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Phillies center fielder Ben Revere, left, celebrates with teammate Bobby Abreu after scoring during the first inning of an exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla.
Phillies center fielder Ben Revere, left, celebrates with teammate Bobby Abreu after scoring during the first inning of an exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday in Clearwater, Fla.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw was rocked for three runs on five hits in two innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 Wednesday in the teams’ spring training opener.


Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner with a new seven-year, $215 million contract, struck out two and walked one. He gave up three extra-base hits, including A.J. Pollock’s RBI triple and Martin Prado’s run-scoring double.


Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 with an RBI double for the Dodgers.


The teams met for the first time since the Dodgers beat Arizona to clinch the NL West last year, annoying the Diamondbacks by celebrating in the Chase Field swimming pool.


Blue Jays 4, Phillies 3, 7 innings


CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jose Bautista hit a long home run off Roberto Hernandez three batters into the game for Toronto in a rain-shortened spring training opener for both teams.


Bautista’s home run landed outside of the ballpark at Bright House Field. The game was called in the middle of the seventh inning.


Bautista, who missed the last six weeks of the season with a hip injury, was 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored.


Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd each had run-scoring singles off former Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first.


Pirates 6, Yankees 5


BRADENTON, Fla. — Jacoby Ellsbury reached base in all three plate appearances of his New York Yankees’ spring training debut, scoring twice.


Ellsbury, who left World Series champion Boston for a $153 million, seven-year contract with New York, walked twice and had an infield single in the exhibition opener. He was on base in the second inning when Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run homer off Edinson Volquez.


Pittsburgh trailed 4-0 but scored twice in the second and four times in the seventh, when Tony Sanchez hit a tying three-run homer against Chase Whitley. Chris McGuiness had a go-ahead single that drove in former-Yankee Chris Dickerson.


Tigers 6, Braves 5, 8½ innings


KISSIMMEE, Fla. — In a spring training game that ended with neither team sure who won, the Detroit Tigers were awarded the victory in a rain-shortened exhibition Wednesday.


Hernan Perez hit a two-run, two-out single in the top of the ninth inning that put the Tigers ahead.


The game was stopped with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with a Braves runner on first base, and it never resumed.


During the regular season, the game would have been suspended and completed later. The Braves asked the Elias Sports Bureau for a ruling — with no resumption in sight, the Braves said Elias told them Detroit was declared the winner.


Neither manager questioned the decision, either.


Athletics 10, Giants 5


SCOTSDALE, Ariz. — Josh Reddick made two highlight-reel catches to take away homers from Mike Morse.


Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt each drove in two runs during a six-run fourth inning against San Francisco closer Sergio Romo in Oakland’s Cactus League opener win.


Yoenis Cespedes also drove in two runs as the A’s won their first spring opener in three years and their second in 10 years. Josh Reddick, Alberto Callapso, John Jaso and Michael Taylor also drove in runs. Sam Fuld and Nick Punto each added two hits.


Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for the Giants. Yusmeiro Petit took the loss, allowing four runs — three earned — on five hits in one inning.


Reds 8, Indians 3


GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Bryan Price won in his managerial debut, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto singled home runs, and Cincinnati beat Cleveland.


Price was elevated from pitching coach to manager when the Reds fired Dusty Baker after last season despite their third playoff appearance in four years. Price managed a game for the first time at any level.


Chris Heisey hit a two-run homer and a double in the spring training opener for both Ohio teams. Ludwick has recovered from a shoulder injury that cost him most of last season and limited him after his return.


Billy Hamilton, who stole 13 bases for the Reds last September, drew a walk and stole a base as the Reds leadoff hitter.

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