the foreseeable future after the Cubs signed shortstop Dansby Swanson to a seven-year, $177 million deal this offseason.

Hoerner, 25, hit .281 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs in 135 games last season, his fourth with the Cubs. He also had 22 doubles and five triples to go along with 20 stolen bases.

In 247 career games, all with Chicago, Hoerner has a .277 average with a .333 on-base percentage, a .385 slugging percentage, 13 homers and 101 RBIs. The Cubs selected Hoerner with the 24th overall pick of the 2018 draft out of Stanford.

Orioles acquire LHP Danny Coulombe

Orioles acquire LHP Danny Coulombe

The Baltimore Orioles acquired left-handed pitcher Danny Coulombe from the Minnesota Twins on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.

Coulombe was with Minnesota on a minor league deal that he was able to opt out of if another major league team offered him a roster spot. With the Orioles' 40-man roster currently full, Baltimore will have to make a corresponding move.

That move could include right-hander Andrew Politi, whom the Orioles designated for assignment on Monday, according to a report by the Boston Globe. Politi was selected by Baltimore from the Red Sox in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft, meaning he would be offered back to Boston if he clears waivers.

Coulombe, 33, made 10 relief appearances for the Twins last season, posting a 1.46 ERA in 12 1/3 innings without recording a decision. He struck out nine and walked nine.

In 194 career appearances (one start), Coulombe has gone 9-6 with a 3.92 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2014-15), Oakland Athletics (2015-18) and Twins (2020-22).

Spring training roundup: Michael Toglia, Rockies rock Brewers

Spring training roundup: Michael Toglia, Rockies rock Brewers

Michael Toglia went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs to highlight the Colorado Rockies' 12-8 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday in Phoenix.

Toglia, playing right field, also scored four runs as the visiting Rockies pounded 18 hits.

Harold Castro went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two runs, Ezequiel Tovar went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Yonathan Daza drove in two runs.

The Brewers collected 12 hits, including two home runs from William Contreras, who was 2-for-3 with six RBIs and two runs. Brian Anderson also went deep.

Braves 6, Red Sox 1

Matt Olson hit his eighth home run of the spring and Eddie Rosario and Sean Murphy also went deep as Atlanta cruised past Boston in North Port, Fla.

Rosario was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, and Michael Harris II was 2-for-3 with a double. Eight Braves pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

Niko Goodrum and Yu Chang doubled for the Red Sox.

Twins 8, Pirates 4

Jose Miranda went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI, and Donovan Solano and Hernan Perez homered as Minnesota doubled up Pittsburgh in Fort Myers, Fla.

Right-hander Joe Ryan started for the Twins and went 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks with four strikeouts.

Maikol Escotto slammed a three-run homer 404 feet in the ninth inning for Pittsburgh.

Yankees 8, Rays 4

Eric Wagaman went 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBIs to lead host New York past Tampa Bay in Tampa, Fla.

Rafael Ortega hit a solo shot for the Yankees, while Josh Donaldson went 2-for-2 with a double.

Christian Bethancourt homered for the Rays, and Josh Lowe had two hits including a double.

Cardinals 8, Orioles 2

Jacob Buchberger and Chandler Redmond each slammed three-run homers to power St. Louis past Baltimore in Sarasota, Fla.

Nolan Gorman also went deep for the Cardinals.

Ryan O'Hearn homered for the Orioles, who were outhit 13-4.

Phillies 5, Blue Jays 2

Trea Turner and Leandro Pineda homered in Philadelphia's victory over host Toronto in Dunedin, Fla.

Bryson Stott added a two-run single in the first inning.

Nathan Lukes went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run for the Blue Jays.

Padres 4, Mariners 2

Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run double in the third inning as San Diego doubled up host Seattle in Peoria, Ariz.

Right-hander Seth Lugo started for the Padres and allowed five hits, two runs and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings.

The Mariners totaled five hits, all singles, along with three walks while striking out nine times.

White Sox 6, Cubs 6

The White Sox scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning, including Romy Gonzalez's three-run homer, to tie their Chicago rival in Mesa, Ariz.

