Reds beat Tribe 8-3 in debut

GARY SCHATZ Associated Press Published:

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Bryan Price won in his managerial debut, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto singled home runs, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 8-3 on Wednesday.

Price was elevated from pitching coach to manager when the Reds fired Dusty Baker after last season despite their third playoff appearance in four years. Price managed a game for the first time at any level.

Chris Heisey hit a two-run homer and a double in the spring training opener for both Ohio teams. Ludwick has recovered from a shoulder injury that cost him most of last season and limited him after his return.

Billy Hamilton, who stole 13 bases for the Reds last September, drew a nine-pitch walk and stole a base as the Reds leadoff hitter. The 23-year-old Hamilton, expected to replace Shin-Soo Choo in center field, stole second and continued to third on Yan Gomes' wild throw.

"We just throw them out there and they get to utilize their natural aggressiveness," Price said. "We want guys to take some risks and challenge themselves on the bases. We can see what we need to work on or what guys have more to offer than we've known in the past."

Votto, who drove in just 73 runs last season from the third spot in the batting order, hit an RBI single off lefty reliever T.J House.

Ryan Raburn doubled and scored for the Indians. He won a spot on Cleveland's roster last year with a strong showing in spring training.

Tigers 6, Braves 5

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- In a spring training game that ended with neither team sure who won, the Detroit Tigers were awarded a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves in a rain-shortened exhibition Wednesday.

Hernan Perez hit a two-run, two-out single in the top of the ninth inning that put the Tigers ahead.

The game was stopped with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with a Braves runner on first base, and it never resumed.

During the regular season, the game would have been suspended and completed later. The Braves asked the Elias Sports Bureau for a ruling -- with no resumption in sight, the Braves said Elias told them Detroit was declared the winner.

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw was rocked for three runs on five hits in two innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 Wednesday in the teams' spring training opener.

Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner with a new seven-year, $215 million contract, struck out two and walked one.

He gave up three extra-base hits, including A.J. Pollock's RBI triple and Martin Prado's run-scoring double.

Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 with an RBI double for the Dodgers.

Athletics 10, Giants 5

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Josh Reddick made two highlight-reel catches to take away homers from Michael Morse, Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt each drove in two runs during a six-run fourth inning against San Francisco closer Sergio Romo, and the Oakland Athletics opened Cactus League play with a 10-5 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

Yoenis Cespedes also drove in two runs as the A's won their first spring opener in three years and their second in 10 years. Alberto Callapso, John Jaso and Michael Taylor also drove in runs. Sam Fuld and Nick Punto each added two hits.

Pirates 6, Yankees 5

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jacoby Ellsbury reached base in all three plate appearances of his New York Yankees' spring training debut, scoring twice Wednesday in 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ellsbury, who left World Series champion Boston for a $153 million, seven-year contract with New York, walked twice and had an infield single in the exhibition opener. He was on base in the second inning when Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run homer off Edinson Volquez.

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