Twin Beat Yankees,Tie Orioles
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mark Teixeira had an RBI single during a three-run first inning in the New York Yankees' 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins Friday in a split-squad game.
The first baseman had surgery to repair the tendon sheath in his right wrist last July. He was injured in early March preparing for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA. After returning May 31, Teixeira's season ended June 15 when he took himself out of a game against the Los Angeles Angels.
Teixeira went 1 for 2 with a walk Friday, and the switch-hitter is 2 for 12 overall.
Brian Roberts hit a run-scoring double in the first off rotation candidate Kyle Gibson, who allowed three runs and three hits over four innings.
David Phelps gave up two runs and five hits, including a long homer to Brian Dozier, in four innings for the Yankees.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen pitched four innings of three-hit ball, Henry Urrutia homered and the Baltimore Orioles tied a Minnesota Twins' split squad 2-2 Friday.
Brandon Waring hit a two-out homer in the ninth off Troy Patton to knot the score. Patton will serve a 25-game suspension at the start of the season after a positive test for a banned amphetamine.
Chen gave up one run, walked one and struck out three. He's got a 2.00 ERA in three outings this spring training.
Tommy Hunter, poised to take over for Jim Johnson as Baltimore's closer, worked a perfect fifth inning with a strikeout.
The Orioles used two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs in the second against Mike Pelfrey but got only one run, on a sacrifice fly by Quintin Berry.
In the bottom half, Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI single. Urrutia homered in the fifth off Brian Duensing.