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Contract stalemate doesn't slow Masterson, Indians

By MIKE CRANSTON
Associated Press
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) A day after contract talks with the Indians stalled, Cleveland ace Justin Masterson threw six strong innings in a 14-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

Masterson's spring training scoreless streak was snapped after 14 2-3 innings, with both runs against him scoring on wild pitches. While he doubled his walks total to four, Masterson struck out six and allowed five hits in his next-to-last start before opening day.

General manager Chris Antonetti said Friday that talks have been tabled after Masterson rejected the team's ''very competitive'' offer.

A smiling, upbeat Masterson said he hugged Antonetti when they met Friday morning, and wouldn't rule out a deal before he hits free agency next winter.

''So even though it didn't happen right now, I'm not overly disappointed,'' Masterson said.

Rockies opening day starter Jorge De La Rosa was knocked around for five runs and nine hits in three innings. The Indians batted around in a four-run third. Elliott Johnson had two RBI singles off De La Rosa, who walked two and threw more than 70 pitches.

''Everything was bad today,'' he said.

Colorado setup man Rex Brothers also struggled, giving up two hits, two walks and four runs in the sixth.

STARTING TIME

Indians: Masterson said he ''didn't have the best fluidity'' with his delivery, but was happy with how he worked through it.

''That's where you learn a lot,'' he said.

Rockies: De La Rosa said he was working on - without much success - pitching inside and holding runners. He also had numerous communication issues with catcher Wilin Rosario.

''It didn't seem like they were on the same page early on,'' manager Walt Weiss said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Backup catcher Matt Treanor will be sidelined two to three weeks with a strained left hamstring sustained Wednesday. ... Outfielder Nyjer Morgan (calf) had a three-run double in his first game since March 12.

Rockies: Left-hander Franklin Morales, who injured his groin in his last start Wednesday, said he was in less pain Friday morning and was on schedule to throw a bullpen session Saturday.

LOGAN READY?

Rockies reliever Boone Logan said the plan ''as of now'' is to be on Colorado's 25-man roster to start the season. But it's far from certain.

''I need to be 100 percent to break camp,'' Logan said. ''I've got a few more games to work on that.''

The left-hander allowed three hits and walked in a run in his debut Thursday after offseason elbow surgery. He said his arm felt fine Friday and he's scheduled to pitch again Saturday.

''That will be a true test,'' he said.

INDIANS HITTING

Manager Terry Francona was pleased with 16 hits coming after the first off day of the spring.

Michael Brantley went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs.

''I wish you could bottle it and start,'' Francona said. ''He feels really good.''

ROSTER MOVE

Cleveland granted right-hander David Aardsma's request to be released after he was informed he wouldn't make the opening day roster.

TOUGH DECISIONS

Rockies executive Bill Geivett acknowledged there's difficult work ahead in picking the roster, with no big decisions expected until the end of next week.

''These are very, very interesting decisions with very similar-type players,'' Geivett said. ''And all of them are showing up well.''

The starting center field job and the fifth outfielder spot remain open, with Drew Stubbs, Brandon Barnes, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson having good camps.

Jordan Pacheco and Michael McKenry remain in contention for backup catcher. Josh Rutledge, Charlie Culberson, Ryan Wheeler and Paul Janish are competing for reserve infield roles.

And reliever Tommy Kahnle, a Rule 5 draft selection who hasn't pitched above Double-A, continued his impressive spring with a perfect fifth inning.

