Jay Bruce returned to the major leagues Saturday, making the New York Yankees’ roster at the deadline for decisions on free agents who had gone to spring training with minor league contracts.
The Chicago Cubs told infielder Eric Sogard he will be added.
Detroit, having already told pitcher Julio Teheran he will be on the roster, informed pitcher Derek Holland he will be added and decided to pay a $100,000 retention bonus to keep pitcher Erasmo Ramirez.
Under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, players who became free agents after the World Series and then went to spring training with minor league contracts had to be told by noon EDT Saturday that they would be added to the 40-man roster, paid the retention bonus or released.
Released players can re-sign with the same team.
Miami paid the retention bonus to catcher Sandy Leon, the only other player given the bonus.
Oakland told infielder Jed Lowie he will be added, and Philadelphia informed pitcher Brandon Kinztler and infielder Matt Joyce they will be added.
Released players included Arizona catcher Bryan Holoday, Atlanta infielder Jason Kipnis, Cubs outfielder Cameron Maybin, Philadelphia pitcher Tony Watson, Pittsburgh infielder Todd Frazier, Texas pitcher Nick Vincent and catcher Drew Butera, and Washington pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Yasmany Tomas.
METS 8, ASTROS 3
Francisco Lindor had three hits and three RBIs for New York. Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith hit back-to-back homers in the seventh, and Joey Lucchesi pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball in relief. Lucchesi is a leading contender for the fifth-starter job with the team.
Lindor has a team-high 14 RBIs in his first spring with the Mets.
Houston scratched Myles Straw due to health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. It was not clear whether Straw had tested positive or if it was contact related. Straw is expected to take over in center field for George Springer, who signed with Toronto in the offseason.
YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 1 (8)
Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres went 3 for 3 with two home runs, a solo shot in the third and a two-run shot in the fourth. Mike Ford had four hits, and Jhoulys Chacin pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
Anthony Kay pitched 2 2/3 innings for Toronto before departing with a lower right leg contusion. He was charged with two runs and seven hits.
TIGERS 9, PHILLIES 8
Julio Teheran was roughed up in his fifth appearance for Detroit, surrendering six runs and three hits in 3 2/3 innings. Grayson Greiner hit a leadoff drive in the eighth, sparking an eight-run rally.
The Tigers optioned struggling reliever Joe Jimenez to Triple-A Toledo. First baseman Renato Nunez, who led the team with 12 homers last season, is weighing his options after being informed that he didn’t make the opening-day roster.
Philadelphia ace Aaron Nola prepared for his opening-day start with three innings of one-run ball. Odubel Herrera hit his fourth homer for the Phillies.
RED SOX 7, PIRATES 4 (8)
RAYS 2, TWINS 0
Tampa Bay right-hander Tyler Glasnow tuned up for opening day with 10 strikeouts in five innings. He allowed three hits and walked two.
Rays prospect Wander Franco doubled and scored on Dalton Kelly’s single in the ninth.
INDIANS 9, DODGERS 2
Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer struggled with his control in the first, came out of the game for an out and returned to complete 5 2/3 innings. He was charged with three earned runs and four hits.
PADRES 2, ANGELS 0 (7)
Blake Snell pitched five innings of one-hit ball for San Diego. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked one.
Jaime Barria opened for the Angels, allowing a hit over two scoreless innings. Junior Guerra got three outs and was charged with two runs and two hits.
BREWERS 6, ROYALS 6
Cain homered and scored three times. Bradley had two hits and scored twice.
Brandon Woodruff struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings for the Brewers, permitting two runs and four hits.
ATHLETICS 5, RANGERS 1
Kyle Gibson worked five innings for the Rangers, permitting three earned runs and eight hits.
WHITE SOX 8, ROCKIES 2
White Sox ace Lucas Giolito struck out nine in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu hit his first home run of the spring. Yoan Moncada had three hits, and Tim Anderson finished with two hits and two RBIs.
German Marquez worked three innings for Colorado, allowing three runs and six hits. Alan Trejo hit his first home run of the spring in the eighth.
BRAVES 8, ORIOLES 5
Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a leadoff homer, his fifth long ball of the spring, and Max Fried tuned up for his opening day assignment with three shutout innings of two-hit ball for Atlanta. The left-hander struck out five, walked two and finished the spring with a 1.38 ERA.
Baltimore starter John Means gave up five runs, four hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings, leaving him 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA this spring. Tyler Nevin hit a three-run homer.
MARLINS 6, CARDINALS 4
All-Star starter Sandy Alcantara went three innings for Miami, allowing one run and three hits with three strikeouts and no walks. He wrapped up a strong spring with a 1.33 ERA.
Touted prospect JJ Bleday, the fourth pick in the 2019 amateur draft, homered, tripled and drove in two runs for the Marlins. Jon Berti went 2 for 2 with a triple.
Jack Flaherty struck out four in three innings for St. Louis. He permitted just an unearned run and three hits.