Wisler makes first start


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Will Venable and Carlos Quentin homered, Chase Headley drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and the San Diego Padres beat the Texas Rangers 11-7 on Sunday.

Venable connected in the third inning off reliever Neftali Feliz. Quentin hit a two-run shot off Joe Saunders in a four-run second.


Padres: Matt Wisler, the organization's minor league pitcher of the year in 2012-13 and a Bryan graduate, made his first start after four relief appearances. He allowed five runs on five hits in 22⁄3 innings. With Josh Johnson out four to five weeks with a forearm strain, Wisler becomes a viable rotation candidate.

"I was hoping to come out and throw a lot of strikes and command the baseball, which I didn't do as well as I wanted to," Wisler said. "I was a little disappointed the way it went, but at the same time you're not terribly disappointed with it."


TEMPE, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols tripled and doubled to back a scoreless start by Garrett Richards in the Los Angeles Angels' 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Richards, the No. 3 starter in a revamped rotation, gave the Angels the kind of pitching performance they've been looking for in his fourth spring start. He allowed three hits over 6 1-3 shutout innings in his fourth spring start, lowering his ERA to 3.50. The right-hander went 7-8 with a 4.16 ERA in 47 games, including 17 starts, during his first full season with the Angels in 2013.

"I got ahead of guys," Richards said. "The early ground balls were nice. ... I'm just building momentum with each start. The guys are going to put up runs. My job is to keep them in games."

After a slow start, Pujols brought his spring average up to .326 with two extra-base hits in two at-bats. Josh Hamilton had two hits in three at-bats with two RBIs.

Pujols tripled to right-center in the first to score Mike Trout. Hamilton's grounder drove in Pujols, who also doubled in the fifth to set up Hamilton's sacrifice fly.


LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joe Nathan allowed four runs while only getting one out in the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins rallied for an 8-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Nathan entered without having allowed a run in eight games. Jeff Mathis, who went 4 for 5, had a tiebreaking two-run double for Miami.

"Joe was fine," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It didn't mean anything. He's throwing as well as he has all spring. Nothing of concern."

Nathan, who was signed after saving 43 games for the Texas Rangers, allowed three hits and walked one, with one strikeout.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Lyle Overbay got good news this morning and celebrated with his bat.

Overbay, who was told that he had made the Brewers' opening day roster early Sunday, had two doubles and a single in Milwaukee's 9-1 victory over the Reds.

"He swung the bat very well in BP today," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "I don't know if telling him took pressure off even with a veteran you get comfortable, but it is good to see him swing that bat."

Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs with a double and a home run as the Brewers roughed up Mike Leake, scoring six runs in the second inning. Milwaukee had four doubles in the inning.

Jay Bruce had an RBI double for the Reds run off Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.

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