KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Robinson Cano and Zoilo Almonte homered for the New York Yankees, who opened spring training with an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Cano and Mark Teixeira were the only big names who made the trip to Disney World with the injury-plagued Yankees. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mariano Riviera are all still in rehab mode.
Almonte hit a two-run homer in the third inning off Jordan Walden, while Cano went deep in the fifth. The Braves didn’t help their pitchers with three errors and a passed ball.
Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer that landed halfway up the berm in left field and set up Atlanta’s other run with a double.
Smoak homers for Mariners
At Peoria, Ariz., Jason Bay and Justin Smoak (USC) hit two-run home runs for the Mariners in an 8-6 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Smoak, the switch-hitting cleanup hitter who underwhelmed with a .217 average in 2012, hit a home run to right field from the left side of the plate that gave Seattle a 4-0 lead.
Marlins’ catcher hurt
Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis has broken his right collarbone in the team’s spring training opener and is expected to be out six weeks.
Mathis was injured in the fourth inning when he was hit by a foul ball off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday.
Marlins rookie manager Mike Redmond says it’s a big blow to the club because Miami doesn’t have a lot of depth behind the plate.
Blue Jays get Schwimer
The Philadelphia Phillies have traded reliever Michael Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league first baseman Art Charles.
The 27-year-old Schwimer was 2-1 with a 4.46 ERA in 35 games for the Phillies last season. The 6-foot-8 right-hander has made 47 relief appearances in the majors.
Bloody sock on auction block
The bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling during the 2004 World Series is set to be sold off — a casualty of sorts of the high-profile collapse of the former Boston Red Sox pitcher’s video game company.
Online bidding opened several weeks ago at $25,000 and by Friday had reached $60,000. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, says he expects the sock will fetch at least $100,000 — though probably a lot more — in Saturday night bidding at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion.
Schilling had loaned the sock to the Hall of Fame after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 for the first time in 86 years. But it was returned to him last year so he could sell it to cover millions in loans for his startup.