Red Sox 7, Phillies 6
Red Sox rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. has impressed plenty of people this spring. Cliff Lee was no different.
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hit back-to-back home runs for the second consecutive day, but Bradley and Boston touched up Lee in a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday at Clearwater, Fla.
Bradley hit a three-run homer in the second inning and finished with four RBIs. He had a sacrifice fly in the third as Boston scored three more times off Lee, the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner.
"It feels good," Bradley said. "He's a very great pitcher and I'm just trying to stick with my approach and get something good to swing at."
Bradley continued his spirited play in his first major league camp. The 40th overall pick in the 2011 draft, he is batting .423 (22 for 52) with two homers, four doubles and nine RBIs in 23 games this spring.
Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was removed before the bottom of the second inning as a precaution after jamming his right heel on a pickoff play at first base.
"It's going to be good. It just got a little tight, but it's nothing of a concern," Ellsbury said.
Tigers 9, Mets (ss) 4
Doug Fister pitched into the fifth inning and Austin Jackson had two extra-base hits for Detroit in a victory over a New York Mets split squad at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Don Kelly hit a two-run homer off Mets reliever Brandon Lyon in a five-run seventh that gave Detroit a 9-2 lead. Jackson had an RBI triple in the inning to go with his run-scoring double in the fourth.
Mystic's Matt Harvey went five innings for the Mets, allowing four runs - three earned - and five hits. Minor league center fielder Matt den Dekker broke his right wrist trying to make a leaping catch.
The Mets said X-rays revealed a broken right wrist for den Dekker, who was headed to New York. An upper-level minor leaguer with strong defensive skills, he made a highlight-reel catch earlier in the game.
Harvey opened the game by striking out Jackson, Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera. The AL champion Tigers, on a two-day swing to the east coast of Florida, brought their regulars on the trip.
Harvey finished with five strikeouts and three walks. In his final inning, he struck out Prince Fielder looking and induced a double-play ball off the bat of Victor Martinez after an error by shortstop Omar Quintanilla to open the inning.
"I was kind of feeling for everything today. Everything felt good, and I tried to do a little bit too much," Harvey said.
He credited catcher John Buck with settling him down.
"He did a great job picking up on that. That's the veteran and what he brings to the table. Everything clicked toward the end," Harvey said. "That fifth inning is what I wanted to do from the beginning."
Yanks on verge of getting Wells
Vernon Wells is on the verge of becoming the latest addition to the New York Yankees' injury-depleted lineup.
New York neared an agreement with the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday to acquire the 34-year-old outfielder, who has slumped since hitting 32 homers with 106 RBIs for Toronto in 2006.
A person familiar with the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing, said the sides were bargaining over the money that would be included in a trade. Wells is owed $42 million over the next two seasons, and the Yankees anticipated they would end up being responsible for about $12 million to $13 million of that total.
Wells would take over in left field while Granderson is recovering from a broken right forearm and join an outfield that includes center fielder Brett Gardner and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. Wells is owed $21 million in each of the next two seasons as part of the $126 million, seven-year contract he agreed to with Toronto in December 2006.
Jeter expected to be put on DL
Derek Jeter will likely join Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the New York Yankees' star-studded disabled list for the season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 1.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it's "more likely than not" Jeter will start on the DL because of a sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October.
The 38-year-old, who has repeatedly vowed to be ready for opening day, played in his first big league spring training game on March 9 as a designated hitter. He returned to shortstop four days later, then played consecutive games on March 15 and 16 before inflammation kept him out of the lineup.
He received an anti-inflammatory injection Wednesday and had four at-bats as a DH Saturday in a minor league exhibition game.
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