Cactus roundup: Indians rally past Reds

BY foxsports • February 22, 2013

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians opened a new era under manager Terry Francona with an 11-10 comeback win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

Mike McDade hit a three-run double with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Indians, who followed a 94-loss season by hiring Francona and spending nearly $120 million on free agents.

Joey Votto singled in his first two at-bats for Cincinnati, which took a 10-8 lead into the ninth. The 2010 NL MVP reported to training camp healthy after missing 48 games in 2012 following two arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee.

It was Francona's first game as a manager since the end of the 2011 season, when he parted ways with Boston after winning two World Series titles with the Red Sox.

"Yeah, today was good," Francona said. "The starters got three innings just like we wanted. Everybody got an at-bat or two to kind of shake off the rust a little bit."

The teams combined for 21 runs, 27 hits and four homers.


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Second base prospect Jedd Gyorko hit a grand slam off Hector Noesi in a six-run first inning as the Padres routed the Mariners on Friday in the spring training opener for both teams.

In a game that marked the 20th anniversary of the Peoria Sports Complex, the shared home of both clubs, Chris Denorfia had a go-ahead RBI single in the first following an error by new Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez. Noesi later forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Will Venable, his 11th batter, and departed after 42 pitches.

Noesi, the loser, allowed six runs -- four earned -- on four hits and four walks while retiring just two batters.

Winner Sean O'Sullivan pitched two hitless innings. Seattle's Casper Wells hit a two-run homer in the ninth.


SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Will Smith, one of several candidates for the fifth spot in Kansas City's rotation, outpitched two Texas starters already assured spots as the Royals and Rangers played to a nine-inning tie Friday in their spring training opener.

Smith, a left-hander who was 6-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 16 starts as a rookie last season, threw two perfect innings with one strikeout.

Rangers starter Derek Holland allowed a run and six hits in three innings. Alexi Ogando, returning from the bullpen to the rotation this season, permitted three runs in 1 1/3 innings, including a homer to Adam Moore.

Nelson Cruz and Yangeris Solarte homered for Texas.

Solarte's game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth followed Brandon Allen's two-run triple. The game was called after the inning ended.

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