Feldman solid in 5-1 loss

NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer Published:

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Scott Feldman pitched two scoreless innings in his first spring start for Houston, allowing only one hit in the Astros' 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Austin Jackson had two hits for Detroit, which scored its five runs in the fourth inning.

Feldman signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Astros in the offseason, and Houston hopes the 31-year-old right-hander can provide stability at the top of the rotation. Feldman went 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA last year while splitting time between the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles.

"He was Scott Feldman. He's going to attack the strike zone, he's going to throw all his pitches in any count," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "Just a professional, the way he goes about his business, and it was good to see."

Feldman allowed a walk to Miguel Cabrera and a single to Jackson.

"Right now I think the pitchers are probably a little ahead of the hitters, and all that stuff catches up," Feldman said. "Hopefully by the end of spring I'll be able to hit my spots."

Cabrera's single started Detroit's fourth-inning rally, which also included a two-run double by Don Kelly.


Tigers: Left-hander Kyle Lobstein was only supposed to pitch two innings, but he breezed through them with such ease manager Brad Ausmus let him pitch one more. A third-inning walk was the only baserunner Lobstein allowed. Barring injury, there's no room for him in Detroit's rotation, but he made a strong impression.

"He's in that mix of guys that could fill in," Ausmus said. "He's got good mound presence. He doesn't look like he's nervous out there, he doesn't look intimidated."

Astros: Feldman pitched fine, but it was a rough day for another potential starter. Brad Peacock pitched a hitless third before allowing five runs without retiring a batter in the fourth.


Jackson has been Detroit's leadoff hitter during the Tigers' run of three straight AL Central titles, but he may end up elsewhere in the lineup this season after Detroit acquired Ian Kinsler in a trade and signed speedy outfielder Rajai Davis.

Jackson hit sixth Saturday, and he came up with the bases loaded in the fourth after singles by Cabrera and Victor Martinez and a walk by Alex Avila. Jackson's single to center opened the scoring, and Kelly followed with his double to make it 3-0.

"You have to make the adjustment," Jackson said. "Leadoff, there's a different approach. Your job I think is to make sure you're doing whatever you can to get on base. Down the lineup, you have more opportunities to hit with runners on."


Carlos Correa, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, entered the game at shortstop in the fifth for Houston. He doubled to start the sixth and eventually scored the Astros' lone run of the game.

George Springer, another top Houston prospect, started in center field and hit a fifth-inning single.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Ramon Santiago singled home a run, stole second and scored on a wild pitch as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies, 3-2.

Brayan Pena doubled and scored on Santiago's single. Neftali Soto doubled home a run.

Nelson Arenado had three singles and an RBI. Former Reds infielder Paul Janish singled and scored two runs for the Rockies.

The game was played despite the first rain in the Phoenix area since December 21.

Chien-Ming Wang pitched for Cincinnati for the first time this spring. He allowed one run on five hits, striking out two.


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Saturday's scheduled exhibition game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox has been called off because of rain.

The starting pitchers were to have been Trevor Bauer for Cleveland and John Danks for the White Sox.


PEORIA, Ariz. -- Robinson Cano got two hits and made a pair of smooth plays in the field as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 in a game shortened to seven innings because of rain.

Cano struck out in the first inning against C.J. Wilson. The Seattle newcomer hit an RBI single in the third and later scored on Dustin Ackley's RBI double.


PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun ignored loud boos in his home spring debut, producing a single and a walk as a Milwaukee Brewers split squad beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-5.

Braun's first at-bat at Maryvale Baseball Park was met with a vocal and extended chorus of boos, especially from the third-base side loaded with a large contingent of Dodgers fans.

The former NL MVP was suspended for the final 65 games of the season last year for his role in the Biogenesis drug scandal. Braun homered Thursday in his first at-bat of exhibition play at Oakland's park.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Trumbo homered in his return to the lineup and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in a split-squad game shortened to 41/2 innings because of rain. The game was delayed 36 minutes at the start by showers. The rain came back in the bottom of the fifth inning and the game was called with one out.


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jason Vargas pitched two scoreless innings in his Kansas City debut and Alex Gordon doubled home two runs as the Royals beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 that was called after seven innings because of rain.

Vargas, who signed to a four-year $32 million contract in the offseason, allowed one hit and struck out one, throwing 13 strikes in 19 pitches. The Royals signed Vargas to replace Ervin Santana, who remains unsigned on the free agent market, in the rotation.


BRADENTON, Fla. -- Wandy Rodriguez had a solid spring training debut while facing major league batters for the first time in nearly nine months, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays played to a 2-all tie in 10 innings.

Rodriguez worked one inning for the Pirates, did not allow a hit and struck out two. It was a good first step back for the left-hander, who missed most of last season due to persistent forearm pain.


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Reed Johnson hit a two-run single to highlight a five-run sixth inning as the Miami Marlins' split-squad team beat the New York Mets, 9-1.

Lucas Duda hit a towering homer to right-center field for the Mets' lone run in the fourth.

Duda is competing with Ike Davis to be New York's first baseman. Davis hit a home run against Washington on Friday.


SARASOTA, Fla. -- Chris Davis hit a two-run double, scoring Nelson Cruz in his Orioles debut and helping Baltimore beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-7.

Cruz, who signed with the Orioles on Monday, walked and scored from first on Davis' double.


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Chris Parmelee's three-run homer off left-handed reliever Jose Mijares broke open a close game in the sixth inning, and the Minnesota Twins went on to beat the Boston Red Sox 6-2.

Parmelee hit just .172 against lefties last year. He opened the season as the Twins' everyday right fielder but gradually lost playing time until being sent back to Triple-A at the All-Star break.


JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn allowed only one hit in two innings against a split squad of the Miami Marlins, who beat the Cardinals 5-4 on Avery Romero's game-ending single in the ninth.

Miami scored four times in the fourth, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Greg Dobbs, Jeff Mathis and Ozuna all getting RBIs.

Scott Moore's solo homer in the Cardinals eighth made it 4-all.


VIERA, Fla. -- Jordan Zimmermann breezed through two shutout innings with only 20 pitches for the Washington Nationals in what turned into a wild, 16-15 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Mike Fontenot drove in four runs and Tyler Moore had three RBIs for the Nationals.

Jordan Schafer went 3 for 3 and doubled twice for Atlanta. Matt Lipka had three hits and four RBIs.


PHOENIX -- Oakland designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes drove in a run with a sacrifice fly against Martin Perez as the Athletics and Texas Rangers played to a 2-all tie. The game was stopped after nine innings.

Billy Burns, who replaced Coco Crisp in the starting lineup just before gametime, had two hits, stole two bases and recorded a pair of outfield assists for the A's. He also scored both runs, tying the game on an infield error.

Engel Beltre had two hits for the Rangers. Jurickson Profar and Jared Hoying each drove in runs.

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