BRADENTON, Fla. — Clay Buchholz pitched three hitless innings, Mike Carp hit a long homer and the Boston Red Sox beat a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad 4-1 on Sunday.
Buchholz faced nine batters and got five outs on grounders. He walked one and struck out one.
Jackie Bradley Jr., trying to win the starting job in center field, gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the second by grounding a two-run single into right field.
In the third, Carp hit his second home run of the spring onto the boardwalk in right-center.
Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton worked the first three innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits.
Pittsburgh was hitless until the sixth, when Gregory Polanco led off with an infield single.
Yankees 3, Rays 3
TAMPA, Fla. — David Phelps boosted his bid to become the New York Yankees’ fifth starter, pitching five scoreless innings Sunday during a 3-3 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings.
Phelps, who gave up three hits and struck out one, is competing with Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the final rotation spot behind CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova.
The right-hander has been touched for two runs over 9 2-3 innings in three spring training starts.
Twins 1, Phillies 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joe Mauer drove in the game’s first run with a first-inning single, and four Minnesota Twins pitchers combined to two-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1-1 tie Sunday.
Mauer, who also flied out twice, is batting .250 through five spring games after making the full-time switch to first base.
The Phillies fell to 2-8-1 this spring, among the worst records in the majors.
A two-base throwing error by Twins third baseman Brandon Waring opened the door for the Phillies to tie the game in the eighth inning against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson.
Right-hander Sam Deduno, who is battling Gibson and several others for the final rotation sport, threw three innings of shutout relief.
Nationals 11, Cardinals 1
VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg overcame a shaky first inning and the Washington Nationals’ offense came up big again in an 11-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Making his second start of the spring, Strasburg walked two and gave up an RBI single to his first three batters before settling down. He went three innings, allowing two hits while throwing 28 of 48 pitches for strikes.
Anthony Rendon homered and Wilson Ramos had two hits and three RBIs for the Nationals, who have scored 27 runs in their last three games.
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