Cleveland at Cincinnati

W: B. Myers (1-0) L: A. Simon (0-1) S: B. Shaw (1)
HR: CLE - C. Phelps (1),R. Raburn (2),R. Raburn (3)   CIN - None

Indians 13, Reds 10


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Once the Tigers tossed Ryan Raburn aside, the Indians happily snagged him.

Raburn helped his chances to make Cleveland's roster as a utility player by hitting two more homers Saturday, and the Indians outlasted the Cincinnati Reds 13-10 in another high-scoring exhibition between Ohio's major leaguers.

Raburn also homered in Friday's spring opener and has connected for a homer in his three at-bats this spring, driving in five runs.

He was released by Detroit in November following a disappointing season. Raburn opened 2012 as the Tigers' starting second baseman, but batted just .171 in 66 games and was demoted to the minor leagues. When Indians manager Terry Francona was hired in October, he targeted Raburn, telling general manager Chris Antonetti that if the 31-year-old ever became available to scoop him up.

"Sometimes by the luck of the draw you might have a chance to get a guy like that," Francona said. "Maybe we caught a break."

Raburn can play second, third, right or left field. His versatility is what initially attracted him to Francona, who has seen players in the past move to a new team and thrive.

"He had a tough year," Francona said. "That happens. If he would have had a good year, we wouldn't have had a chance to get him."

Raburn hit six homers with 19 RBIs last spring in Detroit's camp.

For the second straight day, hitters on both teams teed off on pitchers still working on mechanics and location. The Reds and Indians have combined for 44 runs and 62 hits while playing for 6 hours, 47 minutes.

Shin-Soo Choo singled and scored twice for the Reds, who plan to bat the center fielder in the leadoff spot this season. Cincinnati had the NL's lowest on-base percentage from the top of the order last year, and manager Dusty Baker believes Choo can get the Reds started.

Choo, who batted in the No. 1 spot 98 times for the Indians in 2012, has reached base three times and scored three runs in two games.

"That's what Choo is here for," Baker said. "You can read into it as much as you like. We like that if he gets on like this, think of the year that Brandon (Phillips) is going to have Joey (Votto), (Ryan) Ludwick and (Jay) Bruce. This is going to be exciting."

Indians starter Brett Myers allowed two earned runs in two innings. The right-hander is in Cleveland's rotation after making 70 relief appearances for Houston and the White Sox a year ago. He still doesn't understand why the Astros made him a reliever after he started 66 games in two seasons - "Call them. I still don't know," he said - and he's focused on pitching as many innings as he can for the Indians.

"It's all pitching. It's all about getting people out," he said. "I don't want them (relievers) to have the workload. It's not too good to have four or five guys with 70 appearances. That's tough on the guy's arms. So if I can get us deep into ballgames and minimize their appearances, they'll be fresh in the second half."

NOTES: INF Neftali Soto had four hits for the Reds. ... Indians LF Michael Brantley is 4-for-4 after two games. ... Jason Giambi flied out to the warning track in his first at-bat and walked. The 42-year-old isn't a lock to make Cleveland's roster, but Francona has no concerns that the slugger has lost any bat speed. "He's got a pretty good idea of what he's doing," Francona said. ... RHP Daisuke Matszuaka will make his debut for the Indians on Sunday in a split-squad game against the Reds. He's trying to win the No. 5 spot in Cleveland's rotation. ... The Indians will also send a split squad to Maryvale to face the Brewers.

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N. Soto
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0

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AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 2

