Braves' Mike Minor extends scoreless innings streak

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Atlanta starting pitcher Mike Minor extend his scoreless inning streak to 14 during Sunday's game. He has given up just seven hits in four starts.  DERICK E. HINGLE/US PRESSWIRE
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Atlanta starting pitcher Mike Minor extend his scoreless inning streak to 14 during Sunday's game. He has given up just seven hits in four starts.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Braves’ Mike Minor stretched his scoreless streak to 14 innings and Baltimore’s Tsuyoshi Wada made his delayed debut as Atlanta and an Orioles split squad tied 2-2 in 10 innings Sunday.

Minor has given up just seven hits in his four starts and has 10 strikeouts to five walks.

“He’s been great,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “You can see the command and his secondary pitches are getting better and better.”

A first-round draft pick in 2009, Minor allowed two hits in five innings Sunday, striking out three and walking one.

“I’m very pleased,” said Minor, who was 4-1 with a 3.83 ERA for the Braves after the All-Star break last year. “I tried to make it feel like an in-season game. My breaking pitches were better. If I have three really good pitches, I’ll feel good going into the season.”

Wada, signed by the Orioles after a successful career in Japan, struck out three while allowing a hit and a run in two innings. The left-hander had been sidelined since early in camp because of a sore elbow.

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones doubled in the second for his first extra-base hit of the spring. He is 5 for 12 since starting 0 for 10.

NATIONALS: Washington optioned 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse where he can get experience in center field.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said after the team’s 11-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday that the timing wasn’t right for the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft to make the team out of training camp. When Harper is likely called up later this season he could play center field because the team is thin at that position. He played mostly in right this spring.

Jayson Werth, who played a lot of center field in camp, will go back to right field.

Harper was 8 for 28 (.286) in the Grapefruit League.

CARDINALS: St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter threw batting practice for the first time since a neck injury.

The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner threw 40 pitches Sunday, two days after throwing off a mound for the first time in two weeks.

PHILLIES: Third baseman Placido Polanco is day to day because of a sprained left ring finger.

The All-Star injured his hand diving back into first base on a pickoff play in the first inning on Saturday.

X-rays were negative and he’s expected to miss a few games.


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