Bryan graduate Matt Wisler debuts with San Diego Padres


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Bryan graduate Matt Wisler pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the San Diego Padres in a 15-4 setback to Cincinnati on Sunday.

Wisler didn't allow a run on a pair of hits while fanning one. Wisler is a spring training invitee.

Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips flashed his All-Star form at the plate and in the field as the Reds beat a split squad of San Diego Padres.

Hitless in his first two spring training games, Phillips had a two-run triple that scored Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton in the fourth inning.

A half-inning earlier, Phillips turned in a nifty defensive play. Running up the middle, he stabbed at Chris Denorfia's grounder and in one motion, jumped, turned and threw to first base for the out.

"Had some really good defense, especially early with Brandon and (third baseman) Todd Frazier," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "Some nice plays there."

Jay Bruce went 2 for 2 with a triple. Cozart had two hits, scored three times and stole a base, and Donald Lutz homered in the ninth.

Reds starter Brett Marshall threw two scoreless innings. The Padres didn't get a hit until the sixth inning.

"Nice to see Jay swing the bat so well," Price said. "A lot of well hit balls today. It was just good to see."


Cincinnati: Marshall walked two and hit a batter, while striking out one and being credited for the win. He threw 25 pitches in his outing -- 13 for strikes -- and induced two double plays.


Cincinnati: Pitcher Mike Leake was supposed to make his first start of spring training against San Diego, but the right-hander was scratched because of an abdominal injury. The date of his next start has not been set.


Reds speedster Billy Hamilton showed some timely hitting when he doubled home Roger Bernadina in the third inning for his first RBI of spring training.

But his first at-bat offered intrigue, too, even though it ended up with Hamilton grounding out to first base. A threat to steal whenever he gets on base, Hamilton has struggled to get there -- his OBP was .308 at Triple-A Louisville in 2013. The Reds' leadoff hitter saw nine pitches in his first at-bat, and after starting the count 0-2, he took a ball, fouled off three straight pitches and took two more balls before grounding out.

Hamilton is hitting .286 in three spring starts.

SPRING DEBUTS: San Diego right fielder Chris Denorfia and designated hitter Will Venable made forgettable spring training debuts Sunday. Denorfia went 1-for-3, while Venable was 0-for-2 with a walk.

On Monday, pitcher Josh Johnson will make his first start with the Padres when he faces San Francisco in Scottsdale, Ariz. Johnson signed a one-year contract with San Diego in November.

THIS AND THAT: Frazier tallied his first hit, run and stolen base of spring training for Cincinnati. ... For San Diego, Sunday was the only day of spring training that the Padres will have split-squad games. ... In addition to the 3,311 people in attendance, 112 dogs occupied Peoria Sports Complex as part of an Arizona Humane Society promotion.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Nick Swisher is excited to be back -- even if it is only early March.

Swisher made his spring debut for the Indians, recording an RBI on a fielder's choice, and left-hander Randy Wolf made his first start since having Tommy John surgery in 2012, throwing two shutout innings in Cleveland's 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

"Nice to be out there, man," Swisher said. "Just be out there with the guys and playing. It's super early in spring training, but just to be able to get out there, get a few hacks off. It felt good."

Last week, Swisher handed out T-shirts to teammates that read "Unfinished Business," setting the tone to improve on the Indians' brief playoff run last season.

Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor belted a three-run homer over the right field wall, his first of the spring.

"It was a good swing, it's exciting for us to see that," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We get a kick out of that every day when one of our young kids does something. It just makes the games more fun."

Left fielder Michael Brantley added three hits and second baseman Jason Kipnis had an RBI triple.

Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley knocked a two-run homer off Trevor Bauer. Robinson Cano had an RBI on a groundout in the first.


Mariners: With the recent injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker, Wolf has a great opportunity to make Seattle's rotation. He had the elbow-ligament replacement operation on his left elbow in October 2012 and hadn't pitched since Sept. 22, 2012.

"In spring training games you never really have that many nerves," Wolf said. "But when you haven't been out there for 17 months, you realize you miss the game a lot."

Indians: Aaron Harang is part of a crowded group vying to be Cleveland's fifth starter. He gave up one run in his two innings of work.

