Donaldson, Buehrle lead Blue Jays past Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Josh Donaldson homered and Mark Buehrle threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 Saturday. Buehrle worked around two straight singles by the Phillies to open the game. Blue Jays pitchers then combined to retire 18 consecutive hitters until Darin Ruf’s[…]

A-Rod 1 for 2 in return from drug ban as Phils top Yanks 3-1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez walked from the batter’s box to home plate in the bottom of the first inning, eye black smeared across his face, and said hello to Philadelphia catcher Tommy Joseph, who was just 1 when A-Rod was taken first in the 1993 amateur draft. Then he turned his head and[…]

Howard gets 2 hits in spring opener; Phils tie Yanks 5-5

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Newly trim Ryan Howard singled in his first two at-bats of spring training, and the Philadelphia Phillies tied the New York Yankees 5-5 Wednesday in their spring training opener. On a warm, sun-splashed day on the west side of Tampa Bay, the scoreboard said it was 92 degrees at game time[…]

A-Rod says he’ll be “a little nervous’ in return Wednesday

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez predicts he’ll be “a little nervous” when he returns to the field Wednesday for his first game in 17 months following a season-long drug suspension. The three-time AL MVP, who turns 40 in July, skipped the New York Yankees’ spring training opener Tuesday against Philadelphia in Clearwater. He is[…]