SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Arizona ace Zack Greinke's start against Cincinnati was cut short Wednesday after one inning because of right groin tightness.

Greinke had been scheduled to throw five innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner retired Ben Revere on a groundout, allowed Jesse Winkler's single, then struck out Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett.

Albert Suarez relieved to start the second.

Greinke was making his just second big league exhibition appearance this year. The 34-year-old right-hander pitched 1 2/3 innings against Milwaukee on Feb. 25, then made a pair of appearances in "B'' games.


Chris Sale pitched five shutout innings of two-hit ball and struck out seven, lowering his ERA to 1.00. Mitch Moreland homered in the third off Tyler Duffey, who gave up two runs — one earned — and four hits in three innings. Mookie Betts, batting .130, singled and drove in a run. Miguel Sano doubled.


Adam Wainwright allowed one run and four hits in five innings to outpitch Houston's Justin Verlander, who gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings. A day after his spring training debut, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off Verlander. Carpenter had been sidelined by a back strain. Max Stassi doubled for the only extra-base hit off Wainwright.


Dan Straily allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. Christhian Adames tripled and raised his batting average to .318. Miguel Rojas, Adames competition at shortstop, had two hits and his batting .226. Mets starter Steven Matz allowed two runs, three hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits.


Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop off Chance Adams, who gave up five runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings. Baltimore's Miguel Castro allowed four runs, four hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Colby Rasmus doubled twice. Wade LeBlanc allowed one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings for New York, and Erik Kratz homered.


Atlanta's Julio Teheran allowed two runs and six hits, including Jorge Alfaro's homer, in six innings. Phillies starter Ben Lively gave up three runs and four hits in five innings. Preston Tucker doubled and hit his first home run. Fernando Abad got just one out, allowing two runs and two hits. He has a 135.00 ERA.


Rays starter Yonny Chirinos struck out six over three innings, allowing one run and three hits. Micah Johnson homered, stole a base and scored twice. Ivan Nova gave up( three runs and six hits in five innings.


Ian Kennedy allowed just one run and two hits, with two walks and three strikeouts, in the start for the Royals. However, Wily Peralta walked two and gave up four runs on four hits in just an inning of relief. Frank Schwindel doubled and hit a home run to drive in three runs.

Alec Mills worked two, one-hit innings in the start for the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo singled and drove in three runs and Jacob Hannemann had two hits and scored three runs.


Jhoulys Chacin did not give up an earned run over his 4 2/3 innings as the Brewers starter, lowering his spring ERA to 0.87. Ryan Braun homered off White Sox starter Carson Fulmer in each of the first two innings and Travis Shaw also went deep in the second as the Brewers finished with five home runs.

Fulmer lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs and five hits with three walks. Matt Skole had the White Sox's only extra-base hit, a double off Yovani Gallardo.


Corey Kluber, the 2017 Cy Young Award winner, had a one-hitter through five innings and the Indians used five pitchers to shut out the Angels. Brandon Barnes hit his second home run. The Angels' Matt Shoemaker gave up just two hits in five innings, and the one run he surrendered came on a home run by Tyler Naquin. Cam Bedrosian, son of former major league closer Steve Bedrosian, walked two and struck out a pair in an inning of relief. Eric Young Jr. doubled.


Arizona managed just one extra-base hit, a double by David Peralta. Robert Stephenson lasted two innings in the start for the Reds, giving up three runs on five hits. Scott Schebler and Tucker Barnhart both homered.


Ichiro Suzuki started in left field for the Mariners but left with a tight right calf before his scheduled leadoff spot came up. Shortstop Jean Segura exited after the third inning with hamstring tightness. Starter James Paxton struck out the side in the first inning and finished with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Evan Longoria's first at-bat in a week was a double off the right-center field wall for the Giants and he later scored. Mac Williamson got his 14th spring RBI.


Enrique Hernandez hit a three-run homer for his third of the spring and added a two-run double to give him 12 RBIs. Colorado starter Jon Gray allowed five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings for his second straight rough outing, pushing his ERA to 10.22.

Yankees' Walker gets 2 doubles in minor league camp game

TAMPA, Fla. — Neil Walker doubled twice in four at-bats in his first game action since signing Monday with the New York Yankees.

The switch-hitting second baseman hit twice from each side and doubled both right-handed and left-handed in a minor league camp game Wednesday.

"It was a quality day," Walker said. "I hit a couple balls hard. That's as much as you can ask for given where we're starting from. Hopefully that's a sign of my timing coming together pretty quickly."

Walker is to take part in a simulated game Thursday and appear in his first big league spring training game Friday against Houston.

Walker played four innings at third and two more at first.

"It's something that's more natural to me," Walker said of playing second base.

