TEMPE, Ariz. - A winter of sorrow has given way to a spring of contentment for Efren Navarro, whose superb exhibition season in the wake of his father's death has positioned the first baseman/outfielder for a spot on the Angels bench.
Facing his former team, Jeff Samardzija gave up two-run homers to Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan and solo shots to Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo as the White Sox lost 6-3 to the crosstown-rival Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Anthony Ranaudo pitched six solid innings and Elvis Andrus, Jake Smolinski and Chris Gimenez each drove in runs for Texas before the Oakland Athletics rallied in the ninth for a 7-6 victory Friday over the Rangers.
A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant in the probe into steroids illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.
Stephen Drew had a two-run single and Chris Young added a run-scoring double in a seven-run fifth inning, and the New York Yankees romped past the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0 in a game called in the top of the sixth because of rain.
Julio Teheran labored through 5 2-3 innings, allowing only two runs, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Clay Buchholz for 12 hits and four runs in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will be re-evaluated Saturday after banging his left shoulder in a collision with second baseman Jonathan Schoop during Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays.