Kratz, 33, also hit two home runs, but the Blue Jays kept Josh Thole as the backup catcher behind Dioner Navarro, who also was signed in December. Thole has the most experience catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the opening-day starter.
Kratz, a Telford native who went to Christopher Dock High School, was a favorite of Phillies fans for his long homers and turkey bacon commercials on game telecasts. He hit nine home runs in each of the past two seasons, but his batting average dropped from .248 to .213.
Nats' Fister hurt again
Washington Nationals righthander Doug Fister left a minor-league rehab start Thursday with a strained back muscle. Fister, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in an offseason trade, was slow to get started in spring training and missed a start with elbow inflammation. He is scheduled to be reevaluated this weekend.
Harang hit hard
Aaron Harang made his Atlanta Braves debut, allowing six runs, including a long homer to Miguel Cabrera, while pitching into the sixth inning of a 9-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Harang, who won 16 games in 2006 and '07, was signed by the Braves after spending the start of spring training with the Cleveland Indians.
Mariners sign Young
Princeton graduate Chris Young, 34, agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract after Seattle released ex-Phillie Randy Wolf and veteran Scott Baker this week. Young can earn an additional $3.5 million in roster and performance bonuses and would get the full amount if he makes 28 starts and pitches 180 innings. Young has not pitched in the majors since 2012.