The free-agent infielder agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract, a 77 percent pay cut. Walker earned $17.2 million last season, when he accepted a qualifying offer from the New York Mets.

Walker can make $500,000 in performance bonuses: $125,000 each for 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances.

The 32-year-old hit .265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last year for the Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, who acquired him in a trade Aug. 12

"Regardless of any situation in the past, I can't let any of this stuff affect me," Walker said. "This is too good of a situation. This offseason was what it is. So, it's the past. My focus is on helping this team in whatever way I can."

Notes: The Yankees released 1B Adam Lind from his minor league contract, and Miguel Andujar played first in the same game as Walker. Andujar has been competing with favorite Brandon Drury for the starting third-base role. ... OF Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) tracked 15 pitches in a simulated game and did on-field conditioning. ... Former Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was at the minor league camp as a guest instructor.

Actor Jim Caviezel portrays Royals coach in team photo

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Actor Jim Caviezel has played Jesus and golfer Bobby Jones on the big screen. On Wednesday, he portrayed Kansas City Royals bench coach Dale Sveum.

Sveum had a medical appointment for his stiff neck and missed the photo shoot, so Caviezel stood in for him.

"That way we can Photoshop the head with Dale in there," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Emily Penning, executive assistant to the general manager, was the "director" of the staff shot.

"And Emily was going, 'Jesus you need to move back a little bit. Jesus, we're glad you're here,'" Yost said. "(Caviezel replied), 'Yeah, you're really going to need me this year.'"

Caviezel, who also starred in the TV series "Person of Interest" and is best known for playing Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ," said it "was funny" to be in the Royals' photo.

"I think it's more humbling for me to pop into a picture and impersonate some guy," Caviezel said. "I enjoyed it, just getting into a team photo. How many times would you ever be on a MLB field?"

Caviezel is in camp at the invitation of friend Mike Sweeney, a former Royals player who is in the team's front office. The club had a private pre-screening of Caviezel's latest movie, "Paul, Apostle of Christ," which opens nationwide next week.

Caviezel took batting practice with Sweeney pitching. When the round ended, Caviezel was standing around.

"Jimmy, you've got to get the balls," Sweeney barked jokingly. "If you're going to hit, you've got to pick them up."

Caviezel began retrieving the balls that barely made it out of the hitting cage.

Caviezel used his phone to take pictures of himself, wearing a Royals' No. 33 uniform.

"Look, Jesus is over there taking selfies," Yost said, laughing.

Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy got out of a bases loaded jam in the third by allowing just one run against the Chicago Cubs on an Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly.

"Jesus was in our dugout, watching over us a little bit," Kennedy said.

Brewers' Vogt won't be ready for opener; Braun hits 2 HRs

PHOENIX — Milwaukee Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt will not be ready for the season opener because of a shoulder strain.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday a second opinion revealed confirmed an initial diagnosis of a strained capsule.

The Brewers start the regular season on March 29 in San Diego.

"We're just going to have to go a little slower. We've got to get him pain-free before he can start throwing," Counsell said.

Manny Pina and Jett Bandy are the two other catchers on the major-league roster, and catcher Christian Bethancourt is in camp. The 30-year-old Pina is the starter after making 83 starts and appearing in 107 games last season.

Vogt would not be used as a designated hitter while he is recovering from his injury.

"But there's no rush with the hitting. We think by the time he starts throwing and hitting, he will have plenty of at-bats," Counsell said.

Ryan Braun had a productive day at the plate while starting at first base during an 11-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. He had two home runs and five RBIs, including a second-inning grand slam.

"The only thing I've tried to do all spring is not strike out. I only struck out once in 20 at-bats (19 plate appearances). I'm in a good place," Braun said.

A left fielder getting time at first base this spring, Braun said that he might also get some time in right over the last couple weeks of spring training. Braun played right field regularly in 2014-15.

"Might as well do it while we're here," Braun said about right field.

The Brewers also announced on Wednesday that right-hander Aaron Wilkerson has been optioned to the team's minor-league camp. Wilkerson was 1-1 with an 8.22 ERA in five spring games.

Braves' Teheran hopes for fifth straight opening-day start

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Julio Teheran is lined up to make his fifth straight opening-day start for the Atlanta Braves.

"I've been there the last four years, and that's a spot I want to be my whole career," the 27-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after pitching five innings in a 5-3 exhibition win over Philadelphia. "To be there, you've got to gain that spot. I'm working to show them I can be that guy and that I can represent."

Teheran is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings during spring training. He was 11-13 with a 4.49 ERA last season, almost a run above his 3.59 career ERA.

Mike Foltynewicz, Brandon McCarthy and left-hander Sean Newcomb are the other pitchers projected to be in the rotation.

