March 13, 2015

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Jason Kipnis doubled twice, and Jose Ramirez and Michael Bourn showed some power to rough up Jeremy Hellickson and the split-squad Cleveland Indians beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Friday.

Hellickson, slated for the Diamondbacks' rotation, failed to complete the second inning. He came to Arizona in a trade with Tampa Bay in November.

''It was so nice to see all our big guys swing the bats like that,'' Indians bench coach Brad Mills said. ''It wasn't just the doubles and home runs. Some of the outs were hit hard. It was the reason they got three good at bats.''

Hellickson couldn't get the ball down and it cost him. Bourn (3) and Ramirez (2) combined for five home runs last season.

''In spring it is more important for pitchers to get their work in,'' Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. ''When it's hot, hitters feel really good about themselves. We know Jeremy is a Major Leaguer.''

Brett Hayes piled on with a three-run home run off Daniel Hudson to back Zach McAllister, who pitched four quick scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and a walk and had three strikeouts.

Hudson, coming off two Tommy John surgeries, got into trouble by walking Carlos Moncrief and allowing a single to Ramirez in front of Hayes' at-bat. Hudson settled down and completed two innings with no further scoring. It is undetermined whether Hudson will start or work out of the bullpen.

''He has the stuff to get guys out as a starter or reliever,'' Hale said. ''We will sit down with him in a couple weeks to let him know but will continue the way we are for now.''

Kipnis was held out of action early in spring after offseason surgery to repair a tendon in his left ring finger.

''I did what I wanted to do. I pulled the change up and hit the fastball to left. It tells me it is where I want to be,'' Kipnis said. ''It is not only the physical thing but the mental thing with injuries. The hand will have the strength back it is telling yourself you're ok. You don't have to favor it.''

Paul Goldschmidt had two hits for Arizona.


Diamondbacks: C Oscar Hernandez, a Rule-5 pick from Tampa Bay, had surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left wrist on Thursday. Yasmany Tomas was originally in the lineup at third base but was a late scratch because of a headache and dehydration. He was replaced by Jamie Romak, who was the DH. Jake Lamb started at third.

Indians: Zach Walters left Thursday's game with an abdominal strain. He will be held out at least two days...Ryan Raburn had his left knee drained. It was planned before he left the game Thursday with discomfort in the knee. He will be ready to play on Saturday. ... Brandon Moss will miss both games on Friday because of a stomach virus. He's expected to play Saturday.


Diamondbacks: Jeremy Hellickson, the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year, was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay for INF Andrew Velasquez and OF Justin Williams.

Hellickson is not overly concerned with aa bad outing at this stage.

''It is not the most important thing in spring training but you don't like to get hit,'' said Hellickson, who doesn't have to compete for a rotation spot. ''It's still spring training. I will work to be better the next time.''

Indians: Zach McAllister made his third spring start. He started the 2014 season in the Indians rotation but back problems hampered him much of the season.

The door to regaining a spot in the 2015 rotation was opened when Gavin Floyd re-injured his elbow.

''It was a big loss. Gavin has really good stuff. I played catch with him earlier in spring,'' McAllister said. ''We have good depth. Everyone has pitched in the big leagues before. We have a lot of talent.''


McAllister's father, Steve, is the Midwest scouting supervisor for the Diamondbacks.


Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa is scheduled to start against the Mariners and Taijuan Walker. LHP Daniel Hudson, RHP Yoan Lopez and RHP A.J. Schugel also will pitch.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to start Saturday against the Dodgers opposing LHP Brett Anderson. RHP Josh Tomlin, who was scratched Sunday with shoulder fatigue will follow Carrasco. RHP Cody Allen, RHP C.C. Lee and RHP Anthony Swarzak also will pitch.

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