Spring training baseball
Red Sox 4, Tigers 4
World Series MVP Steve Pearce needed a trip home to find his swing.
The Lakeland High School product ended an 0-for-12 spring training start with two homers as the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers tied on Thursday at Lakeland, Fla.
"It just feels good to finally get a rhythm," Pearce said. "For my first couple games, the timing just wasn't there. I was kind of clueless at the plate. But now the last couple days it's starting to feel a lot better."
Pearce was given a Lakeland Dreadnaughts jersey with his number 5 on it by a fan. Pearce said the last time he probably homered in his hometown was in high school.
"Look in the stands and I'll see people I haven't seen in 15 years," Pearce said. "That's pretty cool."
Mets 1, Cardinals 1
Zack Wheeler continued an impressive spring for the Mets with 5 1/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball. Jeurys Familia added a scoreless inning, and left-hander Justin Wilson gave up a run on two hits in his inning of work. Jeff McNeil had three hits.
Michael Wacha threw five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks. Harrison Bader had two hits and three stolen bases, Jose Martinez had a triple and Yairo Munoz doubled and drove in a run.
Yankees 1, Blue Jays 1
Luis Cessa dropped his ERA to 0.69 with four scoreless innings for the Yankees. He struck out three and allowed two hits and a walk. Troy Tulowitzki went 1 for 2 with a walk.
Matt Shoemaker pitched one-run ball over 5 1/3 innings. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out three. Bo Bichette, Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales each doubled.
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