Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana made his first start at third base and got a hit. No chances to show off his glove, however, yesterday in Goodyear, Ariz.
Santana had a single in two at-bats, but didn’t get to handle the ball at his new position as the Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-3 with the help of three homers.
“Carlos is more comfortable out there than people give him credit for,” manager Terry Francona said. “We have some decisions to make. It is only the second game and we like (third baseman) Lonnie Chisenhall a lot.”
Catching prospect Jake Lowery hit a grand slam, and Elliot Johnson and Tyler Naquin added two-run homers.
Zack Cozart hit a two-run double for the Reds. Leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton singled in two at-bats.
Quiet start for Jeter
Derek Jeter got a partial standing ovation before going hitless in two at-bats in the first spring training game of his final season, a New York Yankees’ 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Tampa, Fla.
The Yankees captain, who turns 40 in June, hit a double-play grounder to second off Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton in the first and grounded out to third during the fourth against left-hander Jeff Locke.
Grady Sizemore returned to action for the first time in more than two years, playing three innings in left field and going hitless in two at-bats for the Boston Red Sox in a 5-2 victory over Northeastern in Fort Myers, Fla. Sizemore, a three-time All-Star, had not played since Sept. 22, 2011. ... Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke left his start against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Glendale, Ariz., after throwing only four pitches because of a mild right calf strain. “I think it’s minor, but we’ll see,” Greinke said. ... Robinson Cano lined a single into center field on the first pitch he saw in a Seattle uniform, part of a two-run first inning that sent the Mariners over the San Diego Padres 7-1. ... Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat for the Milwaukee Brewers since completing a season-ending, 65-game doping suspension.