March 20, 2016

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Backup infielder Jose Ramirez hit two home runs and the Cleveland Indians topped the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Sunday.

Ramirez hit a solo shot in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third against Wade Miley.

''They came off his bat so well,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''That's good to see. If you've got a guy that's coming in and playing, I don't know three or four times a week, if he has the ability to change a game, that's really helpful.''

Miley, who will open the season as Seattle's third or fourth starter, pitched well against Cleveland's other eight batters. In five innings, he allowed four hits overall.

''I feel great,'' Miley said. ''I feel like I'm in a good spot, where I need to be at. Pitch count is getting where it needs to be.''

Indians starter T.J. House, who projects as a long reliever, had a solid outing, throwing four scoreless innings. He gave up three hits.

Marlon Byrd, who signed a minor league contract on Friday, went 0 for 3 in his Indians debut.


Indians: House missed most of last season - he made four starts in April before being sidelined with a shoulder injury - but Francona was encouraged by what he saw from the 26-year-old left-hander.

''He was pretty good,'' Francona said. ''He threw strikes at the bottom of the zone. I think he's still trying to find that breaking ball that he had before.''

House allowed one base runner to reach second base and worked two 1-2-3 innings.

Mariners: Miley credited Ramirez with getting the best of him in their three matchups, particularly the two-run homer.

''Tip my hat, give him 2-0 changeup and I didn't think it was that bad of a pitch,'' he said. ''Not a whole lot of guys hit 2-0 soft and he did. He pounded it.''

Miley elicited a huge roar from the 8,641 in attendance when he picked off Rajai Davis at second base in the fifth inning.

''That's two of those in two days,'' Servais said. ''We've been talking about it - now's the time to work on that stuff.''


Indians: A day after hitting a home run in his Cactus League debut, outfielder Michael Brantley did not play. Francona expects Brantley, who had shoulder surgery in November, to play Monday.

Mariners: Outfielder/first baseman Stefen Romero has not played in a game since March 15 because of back spasms but could be healthy enough to be in the lineup on Monday.


Indians: Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 2.00 ERA) will celebrate his 29th birthday and make his fourth spring start when he meets Chicago White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll (0-0, 7.20 ERA) on Monday.

Mariners: A pair of Japanese right-handers will square off Monday when Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 5.87 ERA) faces Kenta Maeda (1-0, 0.00 ERA) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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