Thursday, May 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Burnett caught up in Phillies' spiral

SARASOTA — A.J. Burnett allowed six runs on seven hits in three innings for the Phillies, who are now 1-8-1 in spring training after a 15-4 loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez gave up four runs in one inning.

"We've got some work to do," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Just a lot of little things.

"The wind blowing, players unaware of it, bobbles on the infield, cutoff throws coming in — yeah, we've got a lot of work to do."

Burnett, who signed a one-year, $16 million contract last month, was tagged in a four-run third when 10 batters came to the plate.

"I felt like I put myself in good positions. I put myself in decent positions to put guys away," Burnett said.

Sandberg says Burnett will have to get better.

"He was a little erratic with a couple of breaking pitches he tried to get strikeouts on," Sandberg said.

"That's something he wants to get better at. Then it was rough after that."

Jays: Buehrle better

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle threw 45 pitches, struck out two and walked one in a 6-3 loss to the Rays.

The four-time AL All-Star said he has not felt better on the mound since last season.

"(Friday) was the best I've felt," he said. "I felt great.

"I was pounding the strike zone and felt like everything was working for me."

Injury watch: CF Colby Rasmus missed his fifth straight game with a sore neck. He expects to resume baseball activities today. … Manager John Gibbons said RHP J.A. Happ will miss a few more days because of back inflammation. "We forced him to shut it down," Gibbons said. "If you keep pushing it, you can aggravate it worse and next thing you know you're on the (disabled list)."

Yanks: Pineda solid

TAMPA — Yankees fifth-starter candidate Michael Pineda struck out four and gave up one hit over two shutout innings in his first spring start, a 3-2 victory over the Tigers.

Pineda missed the past two seasons because of a right shoulder injury that required surgery. He pitched the fifth and sixth innings, ending his outing by striking out Miguel Cabrera.

"Everything I've seen so far is positive," manager Joe Girardi said. "And I want it to continue to go that direction."

Going south: CC Sabathia will start the first of the two exhibitions in Panama against the Marlins. The star lefty said he is eager to see retired teammate Mariano Rivera, a native of Panama. "I know guys are going to ask him if he's going to pitch," Sabathia said. "It will be good to see him. "

Rivera has said he won't be getting on the mound when the teams play March 15-16.

Berra's wife dies: Carmen Berra, wife of Yankees great Yogi Berra, died in New Jersey's Essex County. She was 85.

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