MLB SPRING RECAPS

MLB Recaps: Donaldson makes spring debut

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March 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm.

Mar 20, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) runs to first after a hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Photo Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 20, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) runs to first after a hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Photo Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 in his spring training debut Monday as the Toronto Blue Jays dropped an 8-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins in Dunedin, Fla. Donaldson returned from a calf injury and reached base twice with a walk and a fielding error by Minnesota second baseman Benji Gonzalez. Justin Smoak belted a pinch-hit home run for Toronto while Byung-ho Park and Miguel Sano homered for Minnesota.

Tigers 5, Mets 1

Matt Harvey dropped his fourth decision of the spring as Detroit beat New York in Lakeland, Fla. Harvey, who is working his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome, has a 7.30 ERA after allowing three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. James McCann and Nick Castellanos hit solo home runs for Detroit while starter Anibal Sanchez pitched four scoreless innings.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 4

Pablo Sandoval continued his productive spring with a two-run double and another two-base hit as Boston beat Baltimore in Fort Myers, Fla. Sandoval raised his average to .349 with a two-run double in the first inning and hit another double in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs for Boston while Pedro Alvarez homered for Baltimore.

Marlins 9, Braves 3

Marcell Ozuna hit his fourth home run of the spring and Brian Anderson drove in three runs as Miami routed Washington in Kissimmee, Fla. Miami starter Stephen Fife pitched four scoreless innings. Atlanta’s R.A. Dickey allowed six runs (four earned) and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Yankees 9, Nationals 3

Matt Holliday hit a two-run home run and New York defeated Washington in West Palm Beach, Fla. Gleyber Torres added a two-run double for the Yankees while starter Michael Pineda allowed three runs and one hit in 1 2/3 innings. Bryce Harper had two hits for the Nationals.

Pirates 5, Rays 4

Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer hit two-run home runs off Blake Snell and Pittsburgh edged Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte, Fla. Snell gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings. Jameson Taillon allowed two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Pirates.