LaPorta goes yard for Tribe in slugfest
Left fielder makes up for error with homer off D-backs ace
Diamondbacks 15, Indians 9
at Goodyear, Ariz.
Thursday, Feb. 26
Diamondbacks at the plate: It was a busy day on the basepaths for the D-backs. Conor Jackson went 2-for-2 with a double that left fielder Matt LaPorta lost in the sun, an RBI and two runs scored. Josh Whitesell teed off on Tomo Ohka with a leadoff shot to jumpstart a six-run seventh. Non-roster invitee Ryan Roberts had two RBIs off the bench. Indians at the plate: LaPorta, the Tribe's key acquisition in the CC Sabathia trade, made up for his earlier foible in the field by crushing his first homer of big league camp -- a solo shot off Dan Haren in the second. Grady Sizemore, who will leave camp Sunday to represent Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, had RBI singles in the third and fourth innings and scored a run. Diamondbacks on the mound: Haren got his work in, giving up a run on one hit with no walks and a strikeout in two innings. Left-hander Doug Davis, on the other hand, worked overtime. He was torched for five runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. He couldn't make it out of a three-run fourth. Indians on the mound: Starter Aaron Laffey, competing for a rotation job, made the first of the Indians' four errors on a play at first in the second inning, and it resulted in an unearned run. It was an ugly day for non-roster invitees Jack Cassel (four runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings) and Ohka (six runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits in one inning). Cactus League records: Diamondbacks 2-0; Indians 0-1 Up next: The Indians host the Padres at 3:05 p.m. ET Friday at Goodyear Ballpark. Right-hander Fausto Carmona will get the start opposite right-hander Cha Seung Baek. The Diamondbacks host the White Sox at 1:05 p.m. MT, with right-hander Brandon Webb starting opposite left-hander John Danks. Right-hander Jon Garland is also scheduled to pitch against his old club.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.