PHOENIX: Carlos Santana and Ezequiel Carrera homered to give the Indians seven home runs in four exhibition games and the Tribe won twice on split-squad Sunday, beating the Brewers 7-4 and shutting out the Reds 3-0 in Goodyear.
Santana’s first homer of the spring came with a man on in the third inning; Carrera’s solo blast came in the sixth.
For the first time this spring, Ryan Rayburn did not go deep. But he did have a single in two at-bats. In his first two games, he was 3-for-3 with three home runs.
Carlos Carrasco, Scott Kazmir and Trevor Bauer, all vying for the rotation, pitched the first five innings, and David Huff delivered two scoreless innings beginning in the sixth. Huff gave up one hit and struck out two.
Back at Goodyear Ballpark, seven pitchers held the Reds to one hit.
Zach McAllister and Daisuke Matsuzaka each threw two scoreless innings; Jerry Gil threw 1? innings; Cody Allen, T.J. House and Preston Guilmet pitched one inning apiece.
Rich Hill threw two-thirds of an inning and allowed the only hit plus two walks. He also struck out two.
Olin Santos doubled and drove two runs.
Before Trevor Bauer starts an inning, he walks to the back of the mound, runs toward the pitching rubber and throws the ball as hard as he can to the catcher.
Bauer calls this the crow hop.
“The first time I did it, I caught Carlos (Santana) off guard,” Bauer said. “It’s something I’ve always done. It gets me in the mindset of being aggressive and explosive.”
Asked his impression of Bauer’s maneuver, manager Terry Francona said, “I thought it looked like he has a good arm. If I tried that, my arm probably would fall off.”
Not the first time
In the Tribe’s first two exhibition games, Raburn has three home runs in three at-bats, which does not mean he has made the team.
“Every spring, a guy gets hot and a guy goes cold,” Francona said. “You can never figure it out. A guy like Raburn is playing for his baseball life, and you have to respect that.
“But if he was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, we wouldn’t feel any different about him. It’s still fun to see a guy taking good swings.”
Nick Swisher walked around the clubhouse Sunday morning wearing Raburn’s jersey, telling people that it would help him to go deep.
Joe Smith (strained oblique) will throw a bullpen today, and if he suffers no setbacks, Smith will throw live batting practice on Wednesday. He is expected to be ready for the season opener.
The Indians travel to Phoenix to play the Athletics today. Justin Masterson will make his first start of the spring against Andrew Warner.
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