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Cleveland at Arizona

    Diamondbacks 5, Indians 4

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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Miguel Montero is showing the Arizona Diamondbacks why they should give him a long-term deal.

    Montero hit a three-run home run to carry the Diamondbacks to a 5-4 victory over a Cleveland Indians split squad on Thursday.

    Montero and the Diamondbacks could not agree on an extension in the offseason so the 28-year-old will be a free agent after the season. Montero, who set career highs with 18 home runs (18), 86 RBIs and 65 runs scored last season, is batting .343 this spring.

    "I just want to have good at bats and feel good at the plate," Montero said. "I haven't felt good at the plate until two or three days ago. It wasn't anything I was worried about. I thought the hitting would come at some point."

    Arizona starter Tyler Skaggs picked up the win, allowing two runs on six hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Jensen Lewis pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

    Skaggs, considered the team's third-best prospect, came to the Diamondbacks in August 2010 from the Angels, along with fellow left handers Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin and righty Rafeal Rodriquez for Dan Haren. He will most likely start the season at Double-A Mobile.

    "I have had some ups and downs. I have some really bad ones and some really good ones," Skaggs said. "Pitching is all about being in a grove. I am confident about my stuff and I feel like I can only get better."

    Indians starter David Huff left the game after facing just one batter with a strained right hamstring. Huff deflected a grounder off the bat of Arizona's leadoff hitter Willie Bloomquist. He then scooped the ball up with his glove and tried to flip it to first when the injury occurred. Huff, who is one of three players vying for the final spot in the rotation, limped off the field and was taken to the clubhouse on a golf cart.

    "The injury to Huff made us short-handed right away," Indians Bench Coach Sandy Alomar Jr. said. "I am not sure how bad it is, but today we had to burn some guys earlier and use our pinch hitters right away."

    The Indians' Chris Ray gave up Montero's homer and took the loss. He threw two innings, his first two-inning stint of the spring, gave up the three runs and two hits with two walks and struck out three.

    Jason Donald had three hits and scored twice, while Casey Kotchman had two hits and two RBIs for Cleveland.

    NOTES: The Indians acquired RHP Jairo Asencio from the Braves in exchange for cash. Asencio has a 3.27 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 11 innings this spring. Last season he spent the majority if the season with Triple-A Gwinnett, going 3-2 with a 1.81 ERA and 26 saves in 47 games. The 27-year old does not have any options left so if the club wants to send him to the minors he first must clear waivers. ... With the injury to Huff, Jeanmar Gomez and Kevin Slowey are left to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation. The club would like to see both pitch in one more spring game before a decision is made. Gomez will be on the mound Friday against the Reds, however the team has not announced when Slowey will pitch. ... After the game, the Diamondbacks reassigned RHP Jensen Lewis to Triple-A Reno and reassigned OF Adam Eaton to Double-A Mobile. Lewis, who earned his second save of the spring has not allowed a run or walked anyone in his eight innings. Eaton was batting .273.

