Marlins' Zambrano solid against Braves

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Miami starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano struck out five in four innings on Tuesday as the Marlins and Braves played to a tie. Zambrano allowed one run and two hits.  SCOTT ROVAK/US PRESSWIRE
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Miami starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano struck out five in four innings on Tuesday as the Marlins and Braves played to a tie. Zambrano allowed one run and two hits.

JUPITER, Fla. —This start for Carlos Zambrano against the Atlanta Braves went a lot better for him than his previous one.

The Miami newcomer struck out five in four innings and the Miami Marlins tied the Braves 2-all on Tuesday. The game was called after 10 innings.

Zambrano gave up two hits and one run.

The last time he faced the Braves was Aug. 12 at Turner Field. Pitching for the Cubs that day, he stormed off the mound after allowing eight runs, including five homers, in 4⅓ innings. Zambrano then cleaned out his locker and never played for Chicago again.

“Thank God I’m back with kind of the form I had back in the days that I used to be very good. I’m very pleased with the outing,” Zambrano said.

Zambrano threw 49 pitches, 29 for strikes, in his second spring start. His fastball topped out at 97 mph.

Left-hander Mike Minor was solid for the Braves. He struck out four and allowed one hit in four scoreless innings.

CARDINALS: Pitcher Adam Wainwright tossed three scoreless innings in his second outing of the spring, and David Freese and Yadier Molina homered in St. Louis' 7-1 win over the New York Mets.

Wainwright, returning from elbow surgery that shelved him all of last season, gave up one hit and one walk, throwing 25 of 40 pitches for strikes.

RANGERS: Yu Darvish couldn’t command his fastball over three innings for Texas in an 8-all tie with the Cleveland Indians.

The game was called after the 10th.

The Japanese star walked four in his second spring start. He allowed two runs and three hits and struck out three.

TWINS: Francisco Liriano’s fast spring start slowed Tuesday when the Toronto Blue Jays scored four runs off him in the third inning and beat Minnesota 8-2.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer, trying to find his swing after a disappointing year spent battling a slow recovery from knee surgery, had two hits. He batted .200 through his first six games.

RED SOX: Manager Bobby Valentine laughed off Miami counterpart Ozzie Guillen’s profane reference toward him, commenting: “Isn’t that his standard comment on everything?”

Guillen was ejected from Monday’s spring training game against Boston for arguing a foul call and Valentine waved goodbye a couple of times. After the game Guillen said he would have uttered a profanity at Valentine had he seen it.

REPLAY: Major League Baseball says expanded replay will have to wait at least another year.

Baseball had hoped to increase video reviews this season to include trapped balls, fair-or-foul calls down the lines and fan interference all around the ballpark.

Rather than try to implement more replay in the middle of this season, MLB and the unions representing the umpires and the players will work toward adding the extra looks for games in 2013.


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