LAKELAND, Fla. — Julio Teheran’s spring debut was hardly a breeze.
Hoping to earn a spot in Atlanta’s rotation, Teheran was tagged for six home runs in only two innings and the Detroit Tigers connected nine times overall Sunday in romping past the Braves 18-3.
With a strong wind blowing out to right field, the Tigers teed off against Teheran and the Braves. Prince Fielder homered and Ryan Raburn hit two shots, including a grand slam.
“It was a tough day for anyone to pitch,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “With the conditions we had today, I am not about to count anyone out. When the wind is blowing the way it was today, all you are asking for is trouble.”
BREWERS 1, GIANTS (SS) 1
In Phoenix, Ryan Braun struck out in his only two at-bats in Milwaukee’s tie with a San Francisco split squad in the reigning NL MVP’s first game since getting caught up in a drug case during the off-season.
Although the game was at Milwaukee’s Maryvale Baseball Park, about half the crowd of 6,619 cheered for the Giants and they countered the Brewers’ fans standing ovation with catcalls when Braun went to the plate in the first inning.
YANKEES 7, PHILLIES 4
In Tampa, Fla., Alex Rodriguez homered on the first pitch he saw from Roy Halladay and later added an RBI double and single.
Halladay allowed one run, two hits and struck out three in two innings.
GIANTS (SS) 11, DIAMONDBACKS 1
In Scottsdale, Arizona, the Diamondbacks’ field crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to help disperse a swarm of bees that delayed San Francisco’s split squad’s win over Arizona for 41 minutes in the second inning.
ASTROS 10, NATIONALS 2
In Viera, Fla., Stephen Strasburg struck out three in his spring training debut, but gave up two runs while pitching into the third inning of Washington loss to Houston.