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Spring roundup: Red Sox LHP Sale smacked by line drive

Boston left-hander Chris Sale departed in the first inning after being hit by a line drive in the hip, and the Red Sox went on to post a 6-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday at Fort Myers, Fla.

Sale was facing his fourth batter of the game when Houston’s J.D. Davis sent a liner right at him. The ball smashed into Sale’s left hip and the Boston ace went down to the ground in obvious pain, but he was relieved to hear later that he only suffered a bruise.

“I don’t see anything lingering from this,” Sale told reporters, insisting he would make Thursday’s Opening Day start against the Tampa Bay Rays. “It looked a lot worse than it actually is.”

Xander Bogaerts homered and had two RBIs and Mitch Moreland contributed a two-run triple for Boston. The Astros were 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.

Other results from Saturday’s spring training games:

Yankees (ss) 13, Blue Jays 6

Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Zack Zehner each hit two-run homers to help New York cruise past Toronto at Tampa, Fla. Yangervis Solarte went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the Blue Jays.

Pirates 7, Rays 5

Francisco Cervelli and Will Craig homered to help Pittsburgh defeat Tampa Bay at Bradenton, Fla. Matt Duffy and Adeiny Hechavarria drove in two runs apiece for the Rays.

Phillies 4, Tigers 1

Right-hander Drew Hutchison allowed one hit over four shutout innings to help Philadelphia knock off Detroit at Lakeland, Fla. The Tigers scored their run on a ninth-inning wild pitch by right-hander Jake Thompson.

Cardinals 8, Mets 7

Lane Thomas delivered a ground single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift St. Louis past New York at Jupiter, Fla. Adrian Gonzalez and Todd Frazier stroked back-to-back run-scoring doubles in a five-run fifth as the Mets took a 6-0 lead.

Marlins 4, Nationals 3

Yadiel Rivera went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as Miami edged Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer gave up four runs and eight hits and struck out nine in seven innings in his final spring tune-up.

Yankees (ss) 8, Braves 3

Aaron Hicks and Ryan McBroom each hit solo homers in the fourth inning to help New York defeat Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla. Ozzie Albies hit a two-run shot for Atlanta.

–Field Level Media

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