Jason Heyward homers but Pirates win exhibition game

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran struck out two batters in two innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  CHARLIE NEIBERGALL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran struck out two batters in two innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

BRADENTON, Fla. — Clint Barmes went 2 for 2 with a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 on Sunday.

Non-roster invitee Brad Hawpe added a two-run single for the Pirates. James McDonald, trying to bounce back from a dreadful second half of the 2012 season, pitched two scoreless innings for Pittsburgh.

Jason Heyward hit a solo home run for the Braves. Julio Teheran struck out two in two innings but Atlanta fell to 0-3 in Grapefruit League play after the Pirates had their way with the Braves’ relievers.

Barmes is trying to bounce back from a miserable season at the plate in which he hit just .229 and struggled at the bottom of Pittsburgh’s lineup. He singled in his first at-bat and then lined a shot into the left-field stands off Jonny Venters.

DODGERS: Ryu Hyun-Jin debuted in Dodger blue for their second game of Cactus League play Sunday, allowing a triple and getting a strikeout during one scoreless inning of work against the Chicago White Sox.

Ryu agreed to a $36 million, six-year deal with Los Angeles in December, becoming the first player to move straight from Korea’s top league to the majors. He was a seven-time All-Star and a five-time strikeout leader in Korea, but embraced the move stateside when the free-spending Dodgers outbid several suitors for his services.

YANKEES: Outfielder Curtis Granderson is expected to be out until May after breaking his right forearm.

The slugger was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, his first at-bat of spring training. The Yankees, who were beat 2-0 by a Toronto Blue Jays’ split-squad, first called it a bruise but X-rays revealed the break.

The team said Granderson could be out 10 weeks, which means he’ll miss about a month of the regular season.


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