FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Summer is almost here. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45.
Baseball teams are on the field.
A day after the scheduled exhibition opener was rained out, baseball returned to the ballparks of Florida and Arizona on Friday with the first spring training games.
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox began their hoped-for journey to a second straight title with a 6-0 victory over Northeastern University. The Phillies — still without Bryce Harper, at least for now — beat Tampa Bay 3-2. The Tigers topped Southeastern University of Florida 12-2. Suzuki started what may be his final spring training with a two-run, two-out single in the third inning of the Seattle Mariners’ 8-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.