GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians played to a 4-4, nine-inning tie on Wednesday.
Eugenio Suarez, who is moving from shortstop to third base for the Reds, doubled for the third time in two games.
“Eugenio is smart enough to know this is an opportunity for him to be an everyday big league player,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It’s a selfless act on his part to change positions but it’s also a smart thing to do.”
Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez homered off Jumbo Diaz. Anthony Recker also homered off reliever Caleb Cotham, who came to the Reds in the trade for Aroldis Chapman.
Jake Cave, who is battling for a job in leftfield, singled in two at bats for the Reds. As a Rule 5 draft pick out of the New York Yankees system, he must be carried on the 25-man roster all season or be offered back to the Yankees. Cave has three hits in the Reds’ first two games.
NOT SO FAST
Reds speedster Billy Hamilton went 0 for 2. He will alternate between designated hitter and center field until his shoulder is 100 percent after surgery in September.
“There are days he feels fatigue consistent with his surgery,” Price said. “It is not a concern for opening day. On days he feels good, we’ll put him in center.”
Reds: Robert Stephenson, the team’s top draft choice in 2011, pitched two scoreless innings. The right-hander is in the mix for a spot in the rotation. He allowed a hit and a walk.
“My nerves go the best of me in the first inning,” Stephenson said. ‘I was able to get on top of the ball in the second inning. There is a lot of difference between starting a game and pitching the eighth or ninth like I did two years ago when I pitched in a game here.”
Reds: Homer Bailey and Raisel Iglesias threw 35-pitch bullpens in the morning. Iglesias will face batters later this week and pitch in game around the 10th.
Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani start vs. the Indians. RHP Layne Somsen, LHP Jonathan Sanchez, RHP Stephen Johnson, RHP J.J. Hoover, RHP Pedro Villarreal and RHP Sal Romano will follow for the Reds.