     
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    Cleveland Indians
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ryan Spilborghs, CF5011022 .171
    Jason Donald, 2B5240011 .293
    Casey Kotchman, 1B4022001 .333
        Jared Goedert, 3B10100001.000
    Carlos Santana, C4010012 .164
        Luke Carlin, C1000002 .250
    Shelley Duncan, LF3000103 .178
    Andy LaRoche, 3B3110114 .385
        Jeremy Accardo, P0000000 .000
       a- Ryan Rohlinger, PH1000002 .000
    Chad Huffman, RF-1B4010002 .235
    Gregorio Petit, SS3111011 .316
    David Huff, P0000000 .000
        Bryan Price, P0000000 .000
       b- Delvi Cid, PH1000000 .000
        Chris Ray, P1000011 .000
        Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
       c- Casey Frawley, PH1000011 .000
        Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
        Ben Copeland, RF10100001.000
    Totals38413428  
    a-flied out for Accardo in the 9th
    b-grounded out for Price in the 3rd
    c-struck out for Smith in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Ryan Spilborghs (2, Skaggs), Jason Donald 2 (4, Skaggs, Zagurski), Casey Kotchman (3, Zagurski), Chad Huffman (2, Lorin)
    SF - Gregorio Petit (1)
    RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (5), Casey Kotchman 2 (3), Gregorio Petit (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (4), Casey Kotchman (1)
    Team LOB - 11
    Fielding
    DP - LaRoche-Kotchman, Petit-Donald-Huffman
    E - David Huff (1, Throwing)
    Cleveland Indians
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    David Huff0100000 5.79
    Bryan Price (L,0-1) 2322010 12.00
    Chris Ray 2233231 11.70
    Joe Smith 1000000 2.00
    Tony Sipp 1000210 6.75
    Jeremy Accardo 2300000 1.00
    WP - Chris Ray (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - David Huff 1-1, Bryan Price 10-10, Chris Ray 26-16, Joe Smith 3-3, Tony Sipp 13-5, Jeremy Accardo 9-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bryan Price 1-3, Chris Ray 2-0, Joe Smith 3-0, Jeremy Accardo 4-1
    Batters Faced - David Huff 1, Bryan Price 8, Chris Ray 9, Joe Smith 3, Tony Sipp 5, Jeremy Accardo 8
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Willie Bloomquist, SS3010000 .212
        Mike Zagurski, P0000000 .000
       a- Jason Kubel, PH1000001 .268
        David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
        Jensen Lewis, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Hill, 2B3110000 .235
        John McDonald, SS1010000 .257
    Justin Upton, RF2100100 .283
        Ryan Wheeler, 1B1000001 .267
    Miguel Montero, C2223000 .343
        Brett Lorin, P0000000 .000
       b- A.J. Pollock, PH-CF2000000 .293
    Chris Young, CF3110010 .396
        Adam Eaton, LF1000000 .273
    Paul Goldschmidt, 1B2011110 .265
        Cody Ransom, 2B1010000 .200
    Geoff Blum, 3B1000101 .294
        Matt Davidson, 3B1000101 .240
    Gerardo Parra, LF1001001 .317
       c- Alfredo Marte, PH-RF1000012 .500
    Tyler Skaggs, P2000022 .000
        Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
        Henry Blanco, C1010000 .222
    Totals2959545  
    a-grounded into a double play for Zagurski in the 7th
    b-flied out for Lorin in the 6th
    c-struck out for Parra in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Aaron Hill (6, Ray), Cody Ransom (4, Accardo)
    HR - Miguel Montero (1, Ray)
    SF - Gerardo Parra (1)
    RBI - Miguel Montero 3 (5), Paul Goldschmidt (10), Gerardo Parra (7)
    SB - John McDonald (1, 2nd base off Accardo/Carlin)
    CS - Gerardo Parra (2, 2nd base by Ray/Santana)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Blum-Hill-Goldschmidt
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Tyler Skaggs (W,1-1) 4.2622250 7.43
    Takashi Saito (H,3) 0.1000000 7.36
    Brett Lorin (H,2) 1211020 3.38
    Mike Zagurski (H,2) 1211000 2.16
    David Hernandez (H,2) 1100010 4.50
    Jensen Lewis (S,2) 1200000 0.00
    HBP - Duncan (by Tyler Skaggs)
    Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 39-30, Takashi Saito 1-1, Brett Lorin 10-10, Mike Zagurski 5-5, David Hernandez 6-6, Jensen Lewis 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 5-3, Takashi Saito 1-0, Mike Zagurski 2-1, David Hernandez 1-1
    Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 22, Takashi Saito 1, Brett Lorin 5, Mike Zagurski 5, David Hernandez 4, Jensen Lewis 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 11064
    Game Time - 2:54
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - Stephen Barga, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mark Ripperger