Jimmy Rollins was 0 for 4 in his return to Philadelphia’s lineup after a three-game benching and N.L. MVP Andrew McCutchen hit his third home run of spring training in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Friday in Brandenton, Fla.
Rollins grounded out twice, took a called third strike and flied out.
A day earlier, Rollins said he thought manager Ryne Sandberg was upset about something, which caused the benching, but Sandberg said he had wanted to give Freddy Galvis some at-bats with the season’s start a few weeks off.
Royals sign Tomko
Brett Tomko, a 14-year big league veteran who turns 41 on April 7, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.
Tomko has pitched only 17 2/3 innings in the majors since 2009, making eight relief appearances in 2011 with Texas. He was 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA in 19 starts last year with York in the independent Atlantic League.
Twins, Perkins agree
Closer Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a four-year contract that guarantees the pitcher $22,175,000.
His new contract calls for him to earn $4,025,000 this year, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017. The Twins have a $6.5 million option for 2018 with a $700,000 buyout.
Cubs name starter
Jeff Samardzija will start opening day for the Chicago Cubs on March 31 at the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs announced.
The Chicago right-hander struck out 214 last season in 213 2/3 innings, but had a 4.34 ERA and an 8-13 record.
Yankees in Panama
The New York Yankees prepared for a pair of exhibition games against the Miami Marlins in the home country of Mariano Rivera, the retired career saves leader.
A fundraising dinner for Rivera’s foundation and the games today and Sunday at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama, highlight a weekend that is a tribute to the pitcher, who retired after last season.
A’s starters injured
Oakland Athletics starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin have arm injuries and could start the season on the disabled list.
Manager Bob Melvin says Parker, who was set to start on opening day, has right forearm soreness and will see Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday.
Andrews performed reconstructive elbow surgery on Parker in 2009, and the right-hander missed the 2010 season.
Melvin also said Griffin has a sore right elbow and will have a MRI.