FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia’s first game in nearly 10 months couldn’t have gone much better — even if it lasted just one inning.
“It made me happy to run around the bases,” Pedroia said. “It was really fun out there.”
A four-time All-Star and the 2008 AL MVP, Pedroia’s knee problems began with a spikes-up takeout slide at second by Baltimore’s Manny Machado on April 21, 2017. Pedroia went on the disabled list three times that season, twice because of knee inflammation, and had left knee surgery that Oct. 25.
He played in five injury rehabilitation games at Triple-A Pawtucket last May 14-24, appeared in three games for the Red Sox from May 26-29, then went back on the disabled list for the rest of the season.
“I just need to keep building on this. I hadn’t seen a pitch since May 29. Everything went well,” Pedroia said.
Cave and Ronald Torreyes both had three hits and each drove in a run for Minnesota.
Manny Machado had an RBI double, Ian Kinsler hit his first home run and singled, and Eric Hosmer hit a run-scoring single. Prospect Francisco Mejia homered for the first time, a three-run drive, and is batting .474. Danny Santana had a two-run home run and Shin-Soo Choo doubled and scored for Texas. Mike Minor allowed four runs and six hits in three innings.
Stephen Strasburg made his second start for Washington, pitching four shutout innings and allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out five. Adam Eaton hit his first home run — a solo shot off Jacob deGrom, who gave up two runs, two hits and two walks over three innings in his third start.
Justin Verlander struck out five over 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his second start for Houston. He allowed five hits and two walks. Carlos Correa had an RBI single.
James Paxton allowed three hits and struck out five in 3 1/3 shutout innings, and prospect Estevan Florial hit his first home run, a three-run drive. Miguel Andujar had two singles, scoring twice. Danny Farquhar pitched a hitless seventh inning in his second appearance. He collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout on April 20 because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage.
PHILLIES (SS) 3, TIGERS 1
Jean Segura doubled and scored, Phil Gosselin had an RBI double and Sal Butera singled in a run.
Teoscar Hernandez singled twice and had four RBIs, raising his average to .529. Kevin Pillar hit his first home run and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI double. Clayton Richard made his second start, allowing two runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Cole Tucker, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in 2014, had two of the Pirates‘ five solo home runs. Erik Gonzalez, Adam Frazier and Patrick Kivlehan also homered. Starter Jordan Lyles made his third appearance, allowing two runs — one earned — and three hits in four innings.
Mike Wright Jr. allowed a hit in three shutout innings in his third start for Baltimore. Top prospect Yusniel Diaz singled to raise his average to .407.
Jon Lester made his third start, allowing three runs and four hits while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings.
David Dahl hit his first home run, singled twice and drove in two runs for Colorado. Tom Murphy homered for a second time and doubled, driving in four runs. Closer Wade Davis made his second appearance, striking out two in a scoreless fourth.
Wilson Contreras had a two-run double for Chicago
INDIANS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3
Trevor Bauer made his third start for Cleveland, allowing two runs and five hits in four inninss. Trayce Thompson had a two-run double.
Ace Zack Greinke started for a second time, allowing a hit and two walks in two scoreless innings. Ketel Marte had three singles, scoring a run. Newcomer Wilmer Flores singled and hit his first home run, driving in two runs for Arizona. Caleb Joseph also homered for the first time.
Austin Barnes drove in two runs with a double and a bases-loaded walk, and Enrique Hernandez had two singles and scored twice.
Peter Bourjos doubled, raising his average to .524. Closer Cody Allen made his third appearance, allowing a hit in a scoreless inning.
ROYALS 8, ANGELS (SS) 7
Wilfredo Tovar hit his second home run and double, driving in two runs for Los Angeles. Top prospect Jo Adell is batting .368 after singling and walking. Jaime Barria made his second start, allowing one run, two hits, three walks in three innings.
Leury Garcia singled and doubled, driving in two runs for Chicago. Tim Anderson added two hits, a stolen base and an RBI and is batting .500. Carlos Rodon made his second start, pitching four shutout innings and allowing a hit and a walk. Closer Alex Colome allowed a hit in a scoreless inning.