Despite allowing six hits, Clay Buchholz pitched four scoreless innings Wednesday as a Red Sox split-squad and the Twins played to a 4-4 tie.
Buchholz struck out four and walked one. He finishes the spring with a 2.84 ERA, though his earlier results might have been more encouraging than his later ones. He'll face the Phillies, and hit for himself in the NL park, on Opening Day.
Alexi Ogando surrendered three runs while retiring just two of the eight batters he faced Wednesday against the Twins.
Ogando had impressed as of late, allowing one hit and no walks over four scoreless innings in his previous four appearances. This one, though, won't help his chances of beginning the season in a key role in the Boston pen. He will be on the team; it just remains to be seen whether he can help as a setup man or not.
Trevor Plouffe went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Twins manager Paul Molitor has soured on the idea of Kennys Vargas as a cleanup hitter, which means Torii Hunter and Plouffe are likely battling for those honors. Hunter seems likely to get the call -- he was in the fourth spot today -- in part because he's having the much better spring of the two. Plouffe is batting just .196 with one homer and two RBI in 51 at-bats.
Oswaldo Arcia (illness) is due back Thursday.
Arcia was sent home early from Twins camp on Wednesday due to a stomach virus. It's no big deal.
Desmond Jennings went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in the Rays' 3-0 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.
Jennings is batting .463 in 41 at-bats this spring. It seems like he's an annual disappointment for fantasy purposes, but with expectations low this time around, he could still be a nice find as a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed leagues. It hurts some that he'll bat in the bottom half of the lineup initially, but if he hits, he should move up quickly.
Chase Whitley fanned six while allowing one run in four innings Wednesday against the Rays.
Even though he was seemingly shoved aside in the rotation competition early in camp, Whitley's chances of making the Yankees are improving by the day. He's sporting a 1.17 ERA in 15 1/3 innings. Though he'll be in middle relief if he does have a spot, there's some upside here as a $1 pick in AL-only leagues.
Homer Bailey (elbow) threw five innings Wednesday in a minor league game.
Bailey was shelled for five earned runs on six hits and a walk, but the most important thing is that his surgically-repaired elbow felt fine. He struck out eight. Bailey is scheduled to pitch in another minor league game on April 6 and should be cleared for a rehab assignment when the regular season opens. He's expected to join the Reds' starting rotation by the end of April.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-3 in his return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Ellsbury missed two weeks because of an oblique strain. Aside from his injury, it's been a very quiet spring for the Yankees' starting outfielders. Ellsbury is hitting .200 with one extra-base hit and no walks in 30 at-bats, Brett Gardner is hitting .167 with one extra-base hit in 54 at-bats and Carlos Beltran is hitting .243 with two extra-base hits in 37 at-bats. None of those four extra-base hits have been homers.