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    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Outfielder Jay Bruce figured that losing 16 pounds would help him get through the season. He's looking a little quicker already.

    Bruce and Joey Votto each drove in a pair of runs off Justin Masterson, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 12-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Bruce singled, doubled and walked in three plate appearances.

    "When your body changes, you have to adjust," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He should be quicker getting to the ball because he has less (weight) to move."

    Bruce hit 33 home runs last year, but wants to improve defensively and be quicker on the bases. So, he changed his offseason diet and conditioning program.

    "I thought taking weight off would make me quicker, and 16 less pounds on my joints will help me during the long season," Bruce said.

    The Reds roughed up Masterson, who is scheduled to start Cleveland's season opener. He retired only four batters, allowing six runs on five hits and three walks.

    Masterson started slowly in spring training last year, but matched Josh Tomlin for the team lead with 12 wins and pitched a career-high 216 innings. He appears to have recovered from surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

    "It was good to get my feet wet and face some hitters," said Masterson, who was pleased with how he felt. "I'm at the exact same spot I'm in every spring training, so it's perfect."

    Manager Manny Acta wasn't concerned by Masterson's first showing.

    "Spring training is for the guys that have already made the team (to) get ready for the season," Acta said.

    Michael Brantley, who is moving to center field to replace the injured Grady Sizemore, opened the game with a triple. He also doubled off Mike Leake in the exhibition opener on Saturday.

    Derek Lowe, acquired from Atlanta in a trade on Oct. 31, pitched two scoreless innings in his first appearance for the Indians. Lowe is slated to start at the back end of the Indians rotation.

    "He is on a mission to show that he has some baseball left in him," Acta said. "He had a rough last month of the season and got away from his sinker a little bit. He's gotten a lot of ground balls so far. It looks like his sinker is back."

    Johnny Cueto, who has been picked to start opening day for the Reds, pitched two innings and gave up one run, allowing two hits without a walk. Cueto missed the first month of last season because of a sore shoulder. He strained a muscle in his right side and didn't pitch after September 14.

    "I am trying to stay healthy," Cueto said. "I am doing some extra work because I missed a month of the offseason. I am doing more than I'm required to do to make up for it."

    The results of his first inning indicated the work is paying off.

    "Johnny looked good," Baker said. "He kept the ball down."

    Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer off Reds reliever Sam LeCure in the sixth. Cleveland's Dan Wheeler gave up four hits and four runs in the sixth, including Corky Miller's two-run homer.

    Notes: Cleveland's Roberto Hernandez Heredia, who went by the name of Fausto Carmona, threw an inning at the Indians' baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. He was arrested in the Dominican in January and charged with falsifying his name and age - he's 31 instead of 28. He can't leave the Dominican until his case is settled. "We are waiting for him to be cleared," Acta said. "We gave him a program to work on down there." ... Reds INF Juan Francisco has been bothered by a strained right calf suffered in the winter leagues. He will get his first at-bat on Tuesday as a designated hitter. "He got his body ready but he has to be game ready. He hasn't had live batting practice or anything like the rest of the guys," Baker said.