The Cubs had led 4-0 after the first inning and 6-0 after four, with Dansby Swanson going deep in the second.

The White Sox notched a single run in the sixth, then scored five times in the ninth on a single, walk, fielder's choice, Gonzalez's homer, a single, a double and DJ Gladney's two-out, two-run single.

Joey Votto's 14-season Opening Day starting streak for Reds to end

Joey Votto's 14-season Opening Day starting streak for Reds to end

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto will begin the season on the injured list due to his surgically repaired shoulder to end his streak of 14 consecutive Opening Day starts.

Votto underwent surgery on his left rotator cuff and biceps last August and isn't ready for the start of the season. Votto said Monday that he will report to Triple-A Nashville later this week and begin a minor league rehab stint on Friday.

Votto, 39, said at a news conference that he was disappointed that he will miss Thursday's opener against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

"It saddens me because Opening Day means a lot to our city," Votto said. "It means a lot to me. This is just how it is shaking out this year. I'm trying to hustle back and get back in uniform as quickly as possible and help the team. It's just going to be a little bit later this year."

Votto received just 22 spring training at-bats (with four hits) and he felt that wasn't enough activity to get him ready for the season.

"What led me to that decision was just not being ready," Votto said. "Starting a good bit behind during spring training, still working through some of the rehab process. Not accumulating enough time in the field. Not accumulating enough at-bats. (Sunday) was the first day where I felt semi-close to being able to play close to 100 percent. It takes a stretch of time feeling that way before you feel like you are regular season ready."

Votto, a six-time All-Star, began his Opening Day starting streak in 2009. The first day he will be eligible to play for the Reds this season is April 6.

Cincinnati's options to start at first base on Opening Day include Tyler Stephenson, Wil Myers and Jason Vosler. The latter isn't on the 40-man roster so the Reds would have to do some juggling if he turns out to the choice.

Votto batted just .205 with 11 homers and 41 RBIs in 91 games last season. His on-base percentage was just .319.

Votto was the National League MVP in 2010 and batted over .300 eight times in a nine-year span earlier in his career. He also has led the NL in on-base percentage seven times.

His career numbers include a .297 batting average, .412 on-base percentage, 342 homers and 1,106 RBIs in 1,991 games over 16 seasons, all with the Reds.

Votto is under contract for $25 million in 2023, the final season of a 10-year, $225 million deal. The Reds hold a $20 million option for 2024 with a $7 million buyout.

Cubs trade INF Zach McKinstry to Tigers

Cubs trade INF Zach McKinstry to Tigers

The Detroit Tigers acquired infielder Zach McKinstry from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league right-hander Carlos Guzman on Monday.

McKinstry, who turns 28 next month, batted .199 with five home runs, 14 RBIs and career highs in triples (three) and stolen bases (seven) in 57 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cubs last season.

McKinstry played 21 games at third base, 19 at second base and nine at shortstop for the Cubs in 2022 after they acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers in July.

In 121 career games with the Dodgers (2020-22) and Cubs, McKinstry is a .208 hitter with 12 home runs, 16 doubles and 41 runs.

Guzman, 24, pitched in two games at Double-A Erie last season but spent most his time at High-A West Michigan, with a 4.16 ERA over 25 games (23 starts).

Angels C Max Stassi slowed by hip injury

Angels C Max Stassi slowed by hip injury

Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi is dealing with hip soreness that could land him on the injured list, opening the door for top prospect Logan O'Hoppe to make the team.

After he was away from the club for personal reasons, Stassi returned to the team's spring training complex at Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday. But while playing in a minor league game, he departed with a hip injury.

"(Stassi) felt like it was important to get back and try to ramp up a little bit and unfortunately, he had a little hip thing (Sunday)," Angels manager Phil Nevin said from Los Angeles, where the main roster played against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

O'Hoppe played in Sunday's Freeway Series game against the Dodgers, collecting a hit off left-hander Clayton Kershaw, and he is in line to make his first Opening Day roster. The 23-year-old made his major league debut in September and went 4-for-14 in five games.

