Syndergaard shines as New York rallies late
The Mets unveiled stud prospect Noah Syndergaard on Monday, and he did not fail to deliver in his two innings of work. He opened the game with a strikeout of Jason Heyward on a 98mph fastball and allowed just one baserunner to reach.
"That's a lot of weight coming off my shoulders right there." -- Noah Syndergaard on striking out Jayson Heyward to open game.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) March 3, 2014
Syndergaard, 21, figures to play a big role in the Mets' plans for the future, especially if he can continue improving his command on the mound.
The Mets actually trailed by this one in the ninth, 2-1, but blew the gates open against the Braves' bullpen with five runs. The loss drops Atlanta to 0-6 this spring, making them the only team in the Grapefruit League without a win. Freddy Garcia pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three batters, while second base prospect Tommy La Stella continued his solid spring with two walks in three plate appearances.
Liriano impresses in Bucs win
Francisco Liriano made his spring debut on Monday with two solid innings against the Red Sox. He struck out three and only allowed one baserunner to reach on a walk. The veteran southpaw and the Pirates received plenty of run support early on as Pedro Alvarez homered in the first inning and Russell Martin drilled a line drive over the wall in the third.
The Red Sox sent their C-squad to the diamond and trailed 6-1 after the third. Koji Uehara struck out two of the three batters he faced in his lone inning on the mound, and he already looks to be in mid-season form after a breakout campaign in 2013.
Davis crushes first homer of spring; Buxton doubles
Chris Davis fitting hit the Orioles' first home run of the spring with a deep shot to center field off the video board. After hitting 53 long balls last year, 2014 is shaping up to be another fun year for Crush at Camden Yards.
Moore makes spring debut for Tampa Bay
Matt Moore, fresh off a 17-4 season a year ago, made his spring training debut on Monday with 1⅔ scoreless innings. He struck out two Phillies and issued a walk. Moore said he felt good after the outing and will see an increased pitch count his next time out.
The Phillies managed just one run in this one, and it came in the fourth inning on a Wil Nieves single to right. Roberto Hernandez, who could be the club's fifth starter to begin the season, tossed three scoreless innings against his old club with three strikeouts.
Kelly struggles in St. Louis loss; Castellanos homers
Joe Kelly struggled with the Tigers on Monday, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks over just 1⅔ innings. He struggled with command of his fastball and was unable to keep Detroit's loaded lineup in check. If there was good news for St. Louis, shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit his second homer of the spring off Drew Smyly in the third inning.
First replay challenge comes in Twins-Blue Jays
The Twins blew out the Blue Jays, 12-2. What the real story in this one was Toronto manager John Gibbons making the first challenge of the year on a disputed call at first base. After 2:34, the umpires ruled the initial call was correct. Get ready for more of this, baseball fans.
Nova shines in Yanks win
Ivan Nova looked sharp in three innings of work against the Nationals, striking out four batters without allowing anyone to reach base. Nova really struggled in his first outing of the spring but seemed to figure things out on Monday.
Russ Detwiler did not fare as well for Washington, and he was removed after just 1⅓ innings. He gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits.
Oh, and Joe Namath called Derek Jeter an angel.