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March 6, 2010
From AP wire reports

Justin Morneau marked his return for Minnesota with a two-run double and Tim Wakefield tossed two scoreless innings for Boston in his first post-surgery appearance in a 5-0 victory by the Twins over the Red Sox Friday at Hammond Stadium.

Morneau doubled to right in the first inning against Jon Lester, his first on-field action since a stress fracture in his lower back shut him down in mid-September.

Wakefield had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back last October. The 43-year-old knuckleballer threw 16 of his 21 pitches for strikes, giving up one hit without a walk.

Lester gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in an inning.

Rays 12, Yankees 7: Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain struggled in his first spring training start, allowing five runs, three hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings.

Phil Hughes, Chamberlain's main rival for the Yankees' No. 5 starter role, allowed one run and one hit, a solo shot in the first by Sean Rodriguez, in two innings.

Tampa Bay left-hander David Price allowed two hits over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out two and walked one.

n Blue Jays 14, Phillies 9: Lyle Overbay hit a three-run double and Jose Bautista a two-run double during an eight-run fourth inning for the Blue Jays.

Right-hander Brandon Morrow, acquired by the Blue Jays in a trade with Seattle, pitched two hitless innings in his first bid to become part of their starting rotation.

Marlins 4, Mets 3: The Marlins' Chris Volstad and Mets' Jon Niese each looked sharp in their spring mound debuts.

Niese gave up a run in 2 2/3 innings and struck out five. He walked two and gave up three singles. Niese was sidelined by a hamstring tear after making five starts last season.

Volstad struck out two in two scoreless innings. He gave up two singles and did not walk a batter.

Mets new outfielder Jason Bay doubled to right to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the third.

Mets 7, Cardinals 3: Brad Penny pitched two innings in his St. Louis debut, allowing three runs and six hits. Three of those hits were soft flyballs that landed just beyond the infield.

Designated hitter Shawn Riggans drove in the go ahead run with a single and Frank Catalanotto's pinch-hit triple in the ninth scored two runs.

Braves 11, Nationals 8: Yunel Escobar went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored and Melky Cabrera had two hits and an RBI for the Braves. Rookie Jordan Heyward had a hit and stole his second base of the spring.

Atlanta's new closer Billy Wagner gave up three hits and two runs in an inning. He followed Derek Lowe, who pitched two scoreless innings.



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