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MLB roundup: Jeter goes 0-for-2 in spring debut

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter made his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday and went 0-for-2 at the plate while playing five innings in the field in an 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 39-year-old Jeter, who played in only 17 games last season because of a fractured ankle and leg problems, grounded into a double play his first time up against Pirates starter Charlie Morton and grounded out to third base against left-hander Jeff Locke in his second at-bat. Jeter batted second in the order behind outfielder Brett Gardner.

In the field, Jeter's only action was a tag at second base on a stolen base attempt.

---Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun wasted no time letting everyone know that he is back. After serving a 65-game suspension at the end of the 2013 season as part of the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal, Braun smacked a two-run homer in his first at-bat on Thursday in the Brewers' Cactus League opener against the Oakland Athletics in Phoenix.

The 30-year-old Braun, who played in just 61 games last year because of the suspension and injuries, smacked an 0-and-1 pitch from Oakland starter Tommy Milone over the wall in the left-field corner in the first inning.

---New Cincinnati manager Bryan Price plans to have the Reds run more. And he's not just talking about leadoff man Billy Hamilton.

"What we're going to do is open things up in spring training," Price said.

The Reds were 10th in the National League stolen bases last year. With Hamilton in the lineup, that is going to go up given he stole 155 bases in the minors two years ago. But Price wants shortstop Zack Cozart and third baseman Todd Frazier to run as well. Cozart, who stole 30 bases in 34 attempts in Triple-A in 2010, did not attempt a steal last year. Frazier, who stole 17 in 21 attempts in 2011 at Triple-A, stole six in 11 tries last year.

---St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia, who has missed significant time in the last two seasons because of shoulder problems, leading to labrum and rotator cuff surgery last May, probably will not be ready at the start of this season either.

Garcia, after experiencing discomfort following a throwing session before the exhibition season began, saw two doctors and then got a cortisone shot for his shoulder before returning to camp. But when he will pitch again is uncertain.

The 27-year-old Garcia is 39-25 in his Cardinals career, including 5-2 last year before he went on the disabled list, and is in the midst of a four-year contract that will pay him $7.75 million this year, $9.25 million next year, with team options of $11.5 million and $12 million for 2016-17.
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