PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Robinson Cano returned from a four-game absence after a root canal procedure and went 3 for 3 as a split squad of Seattle Mariners lost to the Kansas City Royals 8-2 yesterday. Cano missed four games following the dental work. He singled twice off James Shields. The Royals ace later picked off Cano at third base.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training yesterday during the Detroit Tigers' 17-5 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals. AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2-3 scoreless innings. St. Louis pitchers gave up double-digit runs for the second straight day.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals have introduced new Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz. Diaz went through a practice yesterday before the Cardinals played Detroit. Diaz will return to Mexico to finalize his work visa. Diaz can work out with the big league club but can only play in games on the back fields until that issue is cleared.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas center Joel Embiid is expected to miss the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Embiid got a second opinion on his ailing lower back from a specialist in Los Angeles yesterday. The school says Embiid's treatment for the injury makes him "unlikely to play in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament."
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