Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Jays' Buehrle speeds around bumps, Rays

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle works quickly, and his manager likes it that way.

"Very few guys do it, but the guys that do it, they have success," John Gibbons said. "Good or bad, it's over fast."

Making his second spring start, Buehrle allowed one run and three hits in two innings Friday as the Jays beat the Rays 5-4 and won for the first time in five home games. Buehrle struck out two and walked two, finishing by retiring Sean Rodriguez on a flyout with the bases loaded.

"I know it's spring training and results don't matter as much, but I still like to get outs," Buehrle said. "I don't like getting hit around, giving up runs. It was a pride factor."

Buehrle wasn't proud to have walked Desmond Jennings twice. He did joke about his strikeouts of Rodriguez and Tim Beckham.

"A couple of guys thought they were changeups," he said. "No. That was my fastball."

Toronto took a 3-1 lead in the second on a two-run home run by Brett Lawrie and a solo shot by Ricardo Nanita.

Phils: Halladay happy

TAMPA — Phillies RHP Roy Halladay was feeling good about himself and his pitching after allowing one run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings during a 10-5 win over the Yankees.

Halladay is coming off an injury-plagued year in which he had his fewest wins (11) since 2004 and the second-worst ERA (4.49) of his career. He missed nearly two months because of a strained back muscle.

"I feel good right now the way I feel physically and conditioningwise," Halladay, 35, said. "Really, I think that is ahead of everything else, and it's a matter of just fine-tuning the pitches."

In a 44-pitch outing, he struck out three and walked one. He struck out Melky Mesa with the bases loaded and two out in the first. He left after allowing a double in the third to Francisco Cervelli.

"The big thing going forward is to get comfortable with my curveball and cutter," Halladay said.

Short hops: OF John Mayberry Jr. drove in three runs and SS Jimmy Rollins added two RBIs for the Phillies. … Closer Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs and two hits in the fifth.

Yanks: No big deal

TAMPA — Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, who reports say just received a significant offer from GM Brian Cashman, said his contract status is on his mind, though not a distraction.

Cano is in the final year of a $57 million, six-year deal and is eligible for free agency after the World Series. He declined to address the matter but did say: "It's never going to go out of your head. I don't want to be a distraction to the team. Just focus on playing baseball."

Short hops: The Yankees lost 10-5 to the Phillies, New York's seventh straight loss. The Yankees had four errors and gave up six unearned runs. New York has 13 errors in eight games. … RHP Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs, one earned, and three hits over 1 2/3 innings in his initial exhibition start. … 3B Kevin Youkilis returned after missing the previous three games because of left side soreness. He was charged with an error on a grounder, which led to two runs. He struck out and walked before leaving after three innings.

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