Stassi, 32, played in a career-high 102 games last season, batting .180 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs. In 10 seasons with the Houston Astros and Angels, Stassi is a career .212 hitter with 41 home runs and 128 RBIs.

Brewers lock in 1B Luke Voit, DFA INF Keston Hiura

Brewers lock in 1B Luke Voit, DFA INF Keston Hiura

Two days after first baseman Luke Voit opted out of his minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, the club signed him to a one-year major league contract with an option for 2024.

The move comes as manager Craig Counsell told reporters Monday that infielder Keston Hiura was designated for assignment.

Voit, 32, hit 22 home runs with 69 RBIs last season for the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals. He is a career .254 hitter with 95 home runs and 272 RBIs over six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Padres and Nationals.

Hiura, 26, hit 19 home runs with a .938 OPS in 84 games as a rookie in 2019 but has struggled to match that production over the last three seasons. His roster fate was sealed this spring when the former first-round draft pick batted .156 in 12 Cactus League games. Milwaukee general manager Matt Arnold said Friday that Hiura would not make the Opening Day roster.

In 284 career games over four seasons, Hiura is a .238 hitter with a .771 OPS and 50 home runs with 132 RBIs.

Red Sox option INF Bobby Dalbec, C Jorge Alfaro

Red Sox option INF Bobby Dalbec, C Jorge Alfaro

The Boston Red Sox optioned infielder Bobby Dalbec and catcher Jorge Alfaro to Triple-A Worcester on Monday.

Yu Chang beat out Dalbec for the final infield spot, and Connor Wong will serve as the primary backup to starting catcher Reese McGuire.

Dalbec, 27, hit .215 with 12 home runs and 39 RBIs in 2022, playing first base and third base. He hit .235 in 18 spring training games, with two home runs, two triples and four doubles.

Alfaro, 29, hit .246 with seven HRs and 40 RBIs last season with the San Diego Padres. He hit .478 with an OPS of 1.390 in nine spring training games with the Red Sox.

Chang, 27, didn't appear in a spring training game with the Red Sox. Boston didn't sign him until Feb. 16, giving him no time before playing in the World Baseball Classic, where he was named Most Valuable Player of Pool A playing for Taiwan. He rejoined the club on Thursday.

Chang hit .222 in 51 games last season with four teams, including 11 with the Red Sox. Chang can play all four infield positions.

Wong, 26, hasn't appeared in a spring training game since March 2 because of a hamstring injury. He hit .400 in three games. He batted .188 in 27 games with the Red Sox in 2022.

Report: Pirates RHP JT Brubaker expected to open season on IL

Report: Pirates RHP JT Brubaker expected to open season on IL

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander JT Brubaker is expected to open the season on the injured list with right elbow and forearm discomfort, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.

Brubaker, 29, made a career-high 28 starts last season, going 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA. In 63 appearances (61 starts) over three seasons with the Pirates, he is 9-28 with a 4.99 ERA.

Brubaker earned the start on Opening Day last season. He gave up four runs on four hits with three walks in three innings while taking the 9-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Pirates are expected to send right-hander Mitch Keller to the mound Thursday to open the season on the road against the Cincinnati Reds.

Grand slam: Mike Trout, Tiger Woods team to build N.J. golf course

Grand slam: Mike Trout, Tiger Woods team to build N.J. golf course

Mike Trout is teaming with Tiger Woods to build Trout National - The Reserve, a championship golf course near where Trout grew up in southern New Jersey.

Woods' golf course architecture firm, TGR Design, will design the course, which is set to open in 2025 in Vineland, N.J. Trout, the Los Angeles Angels' three-time MVP outfielder, and his wife, Jessica, live in the region in the offseason.

"It's pretty incredible having a chance to own your own golf course," Trout said, per Sports Illustrated. "Getting Tiger to design it is crazy. If you had told me before that this would happen one day, I would have said you are crazy. It's more than I ever thought possible."

