Lind, Blue Jays pummel Braves

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Adam Lind homered, tripled and had four RBI off Randall Delgado, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 9-0 Saturday.


Competing for the last spot in the Braves’ starting rotation, Delgado allowed eight runs – five earned – and 10 hits in four innings. He gave up third-inning singles to Omar Vizquel and Yunel Escobar, and Lind fouled off four pitches before driving the ball to right for his first spring training home run.

“It’s good for the team. It’s good for me, just to show the staff that I’m trying to have long at-bats,” Lind said. “I don’t want to become too timid in the box. I want to be aggressive.

Two singles and an error in the fourth loaded the bases for Kelly Johnson, who cleared them with a double off the center-field wall. Lind followed with a wind-blown, two-out triple to right, then scored on Eric Thames’ double.

Before Johnson’s triple, Josh Wilson allowed Travis Snyder’s hard-hit grounder to bounce off him, the ball bounding high and landing behind the second baseman.

“You can’t assume a double play,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, “ but if we make that play behind him, it might be a different inning. Still, he’s got to learn how to get through those innings. But at the end of the day I think he did pitch a little better than what the linescore showed.”

Henderson Alvarez allowed one hit in scoreless five innings, struck out four and walked none.


REDS: Closer Ryan Madson has a torn ligament in his pitching elbow and will miss the season.

Madson returned to Cincinnati and was examined by team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Reds said Saturday that Kremchek told general manager Walt Jocketty the ligament was torn from the bone of Madson’s right elbow.

Madson agreed in January to a one-year contract guaranteeing $8.5 million, after a $44 million, four-year deal to stay with Philadelphia collapsed in November.


RAYS: Pitcher Matt Bush is being held on more than $1 million bail on charges that he left the scene of an accident that seriously injured a motorcyclist.

Bush made his first court appearance Saturday. Charlotte County Circuit Court records show that Bush remained in custody on multiple DUI-related charges and counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident and driving with a suspended license.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Bush kept driving after hitting a motorcycle Thursday. The motorcyclist remains hospitalized.

Bush’s attorney, Russell Kirshy, said the player would likely enter a rehab program once he is released.


TWINS: General manager Terry Ryan said minor league pitcher Aaron Thompson is facing a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy.



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