at Goodyear, Ariz.
Saturday, March 20
A's at the plate: Ex-Indians player Kevin Kouzmanoff said hello to his former Cleveland teammates with a two-run home run in the sixth, his second of the spring. Matt Carson added a solo blow the next inning. Kouzmanoff and Ryan Sweeney -- now batting .355 -- had two hits each.Indians at the plate: Jhonny Peralta, who went 3-for-3, and Travis Hafner, who capped the eight-run second with a three-run homer, paced the Indians' biggest offensive day of the spring. Michael Brantley and Brian Buscher drove in two runs apiece.
Indians on the mound: The battle for the fifth starter's job is warming up with the weather as Mitch Talbot followed up Aaron Laffey's four scoreless innings on Friday with 3 1/3 scoreless innings of his own, allowing four hits with one walk and strikeout apiece. Another contender, lefty David Huff, added a zero in the fifth before allowing Kouzmanoff's home run, and allowed a total of three runs in four innings.Worth noting: A's third baseman Kouzmanoff threw wide of first on Anderson Hernandez's fourth-inning grounder for his third error of the spring in 10 games -- matching his total miscues in 139 games with the Padres last season. Cactus League records: A's 7-9-1; Indians 10-5-2 Up next: Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden, who has quietly put together a string of impressive spring starts, gets the nod on Sunday against the visiting Reds at Phoenix Municipal Stadium beginning at 1:05 p.m. PT. All eyes, however, will be on right-handed reliever Michael Wuertz, who is slated to make his Cactus League debut. Wuertz has been sidelined with shoulder soreness but will look to start building up his pitches to ready himself for Opening Night. Fans may also potentially see Coco Crisp (hamstring/shoulder) back in action in the DH spot. The Indians get their first look of the spring at the Dodgers on Sunday, visiting Camelback Ranch for the 4:05 p.m. ET exhibition. Jake Westbrook will make his fourth start, after allowing six earned runs in eight innings in the first three, with the Tribe out to improve on its 7-4 record against NL teams, including 4-0 against the Ohio-and Goodyear-neighbor Reds. The game will be broadcast on Gameday Audio and WTAM 1100 AM.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less