Teheran is 1-1 with two no-decisions on opening day. He pitched six shutout innings last year in a 6-0 loss to the New York Mets.

"I don't know if I'm going to be that guy again, but it would be a great honor again," he said after giving up his first two runs of the exhibition season. "I'll just concentrate on what I'm going to be working on."

He hit two batters with runners on base.

"I didn't think he was as sharp as he has been," manager Brian Snitker said. "But his intensity was a little more than a spring training game. He was really working on stuff and competing really well."

Teheran gave up a long home run to Jorge Alfaro. He will get two more spring training starts before the March 29 opener at home against Philadelphia. In the first season of Sun Trust Park, Teheran was 3-10 with a 5.86 ERA, down from 8-3 with a 3.14 ERA on the road.

"I've heard the explanation that it was the new ballpark," Teheran said, "but that's something that was last year. I'm not thinking about that anymore. Hopefully I'll do just as well at home this year."

Bundy, Orioles agree to $1.64M, 1-year contract

SARASOTA, Fla. — Right-hander Dylan Bundy has agreed to a $1.64 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, the same as his salary last year.

Bundy is in an usual situation because he was in the last class allowed to sign major league contracts directly from the amateur draft and made his major league debut in 2012, but does not have enough service time to be eligible for salary arbitration.

He had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and did not return to the major leagues until 2016, when he was 10-6 with a 4.02 ERA. After agreeing to a $6.25 million, five-year contract that ran through 2016, Bundy had a split contract last year calling for $1.64 million in the majors and $500,000 in the minors. He went 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA.

The 25-year-old was the fourth overall pick in 2011. He is on track to be eligible for arbitration next winter.

In other moves Wednesday, the Orioles optioned outfielder Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned infielder and left-hander Ruben Tejada to their minor league camp.

Dodgers renew contracts of rookies of year Bellinger, Seager

The Los Angeles Dodgers have renewed the contracts of 2017 NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger for $585,000 and of 2016 NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager for $605,000.

The NL champions gave Bellinger a $233,900 salary in the minor leagues in the unlikely event the first baseman is sent down. Seager's minor league salary under the renewal is $287,500.

Bellinger made his big league debut last April 25 and hit .267 with an NL rookie-record 39 homers and a team-high 97 RBIs. He will not be eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2019 season.

Seager's contract also was renewed by the Dodgers last year, when the shortstop earned $575,000. He hit .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs. He will be eligible for arbitration next winter.

Los Angeles also renewed the contracts of outfielder Chris Taylor ($575,000/$254,100) and catcher Austin Barnes ($555,000/$270,000).

The Dodgers reached agreements with third baseman Kyle Farmer ($547,500/$88,900); outfielders Andre Toles ($555,000,$270,000) and Alex Verdugo ($547,500/$88,900); right-handers Ross Stripling ($555,000/$256,100), Dylan Baker ($547,500/$88,900) and Wilmer Font ($550,000/$88,900); and left-handers Scott Alexander ($555,000/$258,100) and Adam Liberatore ($565,000/$247,400).

Marlins' Martin Prado to begin season on disabled list

MIAMI — The Marlins say third baseman Martin Prado will begin the season on the disabled list while he recovers from right knee surgery.

Hamstring and knee injuries limited Prado to 37 games last year, and while he has been working out, he has yet to play in spring training. Brian Anderson, who played in 25 games as a rookie last year and batted .262, is expected to start at third on opening day.

Prado, 34, is a career .291 hitter but hasn't played since July 17.

Schwarber gets $604,500 salary in deal with Cubs

MESA, Ariz. — Kyle Schwarber has a $604,500 salary in the major leagues as part of the one-year contract the Chicago Cubs announced last weekend.

The outfielder's salary would drop to $271,150 while in the minor leagues as part of the split contract. It represents a slight raise from last year, when his contract was for $565,500 in the majors and $261,000 in the minors. Schwarber is on track to be eligible for salary arbitration next winter.

He missed most of the 2016 season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament during an outfield collision with teammate Dexter Fowler. Schwarber returned for the World Series and helped the Cubs win their first title since 1908.

Schwarber slumped to a .211 average with 30 homers and 59 RBIs last year and was demoted to the minors for 11 games in late June and early July. He earned $542,205.

De Leon 2nd Rays prospect to have Tommy John surgery

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Right-hander Jose De Leon has become the second Tampa Bay Rays' pitching prospect in less than a month to have Tommy John surgery.

De Leon's torn ulnar collateral ligament was repaired Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews, the team said Wednesday.

The 25-year-old made a pair of one-inning appearances in spring training this year, on Feb. 26 and March 3.

