Spring training baseball

George Springer of the Astros connects for a three-run homer in Wednesday's spring training game against the Blue Jays at Dunedin, Fla. Springer, the former UConn star, homered twice and drove in five runs as the Astros won 10-1.
George Springer of the Astros connects for a three-run homer in Wednesday's spring training game against the Blue Jays at Dunedin, Fla. Springer, the former UConn star, homered twice and drove in five runs as the Astros won 10-1. Matt Slocum/AP photo

Orioles (ss) 5, Red Sox 3

Chris Davis hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to lead Baltimore to its fifth straight win to start spring training, beating Boston Wednesday night at Sarasota, Fla.

It's the first time Baltimore, which was using a split-squad against the Red Sox, has won its first five in spring since 2001.

Chris Tillman allowed a hit and two walks in 1 2-3 innings for the Orioles.

Boston brought most of its regulars, but third baseman Will Middlebrooks had a scary moment in the first inning when he appeared to injure his right wrist after swinging at a pitch from Tillman. Middlebrooks, who broke the wrist last Aug. 10, left the game, but said it was a precaution and that he was fine.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has left the team for a few days to return to the Dominican Republic for a personal matter. Boston manager John Farrell said that Ortiz, who has yet to play this spring training, should be back by Friday. Farrell declined to say what Ortiz's personal matter was.

Orioles (ss) 10, Yankees 7

Brett Gardner had a three-run triple in New York's loss to a Baltimore split squad at Tampa, Fla.

Gardner tripled off T.J. McFarland in a four-run second that cut the Yankees' deficit to 7-4. After missing most of last season because of a strained right elbow that required surgery, the speedy Gardner could become a key this season for the Yankees' offense.

New York hit a team-record 245 homers last year but Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez, Russell Martin and Eric Chavez left as free agents, and Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson will start the season on the disabled list. Just two Yankees on the projected opening-day roster, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano, topped 20 homers last season.

Steve Pearce, bidding for a backup role with the Orioles, had two hits and three RBIs. Pearce had an RBI double off Nik Turley during a five-run first, then hit a two-run single that made it 7-0 in the second.

Cardinals 12, Mets 4

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double in a four-run third inning, Yadier Molina and John Jay added RBI doubles in the fourth and St. Louis routed New York at Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The starters in the top five slots in the Cardinals' batting order combined to hit 5-for-10 with four doubles and seven RBIs, and St. Louis finished with 14 hits.

Mets scheduled starter Zack Wheeler was scratched because of a mild oblique strain sustained while swinging a bat in the cage during pregame workouts. Starter Darin Gorski allowed four runs, three hits and three walks in two-plus innings.

The 22-year-old Wheeler says the side muscle was stiff, and he doesn't believe it's anything serious. This would have been Wheeler's second spring outing. He tossed two scoreless innings in relief Saturday, reaching the mid-90s on the speed gun with his pitches.

Wheeler was excited to face outfielder Beltran for the first time. Wheeler was the key acquisition for the Mets in the deal that sent Beltran, the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year, to the San Francisco Giants in 2011.

Astros 10, Blue Jays 1

Houston outfield prospect George Springer, the former UConn star, impressed during his first start in big league spring training camp.

Springer hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Jeffress in the fourth inning and a two-run drive against Claudio Vargas in the fifth, helping the Astros over Toronto at Dunedin, Fla.

Sausage, base-runner at Brewers games, gone

Missing: 7-foot Italian sausage wearing a chef's hat and a bow tie.

Guido, one of the Milwaukee Brewers' base-running sausages, is nowhere to be found after it was last seen hanging out in bars.

Someone wearing the Klement's Racing Italian Sausage costume recently posed with patrons at the Milwaukee Curling Club in Cedarburg. The 7-foot-long, $3,000 costume was in a backroom at the bar during a Feb. 16 fundraiser. Someone saw the sausage walk out the door that evening and, according to the Journal Sentinel newspaper, it hit two more bars that night but hasn't been seen since.

The costume is owned by Milwaukee-based sausage company Klement's. The Racing Sausages, including the Bratwurst, the Polish Sausage, the Hot Dog and the Chorizo, are a popular sight running bases at Brewers home games. The costumes are available for rent.

Cedarburg police Detective Jeff Vahsholtz tells the Journal Sentinel that police are interviewing bar patrons and looking for the costume.

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