Andres Torres hit a run-scoring single to highlight a four-run fifth inning and the San Francisco Giants came back from a three-run deficit to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-3, yesterday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The game featured a first-inning confrontation between Giants lefthander Barry Zito and Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder.
With two outs and a runner at first base, Zito’s first pitch hit Fielder squarely in the back, an apparent retaliatory gesture for Fielder’s antics during a walkoff home run against the Giants Sept. 6 in Milwaukee.
Zito wouldn’t admit plunking Fielder on purpose, but the intent was evident. There had been rumblings in recent days that a payback would occur.
“My fastball was running in and it just got away from me,’’ Zito said.
While plate umpire Ted Barrett walked about halfway between the plate and the mound, Fielder walked to first base, tossed the ball lightly in Zito’s direction and clapped his hands.
Fielder claimed he wasn’t expecting to be hit and didn’t like it, but apparently was willing to let it slide - this time, at least.
“If that’s what they gotta do, let them hit me once, if it makes them feel better,’’ he said.
Meet the Mets Jason Bay
made his first appearance in a Mets uniform, going 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout in a 17-11 win over the Cardinals in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Bay, the former Red Sox
left fielder, signed a four-year, $66 million contract in December . . . In other Mets news, shortstop Jose Reyes
was scratched from yesterday’s lineup for follow-up lab work related to his team physical, but a team spokesperson said he has been cleared to play. Reyes did not provide any specific reasons for the tests except to say that it was part of a routine physical . . . Also, Mets ace Johan Santana
completed his last big test before pitching in a game, facing hitters for the first time since having surgery on his left elbow late last season.
Kings of the hill
In a battle of aces in Clearwater, Fla., Roy Halladay
pitched two perfect innings in his Phillies debut in a 3-2 win over the Yankees
and CC Sabathia
. Halladay had three strikeouts while Sabathia allowed two hits in two shutout innings . . . Tigers starter Dontrelle Willis
, who missed much of last season after being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, pitched two scoreless innings in a 9-7 loss to the Blue Jays in Lakeland, Fla. . . . The Dodgers signed veteran outfielder Garret Anderson
, 37, to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp.
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