Houston at Toronto

W: A. White (1-0) L: B. Lincoln (0-1)
HR: HOU - G. Springer (1),G. Springer (2)   TOR - J. Arencibia (1)

Astros 10, Blue Jays 1


DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Houston outfield prospect George Springer impressed during his first start in two big league spring training camps.

Springer hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Jeffress in the fourth inning and a two-run drive against Claudio Vargas in the fifth, helping the Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 Wednesday.

"It's always good to have some success, but it's better to help us win," said Springer, taken by Houston with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft. "We beat a great Toronto team today that's an outstanding lineup over there but as a team, we swung the bat well and, obviously, threw the ball well."

The rebuilding Astros, 29th among the 30 big league teams in batting average last year, had 18 hits, including two each by Springer, J.D. Martinez, Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan.

Astros starter Alex White allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in his spring training debut. White, taken by Cleveland with the 15th pick of the 2009 draft, as obtained from Colorado during the offseason for right-hander Wilton Lopez. White was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA for the Rockies last season.

"Our system would tell us that he is better," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "A lot of times when a player goes from Cleveland to Colorado, there are some aspects of their report that you probably just want to throw out. You look at the stuff and you say to yourself that I believe this stuff would play better in our ballpark. It's a big arm. We believe that his best years of baseball are definitely ahead of him."

Houston chased starter Brad Lincoln two outs into his spring training debut. The right-hander faced six batters, allowing four runs on a single, two doubles and a walk.

Blue Jays leadoff batter Jose Reyes raised his spring batting average to .625 with three singles. Reyes is 5 for 8 with five singles in three games.

J.P. Arencibia homered in the third off Wesley Wright. Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, three of the top four hitters in Toronto's starting batting order, going a combined 1 for 9, with a single by Cabrera.

"Everybody's expecting us to be automatic, but you look around the league. There's a lot of teams out there that can win this thing," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "You have teams that have been through it and they expect to win. They're used to winning, and those guys got the advantage there. But we still haven't done anything with so many new guys. You hope it comes together, but you never really know for sure."

NOTES: Having lost track of the words during two attempts at "O Canada" that he cut short without finishing, anthem singer Jeff Fuller then broke into "The Star-Spangled Banner." He lost track of those words, as well, but fans sang along and he made it through. Fans applauded as he left the field. "Ahah how bout the guy singing the national anthems today ??" Toronto's Brett Lawrie tweeted. "Ahah woee boyy." ... Blue Jays 1B Lars Anderson met with reporters for the first time since being claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