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This weekend in baseball: AL Central (1:19)
Cleveland Indians
Michael Bourn, CF2000000 .000
   a- Ezequiel Carrera, PH-CF2000001 .000
   b- Cedric Hunter, PH-CF2110000 .333
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS2122000 .667
   c- Mike Aviles, PH-SS2110000 .333
   d- Juan Diaz, PH-SS2221000 .750
Jason Kipnis, 2B2010001 .250
   e- Cord Phelps, PH-2B1211100 .500
   f- Ryan Raburn, PH-2B22240001.000
Jason Giambi, DH1000102 .000
   g- Jesus Aguilar, PH-DH2021100 .667
   h- Carlos Moncrief, PH-DH1000000 .000
Mark Reynolds, 1B2000012 .250
   i- Mike McDade, PH-1B1001001 .333
   j- Chris McGuiness, PH-1B2000001 .000
Michael Brantley, LF21200001.000
   k- Ben Francisco, PH-LF1011100 .500
    Tim Fedroff, LF1000000 .333
Drew Stubbs, RF2000023 .250
   l- Jeremy Hermida, PH-RF2000024 .333
    Matt Carson, RF10100001.000
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B2111002 .500
    Nate Spears, 3B1000000 .500
   m- Luis Hernandez, PH-3B2000001 .000
Lou Marson, C0100100 .000
   n- Brian Jeroloman, PH-C1100100 .000
   o- Roberto Perez, PH-C2000001 .000
a-popped out for Bourn in the 4th
b-singled for Carrera in the 7th
c-singled for A. Cabrera in the 4th
d-doubled for Aviles in the 7th
e-walked for Kipnis in the 4th
f-homered for Phelps in the 7th
g-walked for Giambi in the 4th
h-grounded out for Aguilar in the 9th
i-hit a sacrifice fly for Reynolds in the 4th
j-fouled out for McDade in the 7th
k-doubled for Brantley in the 4th
l-struck out for Stubbs in the 4th
m-grounded out for Spears in the 7th
n-walked for Marson in the 4th
o-grounded out for Jeroloman in the 7th
2B - Juan Diaz 2 (3, Rogers, Texeira), Jesus Aguilar (1, Corcino), Michael Brantley (3, Simon), Ben Francisco (1, De La Rosa)
HR - Cord Phelps (1, Corcino), Ryan Raburn 2 (3, Rogers, Texeira)
SF - Mike McDade (1)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (3), Juan Diaz (1), Cord Phelps (1), Ryan Raburn 4 (5), Jesus Aguilar (1), Mike McDade (4), Ben Francisco (1), Lonnie Chisenhall (3)
2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (2), Juan Diaz (1), Ryan Raburn 2 (2), Ben Francisco (1)
CS - Jason Kipnis (1, 2nd base by Simon/Olivo)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Tim Fedroff 1
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Brett Myers (W,1-0) 2321120 4.50
Edward Paredes (H,1) 1211100 9.00
Chris Perez (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Corey Kluber (H,1) 2422020 9.00
Matt Albers (H,1) 1444100 36.00
Scott Barnes (H,1) 1311010 9.00
Bryan Shaw (S,1) 1100020 0.00
HBP - Lutz (by Brett Myers)
WP - Brett Myers (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 21-14, Edward Paredes 9-5, Chris Perez 6-6, Corey Kluber 14-14, Matt Albers 13-7, Scott Barnes 7-7, Bryan Shaw 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 3-2, Edward Paredes 2-1, Chris Perez 2-0, Corey Kluber 3-1, Matt Albers 2-1, Bryan Shaw 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 12, Edward Paredes 6, Chris Perez 4, Corey Kluber 10, Matt Albers 8, Scott Barnes 5, Bryan Shaw 4
Cincinnati Reds
Shin-Soo Choo, CF2210000 .250
    Billy Hamilton, CF4110021 .250
Brandon Phillips, 2B2011001 .400
    Emmanuel Burriss, 2B4111010 .167
Jack Hannahan, 1B2000011 .250
   a- Neftali Soto, PH-1B4042000 .667
Donald Lutz, LF11100001.000
   b- Derrick Robinson, PH-LF4000024 .000
Todd Frazier, 3B2020000 .500
    Henry Rodriguez, 3B3220001 .667
Miguel Olivo, C0002100 .500
    Nevin Ashley, C11100001.000
    Tucker Barnhart, C2010000 .500
Jason Donald, SS1000103 .333
    Cesar Izturis, SS2000114 .250
Ryan LaMarre, RF2000012 .000
    Yorman Rodriguez, RF2112001 .500
   c- Denis Phipps, PH-RF1011000 .333
Chris Heisey, DH2000002 .200
   d- Kris Negron, PH-DH2111001 .500
   e- Xavier Paul, PH-DH1000001 .250
a-singled for Hannahan in the 4th
b-struck out for Lutz in the 4th
c-doubled for Y. Rodriguez in the 8th
d-grounded out for Heisey in the 5th
e-fouled out for Negron in the 8th
2B - Brandon Phillips (1, Myers), Neftali Soto (1, Albers), Yorman Rodriguez (1, Kluber), Denis Phipps (1, Barnes)
SF - Miguel Olivo (1)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (1), Emmanuel Burriss (1), Neftali Soto 2 (2), Miguel Olivo 2 (3), Yorman Rodriguez 2 (2), Denis Phipps (1), Kris Negron (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (1), Emmanuel Burriss (1), Neftali Soto 2 (2), Miguel Olivo (1), Kris Negron (1)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (1, 2nd base off Myers/Marson), Emmanuel Burriss (1, 2nd base off Albers/Ro. Perez), Yorman Rodriguez (1, 2nd base off Albers/Ro. Perez)
Team LOB - 12
E - Jason Donald (1, Missed catch of throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Alfredo Simon (L,0-1) 1.2543110 16.20
Nick Christiani 1.2222220 10.80
Wilkin De La Rosa 0.2111210 13.50
Daniel Corcino 2211111 4.50
Chad Rogers 2533001 13.50
Kanekoa Texeira 1222001 18.00
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 16-12, Nick Christiani 19-11, Wilkin De La Rosa 13-5, Daniel Corcino 17-11, Chad Rogers 12-11, Kanekoa Texeira 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 2-2, Nick Christiani 1-2, Daniel Corcino 2-3, Chad Rogers 4-2, Kanekoa Texeira 2-1
Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 11, Nick Christiani 9, Wilkin De La Rosa 5, Daniel Corcino 9, Chad Rogers 11, Kanekoa Texeira 5
Game Information
Attendance - 4309
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Stephen Barga, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Brad Myers