Right-hander Brent Honeywell, the MVP of last year's All-Star Futures Game, was hurt pitching batting practice on Feb. 22 and tweeted on Feb. 28 that he had undergone Tommy John surgery with Andrews.

Extra innings to start with runner at 2nd base in minors

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Extra innings throughout the minor leagues will start with a runner at second base.

In addition, the pitch clock that began at Triple-A and Double-A in 2015 will be lowered from 20 seconds to 15 when there are no runners on base, the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues said Wednesday. The timer will remain at 20 seconds with runners on.

"We believe these changes to extra innings will enhance the fans' enjoyment of the game and will become something that the fans will look forward to on nights where the game is tied late in the contest," NAPBL President Pat O'Conner said in a statement.

"Player safety has been an area of growing concern for our partners at the Major League Baseball level, and the impact that lengthy extra innings games has on pitchers, position players and an entire organization was something that needed to be addressed."

The runner at second will be the batter in the order prior to that inning's leadoff hitter, and players removed from the game will be ineligible to return. A runner who starts an extra inning at second shall be counted as reaching on an error for purposes of determining earned runs, but no errors shall be charged.

Major League Baseball had hoped to have a similar rule for spring training and starting in the 11th inning of the All-Star Game but was stymied by the Major League Baseball Players Association, which refused to agree.

New limits on mound visits without pitching changes also will be added, the minor league governing body said. The maximum will be six by managers, coaches or players at Triple-A, eight at Double-A and 10 at full-season Class A. There will not be any limits at short-season Class A or rookie leagues.

An additional visit will be added for each extra inning. A team with no more remaining mound visits may ask the plate umpire for additional trips to deal with crossed-up pitch signals.

A pitcher must start his windup or be in the set position before the timer expires, and batters must be in the batter's box and alert to the pitcher with at least 7 seconds remaining.

The first 15 days of the season will be a grace period, but starting April 20 violations will be penalized with balls against pitchers and strikes against batters.

"We feel that limiting mound visits and decreasing the amount of time between pitches with no runners on base will further improve the pace of play and make it a more enjoyable experience for our fans," O'Conner said.

The average time of a nine-inning game in the minor leagues dropped from 2 hours, 49 minutes in 2014 to 2:43 the following year. It rose to 2:45 in 2016 and 2:29 last year.

The Class A Florida State League experimented with a 15-second pitch clock in all situations the past two years, and its average time for a nine-inning game dropped from 2:41 in 2015 to 2:35 the following season before rising to 2:38 last year. It plans on continuing the experience this year.

MLB announced on Feb. 19 that there will be a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player. The players' union agreed not to challenge MLB's decision to institute the rule.

The average time of a nine-inning game in the majors was a record 3:05 last season, up from 2:46 in 2005.

All Times EDT


W L Pct.

Houston 13 6 0.684

Cleveland 12 7 0.632

New York 11 7 0.611

Baltimore 12 8 0.600

Oakland 9 7 0.563

Boston 10 8 0.556

Minnesota 9 8 0.529

Chicago 9 9 0.500

Kansas City 9 10 0.474

Toronto 9 10 0.474

Tampa Bay 8 10 0.444

Los Angeles 9 12 0.429

Detroit 7 10 0.412

Seattle 7 12 0.368

Texas 6 12 0.333


W L Pct.

Milwaukee 13 6 0.684

Chicago 12 6 0.667

Miami 11 6 0.647

Los Angeles 11 8 0.579

St. Louis 9 8 0.529

San Diego 9 8 0.529

Washington 9 8 0.529

San Francisco 10 9 0.526

Arizona 10 9 0.526

Atlanta 9 10 0.474

Colorado 8 11 0.421

Philadelphia 8 12 0.400

Pittsburgh 6 11 0.353

Cincinnati 6 14 0.300

New York 5 14 0.263


Wednesday's Games

Boston 2, Minnesota 1

Miami 5, N.Y. Mets 1

Baltimore 7, N.Y. Yankees 4

Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 3

St. Louis 3, Houston 1

Tampa Bay 9, Pittsburgh 3

Kansas City 7, Chicago Cubs 6

Milwaukee 11, Chicago White Sox 3

Cleveland 7, L.A. Angels 0

Arizona 7, Cincinnati 3

Seattle 5, San Francisco 4

L.A. Dodgers 11, Colorado 6

Thursday's Games

Baltimore vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Houston vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Arizona vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (ss) vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Angels (ss) at Tempe, Ariz., 9:10 p.m.

San Francisco vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 9:40 p.m.

Seattle vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

Friday's Games

Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. St. Louis (ss) at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (ss) vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis (ss) vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Philadelphia (ss) at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Minnesota (ss) vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Houston vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 6:35 p.m.