HITS: Ryan Raburn strengthened his bid to win a roster spot as a bench player, hitting two home runs to give him three homers in three exhibition at-bats. … Left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-2 and has hits in all four of his at-bats this spring (three doubles). … Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run. … Reliever Bryan Shaw got the save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning and striking out two. … Closer Chris Perez worked a scoreless fourth inning in his exhibition debut.
MISSES: Reliever Matt Albers allowed four runs on four hits and a walk over one inning. … Corey Kluber, a candidate to win one of the final two spots in the rotation, allowed two runs on four hits over two innings. … Drew Stubbs and Jeremy Hermida each struck out twice in two at-bats.
ATTENDANCE: 4,309 at Goodyear Ballpark
DEBUT DAY: Jason Giambi made his spring debut, starting at designated hitter. He flied out to the warning track in his first at-bat and walked in his final plate appearance. “I made it, man,” the 42-year-old Giambi said after leaving the game. “My body’s still together.”
WORDS WAR: Cleveland starter Brett Myers hit Reds rookie Donald Lutz with a pitch in the first inning and it appeared the two had words before Lutz made his way to first base. According to Myers, he was asking the umpire if Lutz made an effort to avoid the inside offering. “It wasn’t nothing, maybe (Lutz) thought I said something to him,” Myers said. “It was a change-up. If I was trying to hit him, I definitely wouldn’t have chosen a change-up to hit him with.”