SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Former Augusta GreenJacket Madison Bumgarner took another positive step in preparation for his first Opening Day-start, throwing three scoreless innings Tuesday in the San Francisco Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Bumgarner allowed two singles while striking out one. He’s thrown five scoreless innings this spring.
Former North Augusta and Clemson standout Tyler Colvin drove in run for the Giants in the fourth against closer LaTroy Hawkins.
METS: Ex-GreenJacket Zack Wheeler pitched three scoreless innings as the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros 6-2.
Wheeler struck out three and gave up two hits. He threw 40 pitches in his spring training debut.
TIGERS: Second baseman Ian Kinsler says an ESPN The Magazine story about him was “written for drama” – and he says some critical comments attributed to him about the Texas Rangers were taken out of context.
Kinsler was traded from Texas to Detroit for first baseman Prince Fielder during the off-season. In the ESPN story, Kinsler was quoted as saying he hopes the Rangers go 0-162 this year. He also was quoted as calling Rangers general manager Jon Daniels a “sleazeball.”
Kinsler said Tuesday the “0-162” comment was just a joke.
ORIOLES: Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana agreed to a minor league contract as he tries to come back from the second major operation on his left shoulder.
TIGERS: Outfielder Andy Dirks is expected to miss three months because of a back problem that requires surgery.
ASTROS: Jon Singleton is considered the top first base prospect in baseball – a big, dynamic left-handed hitter with power and composure who can use the entire field.
For the first time publicly, he’s opening up about his battle with an addiction to marijuana and monthlong stay at a rehabilitation center.
“At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict,” he told The Associated Press. “I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself.”
YANKEES: Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez has rejoined organization as a minor league spring training pitching instructor.
The Cuban right-hander, a key member of three consecutive World Series titles from 1998-2000, will be at the team’s minor league complex for the next few weeks.
CUBS: Ted Lilly has been hired as a special assistant to Theo Epstein, the team’s president of baseball operations.
NATIONALS: Left-hander Mike Gonzalez agreed to a minor league contract.