SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir left Monday’s game against Colorado after his first pitch of the second inning due to tightness on his left side.

The 33-year-old left-hander said he was tight in his hip, side and rear through the pregame bullpen and the first inning, and told pitching coach Rick Honeycutt about it between innings.

“I couldn’t fire my backside, so there was no power, no direction, and it’s a tough way to pitch,” Kazmir said. “It’s something where you scratch your head because we’ve been on it constantly.”

He was 10-6 with a 4.56 in 26 last starts last season, his first with the Dodgers, struggling with mechanics and flexibility because of injuries.

METS: Since the offseason, Manager Terry Collins has been open about his intention to get Tim Tebow into Grapefruit League games. And that opportunity has arrived, with the former Heisman Trophy winner set to be the designated hitter Wednesday when the Mets host the Red Sox in a split-squad game.

Collins said Tebow could play the outfield Friday, when the Mets are scheduled for another split-squad game. Tebow, 29, hadn’t played baseball since high school when he signed a minor-league deal with the Mets in September.


BREWERS 14, INDIANS (ss) 4: Cleveland starter Corey Kluber went 21/3 innings and gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks.

Matt Garza started for Milwaukee and allowed two runs and five hits. Joba Chamberlain, a non-roster invitee, threw an inning of scoreless relief. Travis Shaw had a two-run single, walked twice and scored twice.

METS 8, MARLINS 2: Lefty Steven Matz pitched two scoreless innings in his first game since having elbow surgery in October. Travis d’Arnaud and L.J. Mazzilli, son of former Mets star Lee Mazzilli, homered for New York.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his first spring home run for Miami. Free agent addition Edinson Volquez threw 31/3 innings, allowing one run.

CUBS 13, ANGELS 10: Jason Heyward ended his 0-for-15 start to spring training with a home run, double and three RBI. Kris Bryant had two hits and scored twice, and Kyle Schwarber tripled for the Cubs. Jake Arrieta struggled through two innings, allowing three runs.

PIRATES 13, YANKEES 1: Jordy Mercer homered for Pittsburgh while former first-round pick Austin Meadows hit a two-run double.

ORIOLES 7, TIGERS 2: Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy struck out three in three shutout innings. Johnny Giavotella had an RBI single in the third to start a six-run burst.

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