Spring training baseball
Marlins 8, Mets 8, tie
Matt Harvey didn't mind that it felt more like he was pitching in New York than in Florida.
Harvey, the former Fitch High School star, gave up a leadoff homerun to Marlins prospect Christian Yelich before settling down to strike out four in 2 2-3 innings, and the New York Mets and Miami tied on Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
"It was a little cold, a little tough getting a grip on the ball, but I have to get used to it," Harvey said on a day when temperatures hovered in the upper 50s and low 60s. "I did a lot of good things, did a lot of bad things. Still have some work to do, but other than that, everything feels good."
Harvey allowed one run, three hits and walked one. He immediately settled in after Yelich's home run, retiring five in a row - including three strikeouts.
"Obviously, the competitive edge doesn't want to give up any hits or runs or anything like that, but at the same time it's throwing some pitches I wouldn't throw in certain counts and I think in the third inning I kind of backed up some changeups there," Harvey said.
Mets right fielder Lucas Duda homered and had two hits, one day after being scratched from the lineup for an undisclosed medial issue.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says Johan Santana is becoming "less and less likely" to be ready for the team's opener against San Diego on April 1.
Santana was scheduled to throw batting practice Tuesday, but pitching coach Dan Warthen said Saturday that the session had been canceled. Santana remains on a long-toss program and likely will throw from 150 feet Sunday.
Yankees 10, Tigers (ss) 3
Ivan Nova turned his game plan into a successful first start.
Nova allowed an infield single over two scoreless innings and New York stopped a seven-game losing streak by beating a Detroit split squad at Tampa, Fla.
"I'm concentrating on attacking the strike zone, and I did it," Nova said. "That's what I've got to do, attack the strike zone and then my team will do the rest."
Trying to make the rotation after faltering down the stretch last season, Nova struck out one during an outing in which he threw 22 of 27 pitches for strikes. The right-hander went 12-8 with a 5.02 ERA last year, down from 16-4 the year before.
"I thought his fastball command was really good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Pleased with where he was at in his first start. He needs to build on it. When you struggle, a lot of times it's difficult and you have to find a way to fight through that. When he's consistent, he's dynamite."
New York's Brett Gardner had two singles, and has at least one hit in all six of his spring training games this year.
Red Sox 2, Twins 1
Justin Morneau homered in his final game with Minnesota before leaving for the World Baseball Classic, but the Twins lost to Boston at Fort Myers, Fla. Juan Carlos Linares went deep for Boston off starter Kyle Gibson, and the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Jonathan Diaz scored on Ryan Sweeney's single.
Linares has yet to play in the major leagues.
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