Trout told Sports Illustrated that he and Jessica talked about owning a golf course, pre-pandemic, and the idea evolved through the years as he met with a local developer. Eventually, Trout's brother contacted TGR Design, and a partnership was born.

"My favorite golfer growing up obviously was Tiger," Trout, 31, told Sports Illustrated. "I thought it would be pretty cool to reach out. We reached out, got a positive vibe when we mentioned it and got his team down to the site. Once Tiger's team came down to the site, they loved it. It's surreal. I mean, it's friggin' Tiger!

"We talk now. I'm starting to get to know him. I talk to him over the telephone. It's pretty crazy."

The course property also will include a practice range, clubhouse, restaurant, lodging and even a wedding chapel.

The price of the project has not been disclosed.

Mets designate Darin Ruf for assignment

Mets designate Darin Ruf for assignment

The Mets designated first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf for assignment on Monday, ending his short tenure in New York.

When the Mets acquired Ruf at the trade deadline last summer from the San Francisco Giants for infielder J.D. Davis, left-hander Thomas Szapucki and two pitching prospects, they hoped he'd provide a productive right-handed bat.

Instead, he hit .152 with no home runs, seven RBIs and a slugging percentage of .197. This spring, Ruf batted .167 in 11 games, driving in one run.

The 36-year-old is due $3.25 million from the Mets.

In eight seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, Giants and Mets, Ruf has a career average of .239 with 67 homers and 202 RBIs.

Yankees name SS prospect Anthony Volpe to Opening Day roster

Yankees name SS prospect Anthony Volpe to Opening Day roster

Anthony Volpe is expected to be the New York Yankees' starting shortstop on Opening Day after the team informed him Sunday that he made the big-league team.

Volpe, 21, was the top-rated prospect in the Yankees' farm system and impressed the club throughout spring training. He batted .314 with three home runs, five RBIs, six doubles and five stolen bases across 17 games in the Grapefruit League.

Volpe played just 22 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2022 and 110 at Double-A Somerset. He batted .249 with 21 home runs, 35 doubles and 50 steals between the two levels.

The Yankees released a video of manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman breaking the news to Volpe in Boone's office, setting it up to sound like they were sending him back to the minors.

"This is a difficult conversation to have to have, because you came in and played your ass off, OK?" Boone said. "We talked about the start of this, it being a competition, and you killed it. But at the end of the day, you've got 20-something games at Triple-A. There's always room for development.

"But at the end, I think that development should happen in the big leagues. Welcome to New York."

Volpe is a Watchung, N.J. native selected by the Yankees in the first round (30th overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft.

"My heart was beating pretty hard," an elated Volpe told reporters. "I don't really have too many words right now."

Among others, Volpe beat out Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who started 131 games at shortstop for New York last season.

"The obvious exclamation point here is Anthony Volpe came into camp and took this position," Cashman said. "He should be congratulated. It was well played. He's earned the right to take that spot for the New York Yankees as we open the 2023 season and we're excited for him."

The Yankees open the 2023 regular season Thursday with a home game against the San Francisco Giants.

Spring training roundup: Astros pound Cardinals 24-1

Spring training roundup: Astros pound Cardinals 24-1

Yainer Diaz went 3-for-3 with six RBIs and the Houston Astros rang up nine runs in the bottom of the eighth to pile on the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 24-1 in a spring training game on Sunday in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Diaz hit a two-run single in the first inning before blasting a grand slam in the second. Will Wagner added three RBIs and Corey Julks had a two-run shot in the seventh that made it 15-1 Houston.

The Astros then batted around in the eighth, totaling 14 at-bats. Rylan Bannon had both a run-scoring single and an RBI sacrifice fly during the inning.

Astros starter Jose Urquidy scattered four hits over four innings, allowing the lone run on a multiple-error play in the second that scored Oscar Mercado. Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty yielded six earned runs on four hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings.

Tigers 11, Rays 10

After Detroit stormed ahead in the eighth inning, Ryan Kreidler hit a walk-off RBI single in a win over visiting Tampa Bay in Lakeland, Fla.

