Cingrani, Hamilton power Reds

GARY SCHATZ Associated Press Published:

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Tony Cingrani pitched seven solid innings, Billy Hamilton hit two triples and the Cincinnati Reds topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 Thursday in a split-squad game.

Both players will be on a major league roster for the first time.

"I'm beyond excited. It is a dream come true," said Cingrani, who hadn't had a chance to call home with the news.

"It is unbelievable for me and Billy. I played with Billy a lot in the minors. "It will be unbelievable for both of us."

Cingrani found out earlier that he will start the second game of the season against St. Louis on April 2. It's his first time on an opening-day roster.

The 24-year old left-hander allowed one run and five hits, including a homer by Nick Evans. Cingrani walked one but picked off two runners.

"Cingrani is the confident kind. He's not emotionally fragile," Reds first-year manager Bryan Price said.

Hamilton also singled. The speedster is expected to be in the opening day lineup, leading off in center field.

Hamilton almost hit his second homer of the spring. His drive bounced high off the wall and got past right fielder Jordan Parraz, and Hamilton took a wide turn at third but held.

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Reds: Cingrani allowed 15 earned runs in 24 1-3 innings in six spring starts.

"Statistically, it hasn't been a good spring, but he has improved his changeup and breaking ball," Price said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Catcher Devin Mesoraco hasn't played in 10 days because of a strained oblique.

Brett Marshall is slowed by a strained tendon in his middle finger. He strained it in the game on Wednesday against the White Sox.

MOVING ON

The Reds will leave injured players behind to work out in minor league games while the team breaks camp with non-roster players, Roger Bernadina, Chris Nelson and Jason Bourgeois.

The Reds play against their minor league affiliates in Pensacola on Friday night and Louisville on Saturday afternoon.

REDS 8, BREWERS 2

PHOENIX -- Jason Bourgeois had a double and a home run and drove in two runs as the Cincinnati Reds split squad beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 on Thursday.

Michael Lorenzen pitched four scoreless innings after three Reds pitchers threw an inning each to begin the game. Juan Duran added a two-run homer for Cincinnati, who had 14 hits.

Ryan Braun had an RBI double in the first and Hunter Morris added a solo homer in the eighth, his first of the spring.

Kyle Lohse tuned up for his start against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, allowing five hits and two runs in five innings.

Milwaukee will play two exhibition games against the Kansas City Royals at Miller Park on Friday and Saturday.

Yovanni Gallardo will make his fifth opening day start for the Brewers against the Braves on Monday. Only Ben Sheets had made more (six) in franchise history, and Gallardo will set a franchise mark with his fifth straight start on opening day.

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Reds: Cincinnati handled the pitching by committee on Thursday, with five of the six pitchers tossing 11/3 innings or less. Lorenzen was the lone exceptions and despite a lot of wildness - he allowed three hits and walked five batters including four of the first seven he faced - he escaped without allowing a run in four innings.

TIGERS 9, BRAVES 3

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Aaron Harang made his Atlanta Braves debut, allowing six runs, including a long homer to Miguel Cabrera, while pitching into the sixth inning of a 9-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Harang, who won 16 games in 2006 and '07, was signed by the Braves on March 24 after spending the start of spring training with the Cleveland Indians. He allowed eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Max Scherzer made his final start of the spring for the Tigers and went 6 2/3 innings, giving up homers to Jordan Schafer and B.J. Upton.

Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, went 2 for 3 with a double to raise his spring batting average to .441.

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Tigers: Scherzer was applauded warmly by the Lakeland crowd after being removed with two outs in the seventh. Scherzer and the Tigers have cut off discussions on a new contract and Scherzer said he wasn't happy with the way the news was released but said he sat down with General Manager Dave Dombrowski and things were fine between them.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Outfielder Rajai Davis made his longest appearance since pulling a hamstring March 16. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in seven innings. ... Outfielder Andy Dirks is still out indefinitely after undergoing lower back surgery. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Dirks will not being going north with the team and will stain in Lakeland for rehab. ... Outfielder Don Kelly is recovering from his left hamstring injury and is expected to play in a minor league game in Lakeland on Friday.

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Cabrera's home run off of Harang would have cleared the berm that runs beyond the left field fence at Joker Marchant Stadium if a fan didn't make an overhead catch at the top of the berm. Harang said the homer came on a changeup and that he had also given up a long homer to Cabrera last season when Harang pitched for Seattle.

INDIANS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

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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."

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