Saturday's spring training recaps from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues

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Mets 5, Nationals 3: Stephen Strasburg surrendered three hits over two innings - including a single and home run to the first two batters he faced - in his first action since Sept. 7. David Wright was hitless in three at-bats for New York, but Marlon Byrd went 2-for-2 and scored a run in his team debut.
Marlins 8, Cardinals 3: Juan Pierre collected two hits, scored twice and drove in a run while Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs for Miami, which likely lost catcher Jeff Mathis for six weeks with a broken right collarbone. David Freese connected on a second-inning solo shot off Marlins starter John Maine and Matt Adams added two RBIs on two hits for St. Louis.

Blue Jays 10, Tigers 3: Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each homered for Detroit while free-agent signee Torii Hunter collected a hit and scored a run. Brett Lawrie drove in a pair of runs with a single in the third inning and pinch hitter Lance Zawadzki - a non-roster invitee - belted a sixth-inning grand slam for Toronto.

Yankees 8, Braves 3: Robinson Cano hit a solo homer and scored twice while Austin Romine and Zoilo Almonte each finished with two RBIs for New York, which got a pair of scoreless innings from starter David Phelps. Freddie Freeman scored a run and was one of two Atlanta players to collect two hits, but former Los Angeles Angels closer Jordan Walden  surrendered four runs - one earned - in one inning.

Rays (ss) 4, Red Sox 3: Non-roster invitee Leslie Anderson homered and Desmond Jennings went 2-for-2 for Tampa Bay. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-2 after a shoulder injury that limited him to 74 games in 2012 while Boston starter John Lackey allowed a run and a hit in his return from the Tommy John surgery that sidelined him all of last season.

Orioles 5, Twins 3: Josh Willingham belted a two-run homer and was one of three Minnesota players to finish with two hits, including Eduardo Escobar and non-roster invitee Clete Thomas. Baltimore's Trayvon Robinson, another non-roster invitee, broke a tie in the eighth with a two-run blast while Chris Davis went 2-for-2.
Astros 8, Phillies 3: Cole Hamels struck out one over two scoreless innings for Philadelphia, but the bullpen gave up eight runs and 13 hits following his departure. Robbie Grossman and Nate Frieman paced Houston's offense with two RBIs apiece and Chase Utley was one of three players to drive in a run for the Phillies.
Pirates 3, Rays (ss) 2: Jeff Locke made an early case for a rotation spot with three hitless innings and non-roster invitee Darren Ford went 2-for-2 for Pittsburgh. Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar each went 1-for-2 in their debuts while Roberto Hernandez, Jeff Niemann and Fernando Rodney each pitched a hitless inning for Tampa Bay.


Cubs 11, Angels (ss) 2: Luis Valbuena homered and scored twice, making a strong first impression in his bid for the starting third base job, and Brett Jackson tripled twice for Chicago. Los Angeles, playing without Mike Trout, Albert Pujols or free-agent signee Josh Hamilton, scored its only runs on a RBI double from Erick Aybar and run-scoring groundout by Hank Conger.
White Sox 9, Dodgers 0: Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs and four hits over two innings and Los Angeles managed only three hits, getting a combined 0-for-5 effort from Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez. Dylan Axelrod struck out four over three scoreless frames for Chicago and received plenty of help from his offense, including two doubles from Alex Rios and homers from Tyler Flowers and Seth Loman.

Brewers 2, Athletics 1: Ryan Braun, who will soon be leaving Milwaukee to prepare for the World Baseball Classic, homered in his first at-bat of spring training. Oakland shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, who signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract in the off-season, debuted with a walk and popped out in his two plate appearances.

Indians 13, Reds 10: Cleveland's Ryan Raburn homered twice – giving him three in as many spring at-bats – and drove in four runs while Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati's likely leadoff hitter this season, scored twice while 23-year-old Neftali Soto went 4-for-4 with two RBIs.
Royals 4, Rangers 2: Non-roster invitee Brandon Wood belted a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and rookie lefthander Donnie Joseph struck out all three batters he faced in his Kansas City debut. Ian Kinsler and David Murphy drove in Texas' runs while top prospect Jurickson Profar finished 1-for-2.
Mariners 8, Padres 6: Jason Bay homered in his first at-bat and scored twice in his Seattle debut while Justin Smoak and Mike Jacobs each recorded two-run homers. Non-roster invitee Jeudy Valdez drove in three runs on a double and two-run homer and top prospect Jedd Gyorko finished with two RBIs for San Diego.
Giants 4, Angels (ss) 1: Ryan Vogelsong allowed two hits over two scoreless innings and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval scored and drove home a run. Brad Mills tossed two perfect innings and Matt Young went 3-for-3 for Los Angeles, which left most of its likely Opening Day roster back home.
Rockies 11, Diamondbacks 2: Troy Tulowitzki got a hit in his first game since undergoing groin surgery and Josh Rutledge went 3-for-3 with four RBIs for Colorado. Jonathan Herrera also finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Rockies, who roughed up 21-year-old starter Tyler Skaggs for four runs over 1 2/3 innings and collected two hits off Heath Bell in his Arizona debut.