Carlos Martinez tossed four innings of one-run ball and the Cardinals beat the Marlins 5-4 on Thursday in Jupiter, Florida.
Yadier Molina contributed an RBI-double to get the Cardinals on the board. Jose Martinez deposited a two-run homer over the right-center field fence to tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning.
Adolis Garcia’s sacrifice fly gave the Cardinals the lead in the following frame.
Left-hander Tyler Lyons earned the win for the Cardinals in relief, while Dominic Leone picked up the save. Veteran righty Junichi Tazawa suffered the loss for Miami.
Royals rough up prized prospect Kopech
The Royals knocked around White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech in a 12-0 win Thursday afternoon.
Kopech, the No. 10 prospect in Major League Baseball, surrendered five runs across 2 ? innings.
Jorge Soler smacked his fourth home run of the spring. Cody Asche and Samir Duenez also launched long balls.
Lefty Danny Duffy collected the win, his first of the exhibition season, after tossing three scoreless innings while striking out four.
Zastryzny allows zip against Padres
Former Missouri left-hander Rob Zastryzny pitched one inning of relief work in the Cubs’ 10-4 win over the Padres on Tuesday.
A second-round pick in the 2013 Draft, Zastryzny has appeared in 12 games at the major league level over the past two years.
He lowered his spring ERA to 3.60 with the brief outing.
Judge rules likely no HR Derby in 2018
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is strongly leaning toward not taking part in the Home Run Derby at this year’s All-Star Game.
Judge won the derby last season in Miami, went on to hit 52 homers with 114 RBI in his first full major league season and was a unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year.
“A cool experience,” Judge said Thursday. “I enjoyed it all, but I don’t think I really needed to go out there and do it again. I won it once. One and done is good for me.”
Judge was hitting .329 with 30 homers and 66 RBI at the All-Star break, then batted .179 with seven homers and 16 RBI with 67 strikeouts in his next 44 games through the end of August.
Welcome to camp! Royals sign Nolasco
The Kansas City Royals agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday that includes an invitation to their major league camp.
The 35-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, where he went 6-15 with a 4.92 ERA a year ago. Nolasco has a reputation for being durable, going 114-118 with a 4.56 ERA across 12 seasons with the Angels, Dodgers, Marlins and Twins.
Kansas City reached a deal with him one day after placing right-hander Jesse Hahn on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right ulnar collateral ligament.
Nolasco will compete for a spot in the back end of the Royals rotation, where the only sure spots are filled by Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy and Jason Hammel.