"Once I got in the stretch, I felt like my timing was a little off," Harang said. "I was rushing a little bit. Once I kind of got that under control, I was all right. I was making pitches when I needed to."


Indians: Infielder Jose Ramirez (thumb surgery) will be eligible to get into a game on Tuesday. . Pitcher Frank Herrmann (right elbow reconstruction) was scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday. . First baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair (left wrist debridement) is progressing and is expected to play this spring.

Mariners: Third baseman Kyle Seager was given a few days off after jamming his right index finger sliding into third base during Seattle's opener Thursday. ... Taijuan Walker rested his sore shoulder. . Iwakuma is not expected to throw for at least three more weeks and both he and Walker are candidates to open the regular season on the disabled list.


Carlos Santana is battling with Lonnie Chisenhall to be the Indians' third baseman while still adjusting to the position, and in the first inning, he threw a ball wide of first base on a Corey Hart grounder, allowing Hart to reach safely on the error. It was the first ball hit to Santana this spring.

"I think coming out of his glove, he just didn't have it," Francona said.


Logan Bawcom, making his first appearance of the spring, gave up the Mariners' first home run of the Cactus League season on Lindor's three-run homer.


Justin Masterson was originally supposed to pitch against Seattle, but because of Saturday's rainout, was instead scheduled to throw a simulated game, along with Austin Adams, Frank Herrmann and Mike Zagurski.


KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Detroit's Anibal Sanchez allowed one hit in two scoreless innings Sunday in a game that eventually ended in a 0-0, 10-inning tie between the Tigers and an Atlanta Braves split squad.

Sanchez was the American League's ERA leader last year, and he struck out 17 against Atlanta in an electrifying April outing. The Braves struck out only once this time in Sanchez's abbreviated start.

Ryan Doumit doubled to lead off the Atlanta second and went to third on a groundout by Chris Johnson that nearly hit Sanchez. The Detroit right-hander shook off that close call, striking out Dan Uggla and getting Joey Terdoslavich on a groundout to end the inning.

"I don't think too much about the situation right now," Sanchez said. "If Doumit scores or not ... right now, I work more on my command."

The 0-0 tie came one day after the Braves lost to Washington 16-15.


Braves: Left-hander Alex Wood, who is expected to compete for a job in the rotation, allowed three hits in two innings, striking out two.

Wood was helped by two double plays. Torii Hunter grounded into one in the first after Ezequiel Carrera and Victor Martinez hit back-to-back singles. The Tigers also had runners at first and second with one out in the second when Bryan Holaday lined into a double play.

"Last year, I came in with more of a sense of, 'I'm here to learn,'" said Wood, who made 31 appearances and 11 starts for Atlanta in 2013. "This year for me, I don't know if you'd call it a chip on your shoulder, but you come in here trying to win a job. Nothing's been given to me -- they haven't told me anything."

"I'm just coming in here every day and trying to win a job. There aren't many things that I've tried to do in my baseball career that I haven't been able to achieve," he said.

Tigers: Sanchez said he was joking around with Johnson not long before he was nearly struck by the Atlanta third baseman's sharply hit ball up the middle.

"I said, 'Don't swing today!'" Sanchez said. "He swings, and he almost hit me."

It was a close call for Sanchez, but the play ended up as a groundout to second.


Detroit had seven hits to Atlanta's six, but this game stayed scoreless, in part because there were seven double plays. The Braves turned four of them.

There was also a baserunning blunder that ended an Atlanta rally in the sixth. Andrelton Simmons tried to go from first to third on Freddie Freeman's single to right. The relay beat Simmons by about 25 feet for the final out of the inning.


Detroit left-hander Robbie Ray, who was acquired from Washington in the deal that sent Doug Fister to the Nationals this offseason, pitched two innings. He allowed two hits and a walk, but he got Simmons to bounce into a double play with two on in the third, and Doumit grounded into one the following inning after Freeman's leadoff single.


Tigers ace Justin Verlander threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, and manager Brad Ausmus expects him to make his first start of the spring against a Philadelphia split squad Thursday.

Verlander had surgery in January following a groin injury.

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