Alex Rodriguez made his exhibition debut at third base, cleanly handling his only chance, and the New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals, 3-2, Sunday.
Rodriguez, the designated hitter in two earlier games, hit a pop-fly double and struck out in five innings. He made a nice backhanded grab on Tyler Moore's grounder and threw him out to end the third.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman. Rodriguez will compete primarily for at-bats at DH as he returns from a one-year drug suspension.
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn left his team's spring training game against Miami with a left hip flexor strain.
Lynn departed after the first three batters reached base in the second inning Sunday. He'll be reevaluated Monday to determine extent of injury, the Cardinals said.
Collmenter to start
In one of the least surprising announcements out of Arizona Diamondbacks camp this spring training, manager Chip Hale has confirmed that Josh Collmenter will be the team's opening day starter.
Hale says he decided to end speculation after the 29-year-old right-hander cruised through two scoreless innings in his spring training debut on Saturday.
Collmenter was 11-9 with a 3.46 ERA last season.