     
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    Cleveland Indians
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Brantley, CF3110002 .500
        Ezequiel Carrera, CF1110000 .333
    Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3011000 .167
        Juan Diaz, PR-SS2122000 .500
    Shin-Soo Choo, RF2000110 .000
        Ryan Spilborghs, PR-RF1101001 .000
    Carlos Santana, C3113000 .400
        Michel Hernandez, C2000001 .000
    Travis Hafner, DH4000000 .167
    Casey Kotchman, 1B3010020 .500
        Russ Canzler, 1B00001001.000
    Jason Kipnis, 2B3010001 .500
        Cord Phelps, 2B1000001 .000
    Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B2010001 .500
        Jason Donald, 3B1100000 .000
    Felix Pie, LF2100101 .000
        Thomas Neal, LF1000011 .000
    Totals3479734  
    Batting
    2B - Jason Kipnis (1, Cueto)
    3B - Michael Brantley (1, Cueto), Juan Diaz (1, Judy)
    HR - Carlos Santana (1, LeCure)
    SF - Ryan Spilborghs (1)
    RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (1), Juan Diaz 2 (3), Ryan Spilborghs (1), Carlos Santana 3 (4)
    Team LOB - 6
    Cleveland Indians
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Justin Masterson (L,0-1) 1.1566310 40.50
    Cody Allen 0.2100010 0.00
    Derek Lowe 2100010 0.00
    Tony Sipp 1222300 18.00
    Dan Wheeler 1444011 36.00
    Zach McAllister 2100030 0.00
    WP - Justin Masterson (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 24-11, Cody Allen 5-5, Derek Lowe 9-9, Tony Sipp 19-5, Dan Wheeler 11-10, Zach McAllister 13-13
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 3-0, Derek Lowe 4-1, Tony Sipp 1-2, Dan Wheeler 2-0, Zach McAllister 3-0
    Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 12, Cody Allen 3, Derek Lowe 7, Tony Sipp 8, Dan Wheeler 7, Zach McAllister 7
    Cincinnati Reds
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Brandon Phillips, 2B3111001 .400
       a- Henry Rodriguez, PH-2B2011000 .667
    Paul Janish, SS1200300 .167
        Didi Gregorius, SS1010000 .333
    Joey Votto, 1B3112011 .400
       b- Miguel Cairo, PH-1B2000014 .400
    Scott Rolen, 3B3011002 .600
        Kris Negron, 3B2110011 .200
    Jay Bruce, RF2022100 .750
        Todd Frazier, PR-RF2210001 .286
    Ryan Ludwick, LF3000024 .000
        Willie Harris, LF2112000 .286
    Drew Stubbs, CF1110100 .667
        Chris Heisey, CF3111021 .143
    Devin Mesoraco, C2000001 .250
       c- Corky Miller, PH-C3112001 .250
    Ryan Hanigan, DH2110001 .250
       d- Dioner Navarro, PH-DH1000100 .200
    Totals3812141267  
    a-singled for B. Phillips in the 5th
    b-flied out for Votto in the 5th
    c-grounded out for Mesoraco in the 5th
    d-walked for Hanigan in the 5th
    Batting
    2B - Didi Gregorius (1, McAllister), Jay Bruce (1, Allen), Todd Frazier (1, Wheeler), Chris Heisey (1, Sipp)
    HR - Corky Miller (1, Wheeler)
    RBI - Brandon Phillips (1), Henry Rodriguez (1), Joey Votto 2 (2), Scott Rolen (1), Jay Bruce 2 (3), Willie Harris 2 (4), Chris Heisey (1), Corky Miller 2 (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Henry Rodriguez (1), Scott Rolen (1), Jay Bruce 2 (2)
    SB - Paul Janish (1, 3rd base off Allen/Santana), Todd Frazier (1, 2nd base off Sipp/Santana), Chris Heisey (2, 3rd base off Sipp/Santana)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Chris Heisey 1
    DP - Heisey-Gregorius-Rodriguez
    Cincinnati Reds
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Johnny Cueto (W,1-0) 2211020 4.50
    Jeff Francis (H,1) 2000000 0.00
    Sam LeCure (H,1) 2433111 13.50
    Chad Reineke (H,1) 2111200 4.50
    Josh Judy 1222010 18.00
    HBP - Carrera (by Chad Reineke), Donald (by Josh Judy)
    Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 13-12, Jeff Francis 6-6, Sam LeCure 17-12, Chad Reineke 15-6, Josh Judy 8-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 4-0, Jeff Francis 3-3, Sam LeCure 4-1, Chad Reineke 2-3
    Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 8, Jeff Francis 6, Sam LeCure 11, Chad Reineke 9, Josh Judy 6
    Game Information
    Attendance - 2831
    Game Time - 2:57
    Temperature - 78
    Umpires - Home - Tyler Funneman, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Clint Fagan, Third Base - Jordan Baker