FORT MYERS, Fla. — Wandy Rodriguez pitched four strong innings in his third spring- training start and the Pittsburgh Pirates held slumping David Ortiz hitless Wednesday night in beating the Boston Red Sox, 4-2.
Ortiz went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He is hitting .067, going 2 for 30 with 10 strikeouts this spring.
Rodriguez gave up one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy, in his second start after recovering from a cut on his finger, went 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run and four hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Travis Ishikawa had two hits, including his second home run for the Pirates. Travis Snider went 2 for 4.
Dustin Pedroia led off the fourth with a double, scoring on a single by Xander Bogaerts.
• Ivan Nova pitched two-hit ball while working into the seventh inning for the first time this spring, and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 at Kissimmee, Fla.
Nova didn’t walk a batter and didn’t allow a runner past second base. He said he felt like he could have kept going until he was pulled after allowing a double to Ryan Doumit.
Carlos Beltran had three hits and drove in two runs for the Yankees.
• Wil Myers, Sean Rodriguez and Jayson Nix homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays scored six runs on 10 hits against Wei-Yin Chin in a 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Sarasota, Fla.
• J.A. Happ gave up three runs, three hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings, but Jose Bautista bailed him out, hitting two homers to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Philadelphia Phillies 11-6 at Dunedin, Fla.
• Sam Fuld scored two runs on two singles and a walk, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Cleveland Indians 13-3 at Goodyear, Ariz.
Fuld has scored 13 runs in 12 games as the A’s leadoff hitter.
• Albert Pujols doubled twice, Mike Trout hit a solo homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 14-10 at Glendale, Ariz.
Jordan Danks hit his fifth homer of spring training for the White Sox.
Howie Kendrick went 3 for 3 for the Angels to raise his average to .441.
• Mark Reynolds homered for the second straight day, one of the five Brewers to homer in a 9-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Peoria, Ariz.
Seattle’s Robinson Cano returned after leaving the team late last week to attend to personal business in the Dominican Republic, and went 1 for 4 with two RBI. Cano has a hit in 9 of 10 spring-training games and is batting .556.
RANGERS: Greg Maddux will throw the ceremonial first pitch before Texas’ season opener.
Maddux, a special assistant to the Rangers’ general manager, will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame later this year after he was a first-ballot selection. His first pitch March 31 will be caught by his brother, Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux.
BRAVES: Pitcher Kris Medlen had elbow-ligament replacement surgery for the second time.
The Braves said Dr. James Andrews reconstructed the ulnar collateral ligament in Medlen’s right elbow during the procedure at Gulf Breeze, Fla. Medlen is expected to miss the entire season.
DODGERS-DIAMONDBACKS: Los Angeles and Arizona are expected to sell out Sydney Cricket Stadium twice this weekend for their season-opening series.
DODGERS: Manager Don Mattingly said he doesn’t expect a right shoulder injury to left fielder Carl Crawford during a minor league game Tuesday to be serious.
Mattingly said that no MRI exams or other scans were scheduled “but that could change.”
PHILLIES: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins was calm, cool and composed. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. couldn’t have been more livid.
Both were responding to an ESPN.com report that claimed there are some in the organization who want Rollins to be a better leader through his work habits. The website said that a trade was possible.
After morning batting practice, Rollins said he had heard about the report.
“I have a whole bunch of friends who are calling me or emailing me and asking what is going on,” Rollins said.
Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause, was relaxed as he discussed the matter and did not seem irritated for one simple reason.
“Because they can’t trade me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter.”
Amaro was more outspoken on the subject.
“It’s absolutely silly … Jimmy Rollins is our shortstop,” Amaro said. “One of the ways we’re going to be able to win is with Jimmy being Jimmy. In fact, those are the kinds of articles that get thrown out there: Not only are they a distraction, they’re dangerous and they’re untrue.”
Rollins will be paid $11 million this year. His option in 2015 will be guaranteed for $11 million if he has 434 plate appearances this year and does not end the season on the disabled list.
NATIONALS: Stephen Strasburg will make his third straight opening-day start for Washington.
Manager Matt Williams named Strasburg as his No. 1 starter after Wednesday’s game against the Houston Astros.