Yankees' Jeter set to return to shortstop

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TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter says he will play at shortstop tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The United States' David Wright hits a three-run double during the eight inning against Puerto Rico.  DAVID SANTIAGO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAVID SANTIAGO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
The United States' David Wright hits a three-run double during the eight inning against Puerto Rico.

It’s the first time in the field for Jeter since ankle surgery last fall. Jeter said Tuesday after working out in Tampa, Fla., that he’ll “be out there” against the Phillies after two games as the designated hitter.

The game tonight also marks the spring training debut for Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte.

Jeter went 0 for 2 Monday in his second game at DH since breaking his left ankle in October.

ORIOLES: Right fielder Nick Markakis has been diagnosed with a small herniated disc in his neck and will be out about another week.

Markakis was scratched from the Orioles lineup on March 3 with neck spasms, and had an MRI on Monday.

RAYS: AL Cy Young Award winner David Price has been selected as the team’s Opening Day starter against AL East rival Baltimore.

Rays manager Joe Maddon made the announcement Tuesday before a spring training game against the New York Yankees. The three-time All-Star went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 31 starts in last year.

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

UNITED STATES 7, PUERTO RICO 1

In Miami, Gio Gonzalez gave Team USA its best start yet, and David Wright provided a big finish.

Gonzalez pitched five scoreless innings and the Americans beat Puerto Rico.

Wright drove in five runs, the last three with a bases-loaded double in the eighth. That prompted chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" from the crowd of 32,872.

The United States fell behind in all three games in the opening round, but led from the first inning against Puerto Rico. The Americans will play Thursday night against the Dominican Republic, which remained unbeaten in the WBC by rallying past Italy 5-4 on Tuesday.

Puerto Rico plays Italy in an elimination game today.

Gonzalez (1-0), who grew up in nearby Hialeah, struck out five for the hometown team and departed with a 3-0 lead. Manager Joe Torre then went to his bullpen, and five relievers combined to allow one run over the final four innings.

Gonzalez lowered the ERA of the U.S. rotation to 4.00.

Wright had an RBI groundout in the third and a run-scoring single in the fifth. He's 7 for 16 (.438) with 10 RBIs in four games.

Joe Mauer's two-out RBI double scored Ryan Braun with the first U.S. run in the opening inning. The Americans added a run in the third on singles by Brandon Phillips and Braun and Wright's RBI groundout.

Adam Jones had a two-run RBI single in the seventh.

Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton earned a big cheer from the Miami crowd when he made a running catch at the warning track to rob Martin Maldonado of a two-out, two-RBI hit in the fourth inning. Stanton also singled twice and walked.

Braun and Mauer each reached base four times.

Puerto Rico starter Mario Santiago (0-1) allowed three runs in 4-plus innings. Angel Pagan's drove in Puerto Rico's run in the eighth.

DOMININCAN REPUBLIC 5, ITALY 4

In Miami, Nelson Cruz’s two-out RBI single broke a seventh-inning tie, as the Dominican Republic overcame an early four-run deficit to beat Italy.

The Dominicans (4-0) remained unbeaten and advanced to a winner’s-bracket game Thursday in the double-elimination second round.

JAPAN 10, NETHERLANDS 6

In Tokyo, Shinnosuke Abe homered twice in an eight-run second inning as two-time defending champion Japan beat the Netherlands and secure first place in Pool 1.

Japan and the Nether­lands have qualified for the semifinals in San Francisco on March 17-18.

The game Tuesday was to decide the pool winner and runner-up.


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