Salazar sharp in Se­ries re­match

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -


MESA, Ariz. — Danny Salazar breezed through his first out­ing for the Cleve­land In­di­ans. No ex­tra adren­a­line from fac­ing the Chicago Cubs. No in­ter­est in re­vis­it­ing the World Se­ries.

Just an­other day at work. Salazar pitched two crisp in­nings, and Cleve­land and Chicago played to a 1-1 tie in spring train­ing Sun­day.

“I was just try­ing to work on my fast­ball,” said Salazar, who al­lowed one hit and struck out three. “Try­ing to work down on it and the first guy that I face, it was a walk. But af­ter that, just try­ing to re­lax and try to get my tempo back.”

The In­di­ans bat­tled in­juries for much of last sea­son, but still won the AL Cen­tral and made it all the way to the World Se­ries. Then they won three of the first four games against Chicago, but the Cubs ral­lied for their first ti­tle since 1908, win­ning in the 10th in­ning of Game 7.

The re­match — in name only, re­ally — looked noth­ing like their clas­sic meet­ing last fall, with each side tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to a look at sev­eral play­ers in front of a sell­out crowd of 15,388 on a typ­i­cally sunny Ari­zona day. Cubs Man­ager Joe Mad­don called it just an­other spring game, and Salazar sounded a sim­i­lar note.

“What hap­pened al­ready hap­pened,” he said. “I think that’s the past. This is a new year and we have a new goal and right now we’re just try­ing to get ready for the sea­son.”

Salazar missed the fi­nal part of last sea­son be­cause of tight­ness in his right fore­arm, but he re­turned in the World Se­ries and pitched three score­less in­nings in re­lief. He went 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 25 starts last year be­fore he got hurt, mak­ing the All-Star team for the first time.

“I think if you keep your­self healthy, you know there’s a lot of things that you can do,” he said.

Al­bert Almora Jr. walked and scored in the fourth for Chicago. Almora is ex­pected to share time in cen­ter with Jon Jay af­ter Dex­ter Fowler signed with St. Louis in free agency.

Jake Buchanan pitched two hit­less in­nings for the Cubs, and Matt Szczur went 2 for 2 with an RBI sin­gle.


At Dunedin, Fla., Kendrys Mo­rales hit a home run and drove in two runs for Toronto, and Jose Bautista also had two hits.

Mo­rales signed a $33 mil­lion, three­year deal with the Blue Jays over the win­ter, and Bautista re­turned to Toronto for an $18.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract.

Jeremy Hel­lick­son strug­gled through 2 in­nings for the Phillies, al­low­ing 4 hits and 2 runs. J.P. Crawford, Philadel­phia’s top prospect, went 1 for 3.


Michael Con­forto went deep for New York, and Jose Reyes drove in a run in at Port St. Lu­cie, Fla.

Con­forto had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice. He is look­ing to bounce back af­ter hit­ting .220 last sea­son.

Tigers starter Matt Boyd threw two score­less in­nings with two strike­outs.


At Tampa, Fla., Star­lin Cas­tro hit a three-run home run for the Yan­kees and prospect Billy McKin­ney also con­nected.

New York right-han­der Luis Sev­erino pitched two hit­less in­nings

Jar­rod Sal­ta­la­mac­chia hit a two-run home run for Toronto. Brett Ober­holtzer al­lowed three runs in two in­nings.


Ja­son Cas­tro hit a two-run home run off A.J. Cole, and By­ron Bux­ton also had a nice day for Min­nesota in Fort My­ers, Fla.

Bux­ton dou­bled to deep left in the first. He walked, stole sec­ond and scored on Jorge Polanco’s sin­gle in the sec­ond.

Cole was charged with four runs in 12/3 in­nings.


At Kis­sim­mee, Fla., Julio Te­heran pitched two score­less in­nings for At­lanta, and Fred­die Free­man had two hits.

Free­man is pre­par­ing to play for Canada in the World Base­ball Clas­sic.

Hous­ton’s Evan Gat­tis hit an RBI sin­gle. Max Stassi added a two-run homer.


Chris Archer made his spring de­but for the Rays and al­lowed one hit over two score­less in­nings in Port Char­lotte, Fla.

Tampa Bay’s Joe McCarthy hit a home run, dou­bled and drove in three runs.

Bos­ton starter Hec­tor Ve­lazquez gave up one run in two in­nings.


At Jupiter, Fla., Yadier Molina, Aled­mys Diaz and Eric Fryer had two hits apiece for St. Louis.

Molina and Fryer each drove in two runs.

Mi­ami’s Chris­tian Yelich, who is slated to play for Team USA in the WBC, had two hits and two RBI. Gian­carlo Stan­ton dou­bled in a run for the Mar­lins, and Dan Straily worked a score­less in­ning.


Adam Jones and Manny Machado hit a home run for Bal­ti­more, and Wade Mi­ley pitched two in­nings of one-run ball at Sara­sota, Fla.

Mak­ing his sec­ond ap­pear­ance in right field, the Pi­rates’ An­drew McCutchen had a dou­ble in three at-bats.


St. Louis Car­di­nals catcher Eric Fryer (41) slides home safely as Mi­ami catcher A.J.El­lis ap­plies the tag too late. Fryer had reached on a triple, then scored on a sac­ri­fice fly to right by Aled­mas Diaz in the fourth in­ning of the Car­di­nals 7-4 ex­hi­bi­tion vic­tory.

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