Kerry Carpenter's two-run single in the eighth launched a four-run Tigers uprising, but Matthew Dyer's three-run shot in the top of the ninth allowed the Rays to tie it 10-10 before Kreidler drove home Jonathan Davis.

Riley Greene mashed a three-run home run 410 feet to center and Jonathan Schoop added a solo shot for the Tigers. Francisco Mejia had a solo homer for the Rays.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2

Jhony Brito tossed 5 1/3 perfect innings to help host New York beat Toronto in Tampa, Fla.

Brito (2-0), who split last season between Double-A and Triple-A and has yet to crack the big leagues, threw three strikeouts (all in the first inning) and threw 58 pitches. He received run support from Aaron Judge's second homer of the spring and Anthony Rizzo's first.

Matt Chapman and Andres Sosa drove in the Blue Jays' runs.

Orioles 4, Phillies 2

Anthony Santander hit his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot, to help host Baltimore beat Philadelphia in Sarasota, Fla.

The Orioles scored their other runs on a balk and a throwing error by Phillies catcher Aramis Garcia. Starter Kyle Bradish allowed just one run and one hit in five innings with three strikeouts.

Jake Cave went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and Jim Haley homered for the Phillies.

Twins 7, Red Sox 2

Ryan Jeffers, Willi Castro and Hernan Perez each smacked a two-run homer to lift visiting Minnesota past Boston in Fort Myers, Fla.

Twins starter Sonny Gray threw three perfect innings with four strikeouts. Chris Sale gave up Jeffers' homer and four other hits over five innings, walking two and fanning three.

Rafael Devers hit his first homer of the spring for the Red Sox.

Braves 8, Pirates 1

Austin Riley and Eddie Rosario hit early solo home runs and Ozzie Albies had a two-run single as host Atlanta beat Pittsburgh in North Port, Fla.

Braves starter Spencer Strider struck out four batters over four scoreless innings with one walk and two hits.

Chris Owings got the Pirates on the board in the ninth with a sac fly.

Nationals 2, Marlins 2

Victor Mesa Jr.'s RBI single for Miami in the sixth inning tied the game for good against visiting Washington in Sarasota, Fla.

Bryan De La Cruz scored for the Marlins on a throwing error and starter Jesus Luzardo gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in five innings, with four strikeouts.

Jeimer Candelario and Alex Call supplied the RBIs for the Nationals. Starter Josiah Gray gave up just one hit, one walk and one unearned run over four innings with three strikeouts.

Braves' Kyle Wright headed to IL, rookies to join rotation

Braves' Kyle Wright headed to IL, rookies to join rotation

Atlanta Braves right-hander Kyle Wright will begin the season on the injured list, a move that will allow left-handers Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd to briefly receive a spot in the starting rotation.

The Braves announced their decision on Sunday for Wright, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury. The 21-game winner from last season will be eligible to return from the injured list on April 11.

Shuster, 24, is expected to make his major-league debut in next Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals. He is the Braves' top prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

Dodd, 24, is in line to make his first major league start in the Braves' game against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5.

Wright, 27, has been dealing with soreness in his pitching shoulder since January and received a cortisone shot shortly after reporting the injury.

Wright had two career victories before his breakout 2022 season in which he went 21-5 with a 3.19 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 30 starts. He was the lone 20-game winner in the majors.

Wright also beat the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the National League Division Series for Atlanta's lone win of the postseason. He gave up two hits in six shutout innings.

Report: OF Kole Calhoun back on free agent market

Report: OF Kole Calhoun back on free agent market

Outfielder Kole Calhoun is back on the free agent market after opting out of his minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners, The Athletic reported Sunday.

The 11-year MLB veteran and former Gold Glove winner batted .250 with two RBIs in 12 games this spring with the Mariners, who signed him on Feb. 23.

Calhoun, 35, batted just .196 with 12 homers, 49 RBIs and 136 strikeouts in 125 games last season with the Texas Rangers.

He is a lifetime .243/.316/.418 hitter with 173 home runs and 557 RBIs in 1,196 games with the Los Angeles Angels (2012-19), Arizona Diamondbacks (2020-21) and Rangers.

