Braves beat Nationals in spring training game

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Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward went 0 for 2 during the Braves' 9-5 victory over the Washington Nationals in a spring training game Tuesday in Kissimmee, Fla.  DAVID J. PHILLIP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward went 0 for 2 during the Braves' 9-5 victory over the Washington Nationals in a spring training game Tuesday in Kissimmee, Fla.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Washington’s Ross Detwiler got in some much-needed work before the World Baseball Classic, while the Atlanta Braves scored five runs in the fifth on the way to a 9-5 victory over their division rival on Tuesday.

Detwiler pitched two scoreless innings before failing to get out of the third, allowing two runs. The left-hander gave up five hits and struck out two in a game delayed an hour by rain.

The Braves erased a 3-2 deficit against loser Ryan Perry, who allowed Jordan Parrazs homer and run-scoring singles to Freddie Freeman and Juan Francisco. Brandon Mann walked Ramiro Pena with the bases loaded before Joey Terdoslavich closed the big inning with a sacrifice fly.

Atlanta starter Mike Minor struggled through the first, throwing 28 pitches and allowing two runs. The Braves worried he wouldn’t even be able to get in his scheduled two innings, since he was on a 40-pitch count, but he breezed through an easy second with just 10 pitches. Dusty Hughes claimed the win.

GIANTS: Tim Lincecum gave up three runs and failed to get through two innings in his first spring training start Tuesday for San Francisco, an 8-8 tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 28-year-old right-hander shed the shaggy do this winter, and he worked with two trainers to increase his strength after going 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA last year.

MARLINS: Owner Jeffrey Loria’s three-day public relations campaign to patch things up with angry fans brought him to spring training Tuesday for an interview session that included several testy exchanges before the owner cut it short.

Loria reiterated many of his previous comments regarding the 2012 payroll purge, saying it wasn’t about money but about improving the farm system. Ten minutes into the news conference, he bristled when asked why fans should believe him.

“You’ve said that question in four different ways,” Loria said. “My response to you is we have put together some championship-caliber players. We’re going to field an excellent team in the next two or three years that you’re going to be proud of.”

Fans are upset that after only one season of big spending in a new park built mostly with tax money, the Marlins have reverted to their tight budgets of the past.

This year’s payroll is expected to be less than $45 million, compared with $90 million in 2012.

Loria denied he reneged on any promise, noting the Marlins finished last in the NL East with their biggest payroll ever.

CUBS: Edwin Jackson pitched two scoreless innings in his first outing with Chicago, and the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Tuesday.

Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million contract this winter.

ANGELS: First baseman Albert Pujols is nearly ready to start running on the field in the slugger’s deliberate recovery from off-season surgery on his right knee.

Pujols is taking batting practice and running on a treadmill at spring training, and he participated in fielding drills Tuesday. He’s expected to start running on the field later this week.

RANGERS: Japanese ace Yu Darvish, who won 16 games last season as a major league rookie, struck out two while retiring all six White Sox batters he faced in his first spring start during a 14-8 victory on Tuesday.

Darvish went to three balls on two batters. On a full count, Adam Dunn struck out on a checked swing called strike to start the second before Seth Loman flew out on a 3-0 pitch, the last of 28 pitches Darvish threw – with his fastballs hitting the mid-90s.

INDIANS: New manager Terry Francona has named Justin Masterson his starter for Opening Day.

• Michael Brantley is wearing a protective wrap on his left forearm at training camp.

The outfielder says he has been told to rest after getting stitches in the arm following a play in which he was accidentally spiked by Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson on Monday.


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