Rays beat Cuban team


HAVANA >> In a landmark game attended by presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cuban national team 4-1 Tuesday in the first visit by a major league team to the communist island since 1999.

James Loney homered and drove in three runs, and Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay pitchers shut out the Cubans until the ninth inning.

But the game will be remembered less for the final score than for the two men sitting in the front row at Estadio Latinoamericano.

Obama signaled safe when Kevin Kiermaier safely slid home early, then shook hands with Castro.

The near-capacity crowd included former All-Stars Derek Jeter and Dave Winfield, along with Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel.

The Baltimore Orioles were the last big league team to play in Cuba, in 1999 during spring training.

Marlins 3, Red Sox 0

JUPITER, FLA. >> Jose Fernandez pitched five no-hit innings and the Miami Marlins held Boston to just one single, beating the Red Sox 3-0 Tuesday.

Fernandez struck out four and walked one. He threw 41 of his 60 pitches for strikes.

Blake Swihart singled with two outs in the eighth off Craig Breslow for Boston's hit.

The Marlins' regular season starting outfield had a good day at the plate. Giancarlo Stanton drove in his first run of spring training, Marcell Ozuna added two hits and scored twice, and Christian Yelich chipped in with a hit.

Twins 5, Orioles 1

FORT MYERS, FLA. >> Joe Mauer hit his first homer this spring, a two-run drive that sent a split squad of Minnesota Twins past the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Tuesday.

Mauer connected in the first inning for an opposite-field shot to left. Trevor Plouffe added a two-run homer in the fifth for the Twins.

Mike Wright, competing for a spot in the Orioles' rotation, went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Logan Darnell started for the Twins, going two innings, striking out two.

Caleb Joseph had two of the Orioles' four hits.


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