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Players of the Game

J. Reyes
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0

G. Springer
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2

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Houston Astros
Tyler Greene, SS3000010 .000
    Jacob Elmore, SS-2B2010000 .300
   a- Marc Krauss, PH1010001 .600
Robbie Grossman, LF3110111 .500
    Jimmy Paredes, RF2000015 .100
Brett Wallace, 1B2110101 .417
    Brandon Laird, 3B3010012 .286
J.D. Martinez, RF3021000 .300
    Brandon Barnes, PR-RF^LF^CF1110100 .333
Fernando Martinez, DH3212010 .286
   b- Jose Martinez, PH-DH-2B2000013 .250
Matt Dominguez, 3B2221000 .500
    Nate Freiman, 1B3010011 .385
Carlos Corporan, C2121000 .667
    Rene Garcia, C1000001 .000
   c- Chris Wallace, PH-C1000112 .000
George Springer, CF3225011 .500
    Trevor Crowe, LF0000000 .250
Delino Deshields Jr., 2B3010010 .167
    Jonathan Villar, SS2010012 .111
a-singled for Elmore in the 9th
b-struck out for F. Martinez in the 6th
c-walked for Garcia in the 7th
2B - Robbie Grossman (3, Lincoln), Brett Wallace (1, Germano), J.D. Martinez (1, Vargas), Fernando Martinez (1, Vargas), Matt Dominguez (2, Lincoln), Nate Freiman (2, Hottovy), Carlos Corporan 2 (2, Magnuson, Jeffress)
HR - George Springer 2 (2, Jeffress, Vargas)
RBI - J.D. Martinez (1), Fernando Martinez 2 (3), Matt Dominguez (2), Carlos Corporan (2), George Springer 5 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Dominguez (2), Carlos Corporan (1), George Springer 2 (2)
CS - Brett Wallace (1, 3rd base by Germano/Arencibia), Delino Deshields Jr. (1, 3rd base by Jeffress/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Robbie Grossman 1
DP - Laird-DeShields-Freiman
PB - Rene Garcia (1)
Houston Astros
Alex White (W,1-0) 2100110 0.00
Wesley Wright (H,1) 1311001 4.50
Jarred Cosart (H,2) 2100110 0.00
Rhiner Cruz (H,1) 1100020 0.00
Jose Cisnero (H,1) 1.2100110 0.00
Jose Valdez (H,1) 0.1100000 0.00
Lo Chia-Jen 1100020 0.00
WP - Jarred Cosart (1), Rhiner Cruz (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex White 1-3, Wesley Wright 3-0, Jarred Cosart 5-0, Jose Cisnero 2-2, Lo Chia-Jen 1-0
Batters Faced - Alex White 7, Wesley Wright 6, Jarred Cosart 8, Rhiner Cruz 4, Jose Cisnero 7, Jose Valdez 2, Lo Chia-Jen 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes, SS3030000 .625
    Mike McCoy, PR-SS^3B1000000 .000
   a- Jack Murphy, PH1010000 .500
Melky Cabrera, LF3010011 .333
    Ryan Langerhans, LF1000111 .200
Jose Bautista, RF3000002 .111
    Moises Sierra, RF1000001 .250
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3000012 .222
    Andy LaRoche, 1B1010000 .300
Adam Lind, DH2010100 .500
    Adam Loewen, PR-DH1000012 .000
Brett Lawrie, 3B2000011 .250
    Mark DeRosa, 3B2010001 .800
    Ryan Goins, PR-SS0000000 .250
Colby Rasmus, CF2000112 .200
    Anthony Gose, CF1000003 .375
J.P. Arencibia, C2111001 .333
    Josh Thole, C2000010 .000
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B2000000 .250
    Lance Zawadzki, 2B1000000 .625
    Jim Negrych, 2B1000000 .000
a-doubled for McCoy in the 9th
2B - Jack Murphy (1, Lo)
HR - J.P. Arencibia (1, Wright)
RBI - J.P. Arencibia (1)
CS - Jose Reyes (1, 2nd base by White/Corporan)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Moises Sierra 1
DP - Zawadzki-McCoy-Encarnacion
E - Melky Cabrera (1, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Brad Lincoln (L,0-1) 0.2344100 21.60
Trystan Magnuson 0.1100010 0.00
Justin Germano 2100040 0.00
Jeremy Jeffress 1433101 13.50
Claudio Vargas 1333011 9.00
Mickey Storey 1200110 0.00
Alex Hinshaw 1000110 0.00
Tommy Hottovy 1200020 5.40
Tyson Brummett 1200010 0.00
HBP - Springer (by Alex Hinshaw), Crowe (by Tyson Brummett)
WP - Jeremy Jeffress (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Lincoln 2-0, Justin Germano 1-0, Jeremy Jeffress 1-1, Claudio Vargas 2-0, Mickey Storey 1-0, Alex Hinshaw 3-0, Tyson Brummett 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Lincoln 6, Trystan Magnuson 2, Justin Germano 6, Jeremy Jeffress 7, Claudio Vargas 6, Mickey Storey 5, Alex Hinshaw 6, Tommy Hottovy 5, Tyson Brummett 5
Game Information
Attendance - 2691
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Will Little, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - David Soucy