On Sunday, 20 March 2023, Max Fried pitched a superb 6 1/3 innings against Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Florida. Fried remained undefeated this spring, conceding only one hit and striking out five with two walks. He has not given up an earned run in 11 1/3 innings this season. Marcell Ozuna’s three-run homer in the third inning took the lead to five and completed the score for the visiting Atlanta Braves. Twins’ Kenta Maeda gave up all five runs, along with five hits, in just four innings, leaving his team with only two hits. The match between Baltimore and New York in Tampa, Florida, saw Baltimore’s split squad beat New York 5-3, with Anthony Bemboom hitting a three-run homer in the fifth inning, giving Baltimore a four-run lead. DJ LeMahieu scored a run and went 2-for-3, raising his spring average to .400. The game between Miami and Houston in Sarasota, Florida, saw Victor Mesa Jr. hit a leadoff homer off Brandon Bielak in the ninth inning, helping Miami secure a 5-4 victory. Mesa finished with two RBIs, and teammate Garrett Cooper added two runs. Meanwhile, for the Astros, Corey Julks had two hits and three RBIs. In Port St. Lucie, Florida, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 8-7 despite DJ Stewart hitting for the cycle for New York. Nolan Gorman provided the Cardinals’ fifth-inning runs on a home run. In the game between the Red Sox and Phillies in Clearwater, Florida, Greg Allen hit a grand slam in the sixth inning, helping Boston beat Philadelphia 9-5. Rhys Hoskins hit his third homer of the spring, a solo shot in the first inning. Harold Ramirez’s RBI single in the third inning helped the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rays starter Drew Rasmussen (2-0) allowed only two hits in five innings, walking none and striking out two. For the Blue Jays, starter Alek Manoah (1-2) gave up one run and five hits in six innings, walking one and striking out four. The game between Baltimore’s split squad and Pittsburgh in Sarasota, Florida, saw Adley Rutschman and Heston Kjerstad each hit two-run home runs, with starter Kyle Gibson pitching five innings of three-hit ball for the Orioles. Gibson struck out seven and did not walk a batter, while Nomar Mazara added a two-run double for the Orioles. The game between the Nationals and the Tigers in West Palm Beach, Florida, saw Jacob Young score on an error by Detroit shortstop Corey Joyce on Franklin Barreto’s ground ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give host Washington the victory 2-1. Spencer Torkelson went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Tigers. In Goodyear, Arizona, Richie Palacios hit a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning, helping the Cleveland Guardians beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1. Jonathan Morales’ RBI double supplied the Rockies’ only run. In Surprise, Arizona, Texas beat Seattle 2-1, with Jacob deGrom striking out four in three scoreless innings. He only allowed two hits, with Josh Jung homering for the Rangers, and Tanner Kirwer scoring on a wild pitch for the Mariners. In Mesa, Arizona, Yan Gomes went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 5-2.
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