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Price OK after bat scare

Rays outshine Red Sox 8-6

March 11, 2010
From AP wire reports

Tampa Bay Rays prized left-hander David Price, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, left Wednes-day's 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the second inning after being hit on the right hand by the barrel of a shattered bat.

Nomar Garciaparra, 36, rejoined the Red Sox for one day and then retired, ending a 14-year career in which he won two batting titles with Boston and was once a beloved player in the city.

The shortstop signed a one-day contract with his former team Wednesday before announcing he's leaving baseball to become an ESPN analyst.

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Minnesota’s Carl Pavano pitches against St. Louis Tuesday in his second start of the spring. More photos from the game are available online at:

Garciaparra threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game, with former Red Sox and Georgia Tech teammate Jason Varitek catching.

According to Rays team spokesman Rick Vaughn, Price had an abrasion on his right thumb and will not need stitches. Price expects to make his next start.

In his second start of the spring, Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

At the time Price was injured, the Rays had a 1-0 lead. With no outs and Kevin Youkilis on first base for the Red Sox, Adrian Beltre's bat splintered on a pitch from Price, the barrel heading toward the mound. Price deflected the lumber with his non-pitching hand and walked off the field with a towel wrapped around his right hand.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two home runs and three RBI, and Dustin Pedroia and Youkilis also had two hits for Boston.

Jason Bartlett went 2-for-2 with two RBI for the Rays. B.J. Upton, Kelly Shoppach and Ryan Shealy each had two hits.

Marlins 16, Astros 4: Hayden Penn, a 25-year-old right-hander, started and retired nine straight batters during three perfect innings of work, and the Marlins got back-to-back home runs from outfield prospect Mike Stanton and Dan Uggla in a win over Houston.

Penn struck out Pedro Feliz to end the second inning and didn't walk anyone during a tidy 31-pitch outing.

Cardinals 6, Nation-als 4: Brad Penny threw four shutout innings and St. Louis beat winless Washington.

The Cardinals were without sluggers Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday, who were scratched after batting practice. Pujols was supposed to be back in the lineup after being sidelined by back soreness, but the problem resurfaced. Holliday had some soreness in his rib cage.

Penny allowed one hit, struck out two and walked none in a much sharper effort than his spring debut. The right-hander gave up three runs and six hits in two innings against a Mets split-squad on Friday.

Twins update: Just hours before the Minnesota Twins took the field Tuesday for an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Hammond Stadium, they shared the grim news that pitcher Joe Nathan has a significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right throwing elbow. The injury could require season-ending surgery. His 246 saves over six seasons are the most in the majors during that span.

General manager Bill Smith said the plan is to first give Nathan time to let soreness and swelling subside, and build strength in the muscles around the joint, and try to pitch again before a final decision about surgery.

An emotional Nathan, 35, said he's prepared to try to pitch through pain.

"If I'm able to go out there and throw, then I'll definitely give it a shot," Nathan told reporters. "The only reason that I would get a surgery done is if I'm just unable to go out there."

In Tuesday's game, third base prospect Danny Valencia provided something positive by hitting the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to beat the Cardinals 7-6.

"It feels great to come through in that situation," said Valencia, who hit a long shot over the left-field fence. "I want to show them that I can play here and that I can hold my own. Hopefully everything works out."

Brendan Harris and Nick Punto are competing for the starting job at third base, but Valencia is emerging behind them.

Justin Morneau hit a two-run double for the Twins, and Joe Mauer added an RBI single. Starter Carl Pavano gave up three runs on six hits in three innings. He struck out three without a walk.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright struggled, allowing five hits, four runs and two walks in two innings without a strikeout.



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