Tigers' Tyler Nevin, Michael Lorenzen headed to IL

Tigers' Tyler Nevin, Michael Lorenzen headed to IL

Detroit Tigers third baseman Tyler Nevin and right-hander Michael Lorenzen will begin the season on the injured list, manager A.J. Hinch confirmed Sunday.

Nevin has a left oblique strain and Lorenzen a left groin strain. Detroit opens the season Thursday at Tampa Bay.

"He will open up on a rehab assignment if all goes well this week," Hinch said of Nevin, per the Detroit Free Press.

Both players joined the Tigers in December. Lorenzen signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal in free agency and Nevin was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations.

Nevin, 25, batted .197 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 58 games with the Orioles last season.

Lorenzen, 31, was 8-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 18 starts for the Los Angeles Angels last season.

Report: Rays SS Wander Franco (quad) to have MRI

Report: Rays SS Wander Franco (quad) to have MRI

Rays shortstop Wander Franco will have an MRI on his injured right quad Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Franco, 22, was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox due to soreness.

The Rays open the regular season with a three-game home series against the Detroit Tigers, starting Thursday.

Franco batted .277 with six homers and 33 RBIs in 83 games last season. He spent time on the injured list with a right quad strain and later a broken bone in his right hand.

Franco signed an 11-year, $182 million contract following the 2021 season, when he finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting after batting .288 with seven homers and 39 RBIs in 70 games.

Spring training roundup: Barrage in 9th lifts Angels over Cubs

Spring training roundup: Barrage in 9th lifts Angels over Cubs

The Los Angeles Angels got four hits without making an out in scoring three runs to walk off with an 8-7 comeback victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

Right-hander Cayne Ueckert entered in the bottom of the ninth for the Cubs and gave up doubles to Benjamin Gobbel and Anthony Mulrine, Osmy Gregorio's second RBI triple of the game, walks to David Calabrese and Kyle Kasser and Jeremiah Jackson's RBI single to score Gregorio with the eighth Angels run.

The Cubs' Yan Gomes was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and one run. Patrick Wisdom also homered.

Braves 9, Twins 4

Joshua Fuentes smacked two solo homers and teammates Yolmer Sanchez and Cade Bunnell also went deep to power Atlanta past host Minnesota in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Braves outhit the Twins 15-7, including three singles from Sam Hilliard.

Jose Miranda and Trevor Larnach homered for Minnesota.

Rays 4, Red Sox 2

Tristan Gray homered and Taylor Walls hit a two-run double to lift Tampa Bay past Boston in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Enmanuel Valdez hit a two-run homer for Boston.

Cardinals 3, Marlins 2

Victor Scott II drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning for St. Louis against Miami in Sarasota, Fla.

The Cardinals had loaded the bases on a one-out walk, a fielder's choice groundout and another walk by right-handed reliever Matt Barnes.

Nolan Arendo hit a two-run single for St. Louis in the sixth inning. Yuli Gurriel had two of Miami's six hits.

Braves 9, Twins 4

Atlanta defeated Minnesota by the same score in two different cities on the same day, this time in Nort Port, Fla.

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a two-run homer, singled and scored twice for the host Braves. Forrest Wall went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and Michael Harris II went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs.

Kyle Garlick went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs, and Mark Contreras went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Twins.

Yankees 8, Phillies 3

Anthony Volpe was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, while New York teammates Josh Donaldson, Gleyber Torres and Andres Chaparro did go deep in a win over host Philadelphia in Clearwater, Fla.

Volpe went 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple and three runs. Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs. Torres was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, and Donaldson was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one run.

The Phillies got homers from Nick Castellanos and Dalton Guthrie, while leadoff batter Trea Turner was 3-for-3 with a double.

Royals 6, Dodgers 3

Bobby Witt Jr. hit his first homer of the spring to drive in three runs, and Nick Loftin added a solo shot as Kansas City doubled up Los Angles in Phoenix.

