CLEARWATER, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen got buzzed by Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon as a Sunday exhibition suddenly turned testy before the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Philadelphia 5-0.
Papelbon relieved to begin the fifth inning and retired the first two batters before squarely hitting Starling Marte. Neil Walker followed with a single and Papelbon’s first pitch to McCutchen was a high-and-tight fastball, sending the NL MVP spinning out of the batter’s box.
McCutchen glared at Papelbon, stepped back in and hit his second single of the game.
When the Phillies came to bat in the bottom half, Pirates reliever Bryan Morris drilled leadoff man Cody Asche in the body. Asche slung his bat aside and took his base.
Yankees (ss) 7, Marlins 0
PANAMA CITY — CC Sabathia pitched five hitless innings and the New York Yankees bounced back after getting no-hit a day earlier to beat the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins pitched a no-hitter Saturday in a 5-0 victory in the first game here to honor Rivera, baseball’s career saves leader. Miami had only one hit against five Yankees pitchers Sunday.
Yankees (ss) 7, Braves 4
TAMPA, Fla. — Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run and three hits over 4 1-3 innings in the New York Yankees’ win.
Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out six and walked two. The Japanese star gave up an RBI double to Tommy La Stella in the fourth.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left after two innings with a bruised left thumb in a precautionary move. He took a hard-hit ball off his hand while playing defense.
Mets (ss) 10, Cardinals 4
JUPITER, Fla. — Jonathon Niese lasted only two innings for a New York Mets split squad, leaving with a sore left elbow.
Niese will head back to New York for tests, the latest setback for the left-hander in what he described as “the spring training from hell.” He is expected to have an MRI exam Monday, and it’s unclear when he might pitch again.
Rays 8, Red Sox 4
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — David Price went 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and three hits, with seven strikeouts, as the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox.
Price will start opening day for the Rays.
James Loney went 3 for 4 with four RBI for the Rays and is now batting .409 this spring. David DeJesus went 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Ben Zobrist went 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI.
Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3, 10 innings
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Adam Jones singled and scored a run in his return to Baltimore’s lineup, but the Orioles lost to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jones, who left the team last Tuesday to fly to Baltimore to be with his wife for the birth of their first son on Wednesday, finished 1 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout.
Melky Cabrera drove in a run for the Blue Jays. Jonathan Diaz scored the game-winning run on a grounder by Josh Thole.