CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Philadelphia Phillies won one and lost won in Grapefruit League play on Thursday.

One split squad defeated the Houston Astros 6-3 in Kissimmee, Fla. Bobby Abreu had three hits, including an RBI double off Kevin Chapman, and scored on a throwing error by center fielder Marwin Gonzalez.

Making his third start for the Phillies, Jeff Manship allowed one run and six hits in five innings and struck out five.

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Outfielder Darin Ruf strained his left oblique muscle during batting practice and was scratched from the starting lineup. He was replaced in left field by Steve Susdorf, and Ruf returned to Clearwater, where he will be examined by team doctors on Saturday.

The injury will likely cause Ruf, a leading candidate for a bench job, to miss opening day.

"He's a guy competing, obviously, with what he's doing and his ability, his right-handed bat, he's competing for a bench job," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "We'll see what that means."

Ruf is hitting .217 this spring with two homers and seven RBIs in 18 spring training games.

The Phillies lost the other split squad game 3-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays in Clearwater, Fla.

Phillies starter David Buchanan gave up two home runs but was sharp otherwise.

Buchanan, who has a decent shot to make the team, gave up the two runs and struck out six in four innings. Buchanan started six games in Triple-A last year.

"I was impressed with his composure," Sandberg said. "He had a couple of balls that were connected on. One was an 0-2 breaking pitch. He kept his composure, actually came inside on a couple of hitters after that to keep them honest. I thought he rebounded well there to minimize."

Tony Gwynn Jr. went 2 for 3 with a double, a run and a walk. Chase Utley drove in Gwynn with a first-inning double for the Phillies' only run.

Gwynn, who signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies this winter, is making a good impression on Phillies coaches this spring.

He's hitting .346 and provides crucial depth for a team thin on outfielders. It's a strong possibility Gwynn begins the season on the 25-man roster.

"He's a bright spot," Sandberg said. "His defense, his at-bats, his base running, are quality."

Braves: Atlanta pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time today and is expected to miss the entire season.

Angels: Albert Pujols and Millville's Mike Trout homered to back Jered Weaver and help Los Angeles beat Kansas City 3-2 Thursday.

Trout hit a two-run drive in the sixth, giving him home runs in back-to-back games and four overall. Trout also doubled and is hitting .400 with 14 RBIs.

• The Angels dealt first baseman Matt Scioscia, the son of manager Mike Scioscia, to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky.

Scioscia, 25, has hit .222 with three home runs and 46 RBIs in three minor league seasons, never advancing past Class A. He batted .194 with three clubs last year.

Gretzky, 21, hit a combined .274 with a home run and eight RBIs in 2013 for Class A Boise and Kane County last year.

Reds: Johnny Cueto was scratched because of a sore back, giving Cincinnati another concern about its pitching staff.

Cueto was skipped on the same day closer Aroldis Chapman was having surgery for fractures above his left eye and nose after he was struck by a batted ball Wednesday night. Another starter, Mat Latos, is recovering from knee surgery.

Yankees: An MRI on New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's ailing right calf was negative.

Ellsbury hasn't played since March 14.

He was scratched from Sunday's game against Atlanta because of right calf tightness.


I've worked at newspapers since 1985. Mostly in N.J., but with an eight-year pit stop in N.C. I've been at The Press since 1997.

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