Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano and Boston’s Wade Miley tossed several scoreless innings apiece Saturday before bowing out in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie. Liriano, who was named the Pirates’ opening day starter, struck out six and scattered two hits and three walks over four innings. He threw 81 pitches and blamed the short outing on ”trying to overthrow, trying to be nasty.” Six Pirates pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts. Meanwhile, Miley struck out five, walked two and allowed two hits in five scoreless innings.

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Allow us to look beyond the caveat of “it’s only spring training” and simply marvel at the odds-defying accomplishment of the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. In a span of five batters during the third inning, Erick Aybar, C.J. Cron, Johnny Giavotella and Collin Cowgill each tripled against Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer, completing a feat that hasn’t occurred during a regular season game since the New York Giants did it against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 17, 1936. After David Freese started the inning with a strikeout, Aybar got the unlikely rally started with a sharp grounder down the right-field line that rolled to the corner. Cron immediately followed with a towering drive to left-center that Michael Bourn couldn’t corral. After a Chris Iannetta sacrifice fly, Giavotella continued the triples parade with a rocket shot to left-center. Cowgill then concluded the explosion with a drive to right-center. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] If you watch the video, you’ll notice that all four plays were relatively close at third base. Cron, who’s by far the slowest of the group, just beat the relay throw with a slide. Giavotella probably would have been out if third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall handled the throw cleanly. And Cowgill seemed dead to rights as well if not for a wide throw. As it stands, the aggressive running paid off for all four, and helped ignite an 11-5 victory. The Angels can also claim a rare place in baseball history, even if the triples will be wiped away in two weeks time. In fact, the Angels came incredibly close to equaling or surpassing two long-standing triples records. On September 15, 1901, the Chicago White Sox hit five triples in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers to set the single inning record. On May 6, 1934, Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell and Bucky Walters of the Boston Red Sox hit four consecutive triples against the Detroit Tigers, which is the only time that’s ever happened. The odds were strongly against the Angels, but they nearly did the unthinkable. Speaking of which, let’s shift the focus over to Trevor Bauer and his unforgettable spring. As you might recall, if was just 10 days ago that Bauer was on the wrong side of another baseball rarity when he allowed back-to-back-to-back homers to Chicago Cubs phenoms Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant. It’s like baseball Yahtzee, and Bauer is htting all of the biggest scoring categories right away. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] For most pitchers, that would be enough punishment to the rattle the confidence right out of them. However, Bauer seems to have a good sense of perspective and humor, and his manager Terry Francona usually knows what to say to keep things loose. “He’s come so far,” said Francona. “We were kidding him that I sent [pitching coach Mickey Callaway] out to the mound just so [outfielders Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn] could rest. He gets it. The ball really did come out of his hand really well. He’s throwing all his pitches.” It’s OK to joke now. For Bauer’s sake, though, here’s hoping the worst of it is out of his system before this starts counting against his record. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Cervelli homered twice off Kyle Gibson on Friday, leading a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

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Jose Bautista hit a long home run for the Toronto Blue Jays in a 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Bautista’s first-inning drive off Henry Owens easily cleared the 333-foot mark in left field and landed in a patch of oak trees. Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez allowed three runs on grounders by Brock Holt and Daniel Nava in the third and a sacrifice fly from Allen Craig in the sixth. Manager John Gibbons said though the team had originally planned for the 22-year-old to start the season in the bullpen, it likely doesn’t have much of a choice but to put him in the rotation after Marcus Stroman’s season-ending knee injury last Tuesday.

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A look at the highlights of what’s happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Friday:

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A look at the highlights of what’s happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Thursday:

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A long-running defamation lawsuit against former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens by his ex-trainer has been settled for an undisclosed amount of money to be paid by his insurer, attorneys said Wednesday after meeting with a federal judge. The deal, reached after closed-door negotiations before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak in Brooklyn, will not require the seven-time Cy Young Award winner to contribute any money or release any claims against ex-trainer Brian McNamee, attorneys for both men said. McNamee sued Clemens for defamation in 2008 after the pitcher said McNamee lied and manufactured evidence when he accused Clemens of using banned performance-enhancing drugs.

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After six weeks of relievers, it’s time to focus on stolen bases.

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A look at the highlights of what’s happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:

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Matthew Pouliot has 15 outfielders worthy of a longer look and five to avoid in this week’s Strike Zone.

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