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    April 13, 2019 3:02 AM BST
     his right foot when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game Friday , but manager Gabe Kapler said the team wasn’t overly worried.Initial X-rays were negative, the club said, and Harper left the ballpark for more detailed X-rays.“Bryce has a right foot contusion,” Kapler said after a 3-2 win over Toronto. “Right now we don’t have reason for major concern, but obviously we want to go inside and take a look first.”“Certainly extra scary given where we are in camp,” he said. “We’re confident and we understand we have a good club on the field and we’re confident that Bryce is going to be all right.”Many in the crowd at Spectrum Field gasped when Harper was struck by a 96 mph fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton in the sixth inning. The slugging outfielder went down to the dirt, clutched his ankle and stayed on the ground for a few moments.Harper was checked by a trainer, limped toward the dugout with assistance and soon hobbled toward the clubhouse.Recently signed to a record $330 million, 13-year contract, Harper was playing his fourth exhibition. He is 0 for 5 in 10 plate appearances.Philadelphia begins the season March 28 at home against Atlanta.SEVERINONew York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss all of April because of right shoulder inflammation.Severino had been scheduled to start on opening day on March 28 but was scratched from his first planned spring training appearance on March 5. He felt discomfort after throwing his first slider in a pregame bullpen session.“He’s going to have to start from scratch and have his spring training,” general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. “If it needs to be more, we’ve got to make sure we don’t have a problem with it.”Severino is set to resume playing catch next week.“I feel nothing right now,” Severino said. “I want to deal with this issue and be 100 percent.”Cashman also said center fielder Aaron Hicks, sidelined since hurting his back during batting practice on March 1, might not be ready for the opener against Baltimore.PHILLIES 3 Ferguson Jenkins Jersey , BLUE JAYS 2Starter Nick Pivetta, who plans to rely more on his changeup, gave up one run and three hits in five innings.Freddy Galvis and Kevin Pillar homered. Left-hander Ryan Borucki struck out five in 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run and just three hits. John Axford got one out in the ninth, allowing two runs, two hits and two walks.YANKEES 14, RED SOX 1Aaron Judge hit his fifth home run, and Domingo German allowed two hits over four shutout innings with six strikeouts.Hector Velazquez gave up four runs — one earned — and three hits in 1 2/3 innings.ANGELS (SS) 5, GIANTS 5, 9 INNINGSPlayers and fans at Scottsdale Stadium were surprised when San Francisco and the Angels began the ninth inning with a runner on second — it’s an experiment Major League Baseball is trying in spring training, following a rule that all levels of the minors used last year. The confusion came because MLB announced Thursday that the new wrinkle would start in extra innings, but told teams they could try it in the ninth.Despite the advantage, neither team scored. Pablo Sandoval flied out with runners on second and first to end it.San Francisco starter Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte was sent to the minors by the Giants.ASTROS 5, CARDINALS 0Houston manager A.J. Hinch was ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez one pitch into the bottom of the first inning. Hernandez called a strike on George Springer, and soon Hernandez and Hinch were arguing.ASTROS (SS) 11 , CARDINALS 2Houston starter Wade Miley struck out five in four innings. Jake Marisnick homered off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright.PIRATES 6, RAYS (SS) 6, 9 INNINGSFrancisco Cervelli, Josh Bell, Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang homered for Pittsburgh.Austin Meadows had two hits for Tampa Bay and is batting .343 this spring.RAYS (SS) 7, TIGERS 3Yandy Diaz, the muscular corner infielder acquired from Cleveland in the Jake Bauers trade, hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs. Ryne Stanek gave up a hit and struck out three in a two-inning start. Spencer Turnbull allowed one run and five hits in four innings.MARLINS 7, BRAVES 6Wei-Yin Chen gave up three runs and seven hits in four innings, and 23-year-old Pablo Lopez gave up one run and five hits in five innings.Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. Jonny Venters struck out two in an inning but allowed a run and two hits.TWINS 12, ORIOLES 9Michael Pineda, returning from Tommy John surgery, allowed three runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings. Ehire Adrianza hit a pair of two-run homers for the Twins, who went deep six times.Baltimore starter David Hess gave up nine runs and nine hits — four of them homers — in 2 2/3 innings.NATIONALS 11 Ryan Rua Jersey , METS 3Yan Gomes and Anthony Rendon each hit a pair of home runs, and Adam Eaton, Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Adams each had one.Washington outfielder Michael A. Taylor will be sidelined with a sprained left knee and sprained left hip. “I think he’s going to miss a significant amount of time,” manager Dave Martinez said.Jeremy Hellickson gave up one run and five hits in five innings. Steven Matz allowed eight runs on seven hits — four of them homers — in two innings.ANGELS (SS) 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1Albert Pujols hit his second spring home run for Los Angeles. New closer Cody Allen started and worked two innings.Arizona starter Merrill Kelly allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings.RANGERS 5, INDIANS 2Texas starter Jason Hammel gave up two hits and struck out five in four scoreless innings.Carlos Carrasco struck out six over 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs and five hits. Trayce Thompson hit a solo home run for the Indians.CUBS 11, WHITE SOX 9Chicago starter Cole Hamels walked three and gave up five earned runs on five hits while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings. Albert Amora Jr. hit a solo home run in the first inning. Kyle Schwarber had two hits and stole his second base of the spring.Lucas Giolito struck out seven over five innings. Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer.BREWERS 6, PADRES 2Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff gave up two hits over five scoreless innings, striking out seven. Ryan Braun had two hits. Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is a friend of star outfielder Christian Yelich, worked out with the Brewers.Eric Lauer, San Diego’s first-round draft pick in 2016, threw four innings of hitless relief, striking out six.ROCKIES 2 Drew Robinson Jersey , ROYALS 1Ryan McMahon hit a winning single in the ninth inning for Colorado.Kansas City reliever Drew Storen didn’t record an out, walking one and giving up McMahon’s hit.DODGERS 8, REDS 1Paulo Orlando’s pinch-hit grand slam off Cincinnati reliever Brandon Finnegan capped Los Angeles’ eight-run eighth inning.The Dodgers entered the inning trailing 1-0 before scoring four runs off Anthony Bass, including Alex Verdugo’s two-run double. SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners fans have waited longer than any supporters in North America for a return to the postseason.General manager Jerry Dipoto is asking Seattle to wait a little bit more.Dipoto continued a whirlwind reshaping of the Mariners’ roster Monday by sending Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets and Jean Segura, James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to Philadelphia. In exchange, Seattle received a bundle of prospects and freed up significant salary space for after the 2020 season.“This is what a reset looks like,” Dipoto said.Dipoto believes the flurry of moves he’s made in the past few weeks can get the Mariners into contention by 2021, calling the strategy a “step back” rather than a rebuild, even though it could take longer than a couple of seasons for Seattle to return to relevancy.The Mariners have been the busiest team in baseball, making wholesale changes to begin the offseason. Salary and experience are being swapped for youth and hope, with an eye on opening a competitive window when the American League’s current superpowers — including AL West-rival Houston — may finally take a step back.Patience is a big ask from a fan base that hasn’t seen the playoffs since 2001, the longest postseason drought in North American professional sports. That streak is almost certain to continue for a few more seasons, although Dipoto doesn’t consider this to be a full tear-down.“For those who have already determined that this is what ripping it down to the studs looks like, there’s still quite a way to go to do that. We still have fair bit of talent on this team,” he said.Still , there’s a significant amount of talent that has left Seattle in the past few weeks.Cano and Diaz — gone to the Mets.Segura, Nicasio, Pazos — gone to Philadelphia.James Paxton — gone to the Yankees.Alex Colome — gone to the White Sox.Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia — gone to Tampa Bay.Many of those moves were expected. Seattle figured to shed salary and try to get younger after finishing third in the AL West despite an 89-73 record.But this sell-off has left the roster almost unrecognizable. There are only two players remaining from the 40-man roster Dipoto inherited in September of 2015— Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez.The decision to deal Diaz signals a change. The All-Star closer could have been a core part of the future, along with Mitch Haniger and Marco Gonzales. Instead, he was used to get Seattle out from under a big chunk of Cano’s remaining contract and pry two former first-round picks away from the Mets. That move means this “reset” is going deeper than originally planned.“This is mostly what we anticipated doing. I say mostly because we didn’t anticipate moving Robbie Cano and as a result we didn’t anticipate moving Edwin,” Dipoto said. “But the rest of it is much by design and as I can’t say we’re completely done yet I think most of the heavy lifting is done.”Seattle was stuck in a strange baseball purgatory — not good enough to catch the AL’s elite, but with big money tied up in veterans who just propelled the team to 89 wins. It wasn’t sustainable going forward, leading to the decision to make such a drastic shift.The prospects Seattle landed Monday — outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-handed pitchers Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista from the Mets; and shortstop J.P. Crawford from the Phillies — can all end up playing a major role in Seattle’s future success. Seattle also got veterans Jay Bruce, Carlos Santana and Anthony Swarzak.Those young players come with risk, and the shift has to be sold to a fan base that’s been eroded during this postseason drought and must accept it will likely be a few more years before that becomes a possibility again.“The payroll we have pulled back can be better purposed when we get to our open window. We didn’t really make the 2019 team any cheaper,” Dipoto said. “But we made the 2021, 2022 teams considerably more flexible with these deals and that’s a part of the idea to put ourselves in position where our young players are out there on the field … that team can be augmented by the free agent market for what we would view the free-agent market as, which would be to finish a team not to build one.”