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Arizona (12-10)000000200250

Kluber strong, Miley shaky in spring finale

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Cleveland's Corey Kluber had a strong final spring outing; Arizona's Wade Miley, not so good.

Kluber, the No. 2 starter in the Indians' rotation, allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings in Cleveland's 3-2 victory over a Diamondbacks' split-squad on Thursday.

Kluber blanked Arizona for six innings before being tagged for a pair of runs in the seventh. He struck out seven and walked one.

Miley, the starter in the Diamondbacks' season-opening 3-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, gave up three runs on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, walking one and hitting a batter.

Both teams have exhibition games Friday and Saturday. Arizona plays the Chicago Cubs at Phoenix's Chase Field, the Indians are at San Diego.

Cleveland finished with the second-best record in all of spring training at 19-8, which of course has no significance in the long run.

Except, manager Terry Francona said, ''it means that we played pretty good baseball, which I love.''

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson was not in the dugout for the second game in a row. He is on crutches after undergoing knee surgery. Bench coach Alan Trammell took his place.

Both Kluber and Miley are scheduled to pitch on Tuesday.

STARTING TIME

Indians: Kluber was knocked around in his previous start, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in six innings against Colorado. But he was outstanding until the final inning on Thursday.

''Every time he's pitched, he's gotten toward the end of his outing and got a little fatigued,'' Francona said. ''That's why you build up. It's the normal progression for any pitcher. He just needs to get enough repos for the game to dictate how long he pitches.''

Diamondbacks: Miley said he was not fatigued by the long trip to Australia and back.

''That's not an excuse at all,'' he said. ''I just wasn't executing pitches, leaving fastballs over the plate, really wasn't getting ahead. They were just able to sit on them. One to forget.''

Miley seemed out of sorts, twice failing to get to first base to cover the bag on ground outs.

TRAINING ROOM

Indians: Utility INF Mike Aviles was a scratch because of a sore lower back. OF Michael Bradley was given the day off to rest.

Diamondbacks: There was no news on RHP Bronson Arroyo, who is scheduled to start Saturday in an exhibition against the Cubs at Chase Field. Arroyo, who never has been on the disabled list in his pro career, has been sidelined with a sore back. If all goes well Saturday, he'll probably start the fourth game of the series against San Francisco next Thursday.

BRADLEY TO MINORS

Arizona's top pitching prospect Archie Bradley will open the season with Triple-A Reno after spending spring training with the big league club. Manager Kirk Gibson says Bradley needs to work on his fastball command but the skipper has no doubt the 21-year-old pitcher will be able to help the Diamondbacks at the major league level this year.

Bradley said he's not surprised by the move and knows there are a few things he needs to work on.

Gibson said that when the Diamondbacks call up Bradley, they want it to be for good.

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

N. Morgan
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Arizona

R. Flores
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elliot Johnson, SS-3B4110032 .352
Nick Swisher, 1B2000101 .292
   Jerrud Sabourin, 1B1000001 .500
Jason Kipnis, 2B3021010 .353
   Ryan Rohlinger, 2B1000001 .364
Carlos Santana, 3B4010003 .179
   Ronny Rodriguez, PR-SS0000000 .167
Ryan Raburn, DH3000012 .321
   a-Lonnie Chisenhall, PH-DH1000001 .316
Matt Carson, LF4110002 .220
Yan Gomes, C3000001 .216
   Tony Wolters, C0000100 .400
Nyjer Morgan, CF4121000 .233
David Murphy, RF2011001 .184
   Tyler Holt, RF1000111 .444
Corey Kluber, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
Totals3338336  
a-grounded into a double play for Raburn in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Carson (3, Miley), David Murphy (4, Miley)
RBI - Jason Kipnis (11), Nyjer Morgan (7), David Murphy (4)
2-OUT RBI - Nyjer Morgan (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Carson 1
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Corey Kluber (W,1-1) 7522170 5.60
Marc Rzepczynski (H,5) 1000010 1.17
Scott Atchison (S,1) 1000020 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 44-39, Marc Rzepczynski 5-5, Scott Atchison 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 4-9, Marc Rzepczynski 2-0, Scott Atchison 1-0
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 26, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Scott Atchison 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF2000000 .326
   Cliff Pennington, SS2000001 .289
Aaron Hill, 2B2010000 .333
   Socrates Brito, RF2000001 .222
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B2000021 .245
   Ryan Court, 1B1000110 .000
Martin Prado, 3B2000011 .467
   Gerson Montilla, 3B2110010 .500
Eric Chavez, DH2000020 .167
   a-Rudy Flores, PH-DH2011000 .545
Mark Trumbo, LF1000000 .256
   Tony Campana, LF-CF2100001 .220
Chris Owings, SS2000000 .286
   Sean Jamieson, 2B1011000 .400
A.J. Pollock, CF2000010 .395
   Henry Blanco, C1000011 .227
Tuffy Gosewisch, C2010000 .333
   Tom Belza, LF1000010 .000
Wade Miley, P0000000 .000
   Josh Collmenter, P0000000 .000
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   Addison Reed, P0000000 .000
Totals31252110  
a-singled for Chavez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Gerson Montilla (1, Kluber)
RBI - Rudy Flores (5), Sean Jamieson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Jamieson (1)
SB - Tony Campana (6, 2nd base off Kluber/Gomes)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - A.J. Pollock 1
DP - Court-Pennington
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley (L,0-2) 4.2733120 2.41
Josh Collmenter 2.1000120 0.00
Brad Ziegler 1100000 11.37
Joe Thatcher 0.1000100 1.29
Addison Reed 0.2000020 1.17
WP - Wade Miley (1)
HBP - Johnson (by Wade Miley)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 30-24, Josh Collmenter 15-11, Brad Ziegler 3-3, Joe Thatcher 5-1, Addison Reed 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 4-7, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Joe Thatcher 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 22, Josh Collmenter 8, Brad Ziegler 3, Joe Thatcher 2, Addison Reed 2
Game Information
Attendance - 11929
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Nick Lentz, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Jeff Morrow, Third Base - Marcus Pattillo