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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Domonic Brown hit his sixth homer of the spring, Kyle Kendrick threw six impressive innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Tuesday.


Derek Jeter was scratched from New York’s lineup for “precautionary” reasons because of stiffness in his surgically repaired left ankle, but the team captain could be back Wednesday.


Kendrick allowed one unearned run and two hits, striking out three. Brown continued his torrid hitting and has all-but-officially assured himself a starting spot in the outfield. Brown is hitting .397.


Ryan Howard hit his fifth homer of the spring.


Yankees lefty Boone Logan, who had been out with an elbow injury, struck out two in a scoreless inning in his first appearance this spring. New York starter Adam Warren allowed two runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings.


Blue Jays 10, Astros 6


DUNEDIN, Fla. — Mark Buehrle gave up four runs and eight hits over four innings in the Toronto Blue Jays’ win over the Houston Astros.


Brandon Barnes hit his fourth exhibition homer, a two-run shot during a four-run third off Buehrle. Houston opened the inning with five consecutive hits.


Rays 11, Tigers 5


LAKELAND, Fla. — Luke Scott hit a grand slam off Tigers starter Doug Fister to lead the Rays to an 11-5 win on Tuesday, raising his spring batting average to .375.


Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson got roughed up a bit, allowing three earned runs in six innings in his second official start of the spring.


Cardinals 5, Marlins 4


JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis starter Shelby Miller retiring the last 11 batters he faced in four scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins.


Miller allowed a hit and a walk. Joe Kelly, also competing for a rotation spot, wasn’t nearly as successful. The Marlins tagged him for eight hits and scored their only runs of the game in a four-run fourth.


Orioles 8, Red Sox 7


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Left-hander Brian Matusz, competing for a spot in Baltimore’s rotation, pitched five solid innings and the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox.


Matusz is among a number of contenders for the No. 5 spot. He allowed one run and six hits, striking out two and walking one.


Rockies 7, Royals 2


SURPRISE, Ariz. — Juan Nicasio pitched out of trouble in much of his five-inning outing, allowing only Mike Moustakas’ home run and leading the Colorado Rockies to a win over the Kansas City Royals.


Nicasio, who finished the past two seasons on the disabled list, threw 46 strikes in 80 pitches, walking three and striking out four. He gave up three hits and pitched out of jams in the fourth and fifth innings with two runners on and one out.


Yorvit Torrealba and D.J. LeMahieu had run-scoring singles in the Rockies’ three-run fifth inning. The other run scored on two-time Gold Glove left fielder Alex Gordon’s throwing error.


Padres 6, Diamondbacks 2


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Eric Stults pitched six solid innings for his best outing of spring training and hit a two-run single, leading the San Diego Padres to a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Stults, a left-hander who is projected for a spot in the Padres’ rotation, gave up four hits. He yielded just one hit in the first four innings before the Diamondbacks rallied in the fifth.


Reds 10, White Sox 6


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Chris Heisey and Jay Bruce hit consecutive home runs and the Cincinnati Reds tagged John Danks and the Chicago White Sox.


Brandon Phillips singled twice in his first game since returning to the Reds from the World Baseball Classic. Cincinnati roughed up Danks for 10 runs on 11 hits and two walks in 3 1-3 innings.


Cubs 5, Rangers 4


MESA, Ariz. — Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney each homered off Alexi Ogando and the Chicago Cubs beat the Texas Rangers.


Johan Yan walked Wellington Castillo before Soriano hit his third long ball of spring training in the first inning. Anthony Rizzo added a sacrifice fly in the first.


Barney homered with one out in the second.


Brewers 6, Angels 1


PHOENIX — In a game where balls and strikes were briefly called from behind the pitcher’s mound after an umpire was injured, Albert Pujols made his spring debut at first base for the Los Angeles Angels in a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.


Pujols played the field for the first time since offseason surgery on his right knee. The slugger went 0 for 2.


Rickie Weeks, Aramis Ramirez and Sean Halton homered for the Brewers.


Dodgers 7, Athletics 1


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Yasiel Puig had a two-run homer and a triple among his four hits, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a victory over the Oakland Athletics.


The 22-year-old Cuban outfielder who signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers in July homered in the first — his third of spring training — a towering shot over fellow Cuban and A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.


Puig singled in the third and fifth — he was thrown out at second on a throw from Cespedes in the fifth. He tripled to left field in the seventh.


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