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Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 8:03 p.m.

Roy Halladay used two meaningful words to alleviate concern over a terrible outing.

“Nothing hurts,” Halladay said.

Considering he's coming off an injury-plagued year, that's important news for the Phillies.

Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam, and Don Kelly, a Mt. Lebanon native, also homered off Halladay, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 10-6 win Tuesday.

The Tigers roughed up Halladay for seven runs in 2 23 innings.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed six hits and walked four in his poorest outing this spring. He came in with a 2.16 ERA in three starts.

Wright powers U.S.

In Miami, Gio Gonzalez threw five scoreless innings, and David Wright drove in five runs, the last three with a bases-load double in the eighth inning, as Team USA beat Puerto Rico, 7-1, in the World Baseball Classic. The Americans play the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Cruz lifts Dominicans

In Miami, Nelson Cruz's two-out, single punctuated a three-run inning that rallied the heavily favored Dominican squad to a 5-4 win over Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

Jeter to play Wednesday

Derek Jeter said he will play shortstop Wednesday night against the Phillies.

It's the first time in the field for Jeter since ankle surgery last fall.

Miami paper denies MLB

The Miami New Times will not grant MLB access to the records it obtained from the Biogenesis clinic, which has been identified as an alleged source of PEDs.

The original New Times report linked Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and others to controversial clinician Anthony Bosch.

Markakis to miss week

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was diagnosed with a small herniated disk in his neck and will be out for about another week.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Markakis has returned to Baltimore to see a spine specialist.

Ramirez signs deal

Manny Ramirez signed a short-term contract to play with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan's professional baseball league.

The Rhinos said the 40-year-old will earn $25,000 a month to appear with the team during this year's March-November season.

Crawford progressing

Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford took live batting practice Tuesday for the first time since being shut down with nerve irritation in his elbow two weeks ago.

Crawford is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

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