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Posted: Saturday March 31, 2012 11:57PM ; Updated: Sunday April 1, 2012 1:55AM

Roundup: Kershaw, Kennedy struggle in tuneups

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was roughed up  for three runs in 3 2/3 innings on six hits.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was roughed up for three runs in 3 2/3 innings on six hits.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw's final spring tuneup was a clunker. Ian Kennedy wasn't much better.

Next up? Opening Day.

Kershaw and Kennedy both struggled Saturday, and the Los Angeles Dodgers went on to a 9-3 victory over an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad.

Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up three runs, six hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings for the Dodgers.

"I gave up runs and hits which constitutes a bad outing," he said. "Giving up hits was the main thing. I wasn't hitting a lot of spots but giving up hits was the problem."

The left-hander had been dominant this spring, yielding just three runs in 18 1/3 innings and holding opponents to a .203 average heading into Saturday's game.

"I like to pitch well no matter when I go out there," Kershaw said. "It is no fun to pitch bad. It doesn't count until April 5th so hopefully all the bad ones are out of my system."

Kennedy, who finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting last season, worked five innings and was charged with three runs and five hits. He gave up just one run in 11 innings over his two previous starts.

"I have been feeling better and better with command and my off-speed stuff, today too," Kennedy said. "Today's results aside, I am pretty happy with how things are going."

Matt Angle hit a two-run homer and Justin Sellers had two RBIs for Los Angeles. Ronald Belisario pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings.

Jason Kubel hit a two-run homer for Arizona. Craig Breslow allowed three runs and four hits in one inning.

Phillies 8, Blue Jays 5

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Roy Halladay pitched two innings in a rain-shortened final spring start as Philadelphia beat Toronto.

Halladay allowed two runs and three hits, struck out three and walked none before a 37-minute rain delay interrupted the exhibition game.

Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Luis Valbuena homered for Toronto. Bautista hit a solo drive off David Herndon for his fourth spring homer.

Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero prepped for his opening-day start by retiring all six batters he faced, striking out two.

Cardinals 6, Nationals 2

VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg pitched four innings in his tuneup to start on opening day for Washington in a loss to St. Louis.

Strasburg allowed three runs, two earned, all in the second inning. He gave up five hits overall, striking out three and walking one.

Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook gave up one run and two hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Yankees 11, Astros 9, 8 innings

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez each had two-run homers, 19-year-old Dante Bichette Jr. connected on the first two pitches he saw this spring and New York beat Houston in a game shortened to eight innings by rain.

The Yankees and Astros combined for nine home runs.

Jordan Lyles, bidding for one of two open spots in the Astros' rotation, gave up eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Justin Ruggiano, Carlos Lee, Brian Bogusevic and Chris Johnson hit home runs for the Astros in their final spring home game in Florida.

Twins 15, Pirates (ss) 3

FORT MYERS (AP) -- Justin Morneau continued his surge since moving to designated hitter, going 2 for 4 with a double to help Minnesota rough up Kevin Correia and a Pittsburgh split squad in a 15-3 win.

Correia gave up 10 runs and 12 hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Denard Span went 4 for 5 with a double for the Twins and Ryan Doumit homered and had two hits.

Reds 10, Giants 2

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jeff Francis scattered three hits across seven strong innings, leading Cincinnati to the victory.

Francis, bidding for a spot in the Reds' bullpen, gave up a one-out infield single to Melky Cabrera in the first and then retired 15 straight hitters before hitting Brett Pill with a pitch with two outs in the sixth.

Buster Posey walked and Joaquin Arias homered to left field with one out in the bottom of the seventh for the Giants' runs.

Joey Votto doubled, his third extra-base hit of the spring, and Scott Rolen had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Reds.

Pirates (ss) 6, Orioles 6, 9 innings

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Erik Bedard gave up four runs in five innings while preparing to start on opening day start for Pittsburgh, and a split squad of Pirates tied Baltimore.

The game was called after nine innings because both teams ran out of pitchers.

Bedard allowed five hits, walked two and struck out two. He's set to start on Thursday when the Pirates host Philadelphia.

The Orioles took a 4-1 lead in the fourth on consecutive home runs by Ronny Paulino and Jai Miller. Paulino's homer, his first of the spring, was a three-run shot.

Orioles starter Jake Arietta went five innings and gave up six runs and eight hits. He struck out five.

Red Sox 7, Rays 7, 9 innings

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria and Luke Scott homered for Tampa Bay, but four errors and a shaky relief outing from Wade Davis led to a tie with Boston.

The game was called after nine innings.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine left his regulars in Fort Myers and opted to bring minor leaguers and backups to Port Charlotte.

