Wisler solid as Padres lose to Indians

GARY SCHATZ Associated Press Published:

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Carlos Santana hit a two-run home run off Tyson Ross, enhancing his chance of opening the season as the Indians' starting third baseman and helping Cleveland beat the San Diego Padres 12-7 Wednesday. Bryan graduate Matt Wisler struck out one and a allowed a hit in one inning of work.

Santana is moving from catcher to third base where he is competing with Lonnie Chisenhall for the starting spot. He robbed Chris Denorfia of an extra-base hit with a leaping stab behind the base.

"I thought Santana made two really good plays," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Sometimes during a game, you almost want to will the ball to go to him, but that's not fair. He showed his arm. The more he plays the more comfortable he will be over there."

Chisenhall singled and doubled in four trips as the designated hitter to help himself in the competition. He homered on Tuesday against Arizona.

"We want to see the best out of everybody. That's the goal," Francona said. "I wouldn't pull for anybody not to do good so we can have an easier decision."

Xavier Nady, who is trying to win a job as the backup to Yonder Alonso at first base, doubled and scored in the fourth inning and tied the game at 4 with a home run off Marc Rzepczynski in the sixth.

"Xavier with his versatility as a first baseman, outfielder and a right-handed bat to spell Alonso at first base," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He has experience in the National League player. He might fit the bill."

Cameron Maybin's biceps injury opens a corner outfield spot for Nady with Will Venable expected to move to center field.

Nyjer Morgan, who is trying to make it back to the majors after a year in Japan, left the game for a pinch runner after he doubled in the ninth. He had a problem with his left calf.

"We hope it's just a cramp," Francona said.

STARTING TIME

Indians' Corey Kluber, who was named by Francona after the game to start the second game of the season in Oakland, pitched three shutout innings until tiring in the fourth. Justin Masterson was named opening day starter on Tuesday.

"I think he kind of knew he was starting behind Masty," Francona said. "It gives me a reason to brag about him. I think he deserves it. He is quietly becoming one of the best pitchers in the game."

ROUGH RECOVERY

Indians pitcher Frank Herrmann was roughed up by the Padres in his first inning of spring. He gave up three runs on four hits, including a home run by Rymer Liriano. Herrmann had elbow surgery on March 31 of last year.

ROCKIES (SS) 3, REDS 2

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- An efficient Brett Anderson turned a scheduled three-inning start into a five-inning, one-run outing for Colorado as a Rockies split-squad beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.

Pitching on short rest because Colorado plays five games in three days, Anderson gave up five hits and struck out two. He didn't hit 50 pitches until the fifth.

"I didn't feel like I had the fastball velocity I had the first two outings, but my command was pretty good, still," Anderson said. "Breaking ball, both of them were pretty good. Coming off three days' rest, that's pretty much all I could ask for."

Charlie Culberson had an RBI double off Reds starter Mike Leake in the third. It was the lone run allowed by Leake, who yielded three hits and a walk in three innings as he regains strength following an abdominal injury.

YANKEES 7, TIGERS 7, 10 INN.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Hiroki Kuroda gave up six runs and 10 hits over 32/3 innings as the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers played to a 7-7 tie in 10 innings.

Nick Castellanos drove in two runs with a double during Detroit's four-run, six-hit first inning against Kuroda. Trevor Crowe had a two-run double during the third.

"I think the velocity is pretty good," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "It's a matter of small changes mechanically. I need to make adjustments, especially on my slider. I had a hard time finding good pitches, so that's what led to a bad result."

Kuroda also faced the Tigers last Friday, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out five over 22/3 scoreless innings.

Anibal Sanchez allowed one run, three hits and struck out three in four innings for Detroit. The right-hander retired his first six batters before Francisco Cervelli hit a third-inning solo homer.

Sanchez also pitched against the Yankees last Friday, allowing two runs and four hits, including a long two-run homer to Carlos Beltran, in three innings.

"He did a nice job, same as last time," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. "Looked like he had a little extra zip on his fastball."

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