Michael Busch went 2-for-4 with a home run, and Steven Duggar went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Los Angeles.

Brewers 6, Athletics 5

Wes Clarke hit a two-out double to drive in Blake Perkins with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth as Milwaukee edged Oakland in Mesa, Ariz.

It was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Brewers, who were outhit 7-6. The Athletics' Carlos Perez doubled and drove in two runs, and Kyle McCann also doubled.

Padres 5, Rangers 3

Right-hander Nick Martinez scattered six hits and allowed two runs and two walks with eight strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings to earn the win for San Diego over Texas in Surprise, Ariz.

His starting counterpart, right-hander Jacob DeGrom, allowed two hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Rougned Odor went 2-for-3 with a run for San Diego. The Rangers' Brad Miller and Ezequiel Duran each homered.

Giants 7, Mariners 4

Right-hander Logan Webb scattered eight hits with one run and three walks while fanning six in five innings as San Francisco topped Seattle in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Leadoff batter Lamonte Wade Jr. went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the Giants, and Roberto Perez was 2-for-3 with two runs.

Alberto Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the ninth for the Mariners.

Orioles 6, Pirates 4

Ryan O'Hearn went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and three runs to lead Baltimore past Pittsburgh in Bradenton, Fla.

Jordan Westburg drove in three runs with a double and a sacrifice fly, and Orioles teammate Anthony Bemboom hit a two-run homer.

Pirates leadoff batter Oneil Cruz went 2-for-4 with two runs.

Astros 6, Nationals 1

Houston right-hander Cristian Javier yielded four hits and no walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 scoreless innings to lead Houston past Washington in Palm Beach, Fla.

Chas McCormick went 3-for-4 as the Astros outhit the Nationals 12-6.

Kiebert Ruiz doubled for Washington.

Tigers 4, Blue Jays 1

Parker Meadows slammed a three-run homer in a four-run fourth inning as Detroit got all the runs it needed to beat host Toronto in Dunedin, Fla.

Jake Rogers went 2-for-2 with a double for Detroit.

The Blue Jays totaled three hits, 12 walks and five strikeouts against eight Tigers pitchers.

Cardinals 4, Mets 4

Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer for New York in a tie game with St. Louis in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Each team totaled six hits, including Errol Robinson's triple and Justin Toerner's double for the Cardinals.

Mets add RHP Dylan Bundy on minor league deal

Mets add RHP Dylan Bundy on minor league deal

Right-hander Dylan Bundy finally found a home, signing a minor league deal with the New York Mets on Saturday.

After he had his club option bought out by the Minnesota Twins this past offseason, Bundy went unsigned through spring training but now will be a starter in waiting for a veteran Mets staff.

Bundy, 30, went 8-8 with a 4.89 ERA in 29 starts for the Twins last season. In eight seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels and Twins, he is 54-65 with a 4.74 ERA in 190 outings (162 starts).

Bundy now will need time to build up his innings either at extended spring training or on a minor league assignment.

The Mets' staff has veterans like Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Carlos Carrasco and Jose Quintana, with Quintana out for most of the first half with a rib injury.

Report: A's sign reliever Jeurys Familia

Report: A's sign reliever Jeurys Familia

The Oakland Athletics and free-agent reliever Jeurys Familia agreed to a major league contract on Saturday, per a report.

The Arizona Diamondbacks released the right-hander on Friday, and Fan Sided reported that the A's were quick to sign him.

Familia, 33, was signed to a minor league deal by Arizona in January, with a stipulation that he could opt out if he was not named to the Opening Day roster by Saturday. He chose that option.

After struggling to a 6.09 ERA in a combined 48 outings with the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox last season, Familia was impressive this spring with a 1.35 ERA in eight Cactus League outings (6 2/3 innings).

This will be the second time through Oakland for Familia, who appeared in 30 games with the A's in 2018 and was 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA. He pitched nine-plus seasons with the New York Mets.

He has a career record of 34-28 with 125 saves and a 3.51 ERA in 547 outings (one start). He led the National League with 51 saves in 2016 when he was named to his only All-Star team.