INDIANS 4, REDS 2
at Goodyear, Ariz.
Saturday, March 6
Indians at the plate: Veteran Mark Grudzielanek, competing for a middle infield utility spot, went 2-for-2 with an RBI double in his Tribe debut. Andy Marte, out of Minor League options and trying to latch on as a corner infield option, took Johnny Cueto deep with a two-run shot to left in the second inning. Outfield prospect Nick Weglarz contributed his fourth RBI in two Cactus League games.
Reds at the plate:
Miguel Cairo, a non-roster invitee vying for a spot on the Reds' bench, helped his cause and broke up a shutout when he took Tony Sipp deep with a two-run shot in the sixth.
Indians on the mound:
Two candidates for the Tribe rotation, left-hander David Huff and right-hander Mitch Talbot, turned in strong outings. Both worked two scoreless, with Huff allowing two hits and striking out three and Talbot allowing two hits and striking out one. Rule 5 pickup Hector Ambriz labored through the fifth but came out unscathed on the scoreboard.
Reds on the mound:
Cueto's outing began with a Joey Votto throwing error allowing Tribe leadoff man Michael Brantley to reach, and it didn't get much better from there. He allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in two innings. Veteran Arthur Rhodes worked a scoreless third against his former team, and closer Francisco Cordero worked a scoreless fourth.
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Worth noting: Bob Feller, the senior member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and still spry at the ripe old age of 91, tossed out a ceremonial first pitch in honor of this being the Tribe's first official "home" game of the spring season. Feller did not disappoint, tossing his pitch from the rubber.
Also in attendance was Commissioner Bud Selig, who made his first visit to the Goodyear facility and called it "absolutely amazing."
Cactus League records:
Indians 2-0; Reds 0-2.
It took more than 21 months (plus an extra day due to Sunday's rain), but Jake Westbrook will finally start a Major League game Monday. It might only be an exhibition, but it will be a big deal to Westbrook, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2008 and missed all of last season. The Tribe's penciled-in Opening Day starter will get the nod against the D-backs for a 3:05 p.m. ET game at Tucson Electric Park that can be heard though an exclusive webcast
. Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez will start for the D-Backs.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.