Friday’s baseball spring training snapshots

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A quick look a Friday’s spring training baseball games:

Twins 5, Red Sox 0

At Fort Myers, Fla., Justin Morneau marked his return for Minnesota with a two-run double and Tim Wakefield tossed two scoreless innings for Boston in his first post-surgery appearance in a victory by the Twins over the Red Sox.

Morneau doubled to right in the first inning against Jon Lester, his first on-field action since a stress fracture in his lower back shut him down in mid-September.

Wakefield had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back last October. The 43-year-old knuckleballer threw 16 of his 21 pitches for strikes, giving up one hit without a walk.

Lester gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in an inning.

At Surprise, Ariz., Zack Greinke pitched three scoreless innings. He struck out three and walked none. David Murphy’s two-out single in the first was the only hit Greinke allowed.

Scott Feldman, a 17-game winner last season with the Rangers, allowed a run on three hits in two innings.

Rick Ankiel tripled in the fourth and scored on Alberto Callaspo’s sacrifice fly.

At Tampa, Fla., New York’s right-hander Joba Chamberlain struggled in his first spring training start, allowing five runs, three hits and three walks in 1 1-3 innings.

Phil Hughes, Chamberlain’s main rival for the Yankees’ No. 5 starter role, allowed one run and one hit, a solo shot in the first by Sean Rodriguez, in two innings.

Tampa Bay left-hander David Price allowed two hits over 1 2-3 scoreless innings. He struck out two and walked one.

At Dunedin, Fla., Lyle Overbay hit a three-run double and Jose Bautista a two-run double during an eight-run fourth inning for the Blue Jays.

Right-hander Brandon Morrow, acquired by the Blue Jays in a trade with Seattle, pitched two hitless innings in his first bid to become part of their starting rotation.

Phillies reliever J.C. Ramirez gave up four runs on five hits in 1 1-3 innings.

At Port St. Lucioe, Fla., the Marlins’ Chris Volstad and Mets’ Jon Niese each looked sharp in their spring mound debuts.

Niese gave up a run in 2 2-3 innings and struck out five. He walked two and gave up three singles. Niese was sidelined by a hamstring tear after making five starts last season.

Volstad struck out two in two scoreless innings. He gave up two singles and did not walk a batter.

Mets new outfielder Jason Bay doubled to right to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the third.

At Jupiter, Fla., Brad Penny pitched two innings in his St. Louis debut, allowing three runs and six hits. Three of those hits were soft flyballs that landed just beyond the infield.

Designated hitter Shawn Riggans drove in the go ahead run with a single and Frank Catalanotto’s pinch-hit triple in the ninth scored two runs.

At Lakeland, Fla., Joel Zumaya allowed three runs in two innings.

Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez allowed three runs in two innings. He walked three.

Houston reliever Polin Trinidad walked all four batters he faced to lead off the eighth inning before being lifted.

At Scottsdale, Ariz., Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer to spoil Jeff Francis’ return to the mound for Colorado after missing the entire 2009 season.

Francis, who had shoulder surgery in February 2009 and had not pitched since Sept. 12, 2008, gave up four runs on four hits and walked two while throwing 33 pitches in two innings.

Giants right-hander Matt Cain looked solid in his first spring outing, giving up a run on five hits while striking out two in three innings.

Organizations: Mets, Rangers, Yankees Blue Jays Phillies Astros

Geographic location: Minnesota, Boston, Surprise, Ariz. Tampa, Fla. New York Dunedin, Fla. Seattle Port St. Lucioe Jason Bay Jupiter, Fla. St. Louis Lakeland, Fla. Scottsdale, Ariz. Colorado

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