''To feel comfortable enough to go out there and do the things he's done on the mound, yeah, it's been impressive,'' Geivett said.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Wheeler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4020004 .378
   Mike Aviles, PR-SS2100002 .353
Nick Swisher, 1B3110011 .235
   Bryan LaHair, PR-1B2100010 .333
Jason Kipnis, 2B2110211 .343
   Joe Wendle, PR-2B2100000 .125
Carlos Santana, 3B3111102 .167
   Ryan Rohlinger, PR-3B2210000 .438
Michael Brantley, LF4133000 .500
   Matt Carson, PR-LF-RF0100000 .250
Lonnie Chisenhall, DH4222001 .286
   a-David Cooper, PH-DH0100100 .300
Yan Gomes, C4000003 .263
   Luke Carlin, C1111000 .250
Jeff Francoeur, RF2011110 .286
   Nyjer Morgan, CF2013001 .241
Elliot Johnson, CF-RF4022000 .350
   Bryson Myles, PR-LF1000001 .000
Justin Masterson, P0000000 .000
   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
   Blake Wood, P0000000 .000
   Tyler Sturdevant, P0000000 .000
Totals4214161354  
a-walked for Chisenhall in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Rohlinger (1, McClendon), Michael Brantley (7, Brothers), Nyjer Morgan (3, McClendon), Elliot Johnson (2, De La Rosa)
RBI - Carlos Santana (7), Michael Brantley 3 (7), Lonnie Chisenhall 2 (7), Luke Carlin (5), Jeff Francoeur (10), Nyjer Morgan 3 (6), Elliot Johnson 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Francoeur (9), Elliot Johnson 2 (4)
CS - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Rosario)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Yan Gomes (3, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson (W,3-0) 6522260 0.95
Chen-Chang Lee (H,5) 0.2111001 3.52
Cody Allen (H,4) 1000110 1.80
Blake Wood (H,4) 0.1000010 1.08
Tyler Sturdevant 1200010 0.00
WP - Justin Masterson 2 (2), Cody Allen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 43-35, Chen-Chang Lee 6-5, Cody Allen 10-5, Blake Wood 3-3, Tyler Sturdevant 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 7-5, Chen-Chang Lee 1-1, Cody Allen 2-0, Tyler Sturdevant 2-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 25, Chen-Chang Lee 3, Cody Allen 4, Blake Wood 1, Tyler Sturdevant 5
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, CF3000011 .262
   Matt McBride, RF2010000 .364
Jordan Pacheco, DH2020100 .357
   a-Ryan Wheeler, PH-DH2000012 .318
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3010011 .379
   Jason Pridie, LF-CF0000100 .344
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000014 .143
   Charlie Culberson, SS1000011 .263
Justin Morneau, 1B3110000 .227
   Ben Paulsen, 1B1000001 .250
Wilin Rosario, C1000000 .321
   Michael McKenry, C2000021 .227
Nolan Arenado, 3B2000100 .308
   Paul Janish, 3B1000000 .441
Tim Wheeler, RF-CF-LF4121010 .343
DJ LeMahieu, 2B2110011 .303
   Rafael Ynoa, 2B2000001 .231
Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   Chad Bettis, P0000000 .000
   Mike McClendon, P0000000 .000
   Bruce Kern, P0000000 .000
Totals3438139  
a-grounded out for Pacheco in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt McBride (3, Sturdevant), Jordan Pacheco (1, Masterson), Justin Morneau (2, Masterson), DJ LeMahieu (2, Masterson)
HR - Tim Wheeler (3, Lee)
SH - Wilin Rosario (1)
RBI - Tim Wheeler (5)
SB - Jordan Pacheco (1, 3rd base off Masterson/Gomes)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Culberson-Ynoa-Paulsen
E - Rafael Ynoa (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa (L,2-1) 3955210 8.44
Nick Masset 1211010 9.00
Tommy Kahnle 1000010 1.17
Rex Brothers 1244200 4.50
Chad Bettis 1000010 0.00
Mike McClendon 1344100 18.00
Bruce Kern 1000000 0.00
WP - Nick Masset (1)
HBP - Swisher (by Rex Brothers), Carson (by Mike McClendon)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 28-19, Nick Masset 8-7, Tommy Kahnle 5-5, Rex Brothers 15-5, Chad Bettis 5-5, Mike McClendon 12-6, Bruce Kern 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 4-3, Rex Brothers 2-1, Chad Bettis 2-0, Bruce Kern 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 19, Nick Masset 5, Tommy Kahnle 3, Rex Brothers 8, Chad Bettis 3, Mike McClendon 8, Bruce Kern 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12603
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Lance Barksdale