Rays manager Joe Maddon used a handful of relievers because scheduled starter Jeff Niemann was a late scratch because of a blister on his right middle finger. Niemann, who beat out Davis for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation, isn't expected to miss his first regular season start.

Davis gave up five runs-only one earned-on five hits in three innings.

Marlins 6, Mets 5

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Mark Buehrle allowed three earned runs in his final exhibition tuneup, and the Miami beat New York.

Buehrle gave up seven hits and four runs overall in 5 1/3 innings. He finished his first spring training with the Marlins with a 6.62 ERA.

Miguel Batista, who learned Friday he had made the team as a long reliever and spot starter, allowed a solo homer to Hanley Ramirez in the second inning.

Tigers 2, Braves 1, 6 innings

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP)-Justin Verlander tuned up for opening day with a crisp outing in his final spring start and Detroit beat Atlanta in a game called after six innings due to rain.

Verlander allowed four hits in six innings to finish the spring with a 2.02 ERA. The right-hander will make his next start on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.

Tommy Hanson also pitched six innings for the Braves, yielding five hits. He's also slated to start on opening day on Thursday against the New York Mets.

Brewers 10, Padres (ss) 7

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Mat Gamel hit a grand slam and a solo home run and Milwaukee topped a split squad of San Diego Padres.

Alex Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez also homered for the Brewers.

Gamel hit his slam off Padres starter Tim Stauffer and later connected against San Diego closer Huston Street.

Stauffer allowed six earned runs and seven hits in five innings. Street gave up four earned runs and two homers in his inning.

Jesus Guzman hit a three-run homer off Milwaukee starter Chris Narveson, who allowed seven runs and seven hits in five innings.

Ryan Braun had two hits for Milwaukee.

Mariners 6, Padres (ss) 1

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Kevin Millwood struck out eight in seven solid innings, leading the Mariners to the victory.

The veteran right-hander allowed one run on Andy Parrino's homer and five hits.

The Mariners fielded a team of minor leaguers behind Millwood while their regulars took the day to recuperate from a trip to Japan for two regular-season games.

The split-squad Padres had four projected starters in their lineup, with first baseman Yonder Alonso collecting a pair of hits off Millwood.

Padres left fielder Mark Kotsay left after the third inning with a calf injury, but manager Bud Black said it was a precaution.

Rockies 3, White Sox 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- John Danks was sharp in his final outing before starting on Opening Day, pitching six innings for the Chicago White Sox in a loss to Colorado.

Danks allowed one run and three hits, walking none and striking out two. He will pitch Friday at Texas.

Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz threw six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, struck out two and walked one. Pomeranz will join the Rockies' rotation as their fifth starter April 15.

Adam Dunn hit his fifth spring home run, connecting in the ninth for the White Sox against Matt Reynolds.

Angels 3, Cubs 3, 10 innings

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit his sixth home run this spring and the Angels played to 10-inning tie with the Cubs.

Pujols homered for the second straight day, connecting for a two-run shot in the first inning against Paul Maholm. Pujols had a career batting average of .564 (22 for 49) with two homers and eight RBIs in the regular season against Maholm.

Diamondbacks (ss) 10, Royals 3

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Geoff Blum and A.J. Pollock homered to lead Arizona's split squad over Kansas City.

Pollock led off the game with a home run on Danny Duffy's fourth pitch. He also scored on Blum's drive in the Diamondbacks' four-run fifth.

Eric Hosmer singled in a run for the Royals, extending his hitting streak to 12 games and increasing his RBI total to a Cactus League-leading 29.

Rangers 7, Indians 4

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Former closer Neftali Feliz pitched five innings and Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer to help Texas beat Cleveland.

Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis hit solo homers for the Indians, who have averaged 2.8 runs during a 10-game Cactus League losing streak.

Feliz, now Texas' No. 5 starter, allowed three runs and five hits in his first "A" game start since leaving a March 20 outing with right shoulder soreness.

Texas was without center fielder Josh Hamilton. He left Friday's game with a tight left groin and is day-to-day.

Cleveland starter Justin Masterson gave up seven hits and six runs over 3 2/3 innings in his final tuneup for his first opening-day start Thursday.

Athletics, River Cats 0, 7 innings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Tommy Milone pitched six perfect innings, Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer and Oakland routed its Triple-A Sacramento affiliate.

Milone struck out six and the A's showed no signs of jet lag in their first game since splitting their first two games of the regular season Wednesday and Thursday in Japan.

Oakland roughed up Sacramento starter Jarrod Parker, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings.

Josh Donaldson's solo homer in the fifth capped the scoring. The game was called after seven innings due to rain.

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