Duncan Paces Tribe To First Cactus League Victory; Indians 3, Royals 2
The left field carousel will continue to spin for at least a couple more weeks, but early high horse has clearly presented himself in Shelley Duncan. Duncan’s three run home run in the bottom of the third was all the Tribe needed to defeat the Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Cactus League play.
Duncan’s bomb was his second three run homer in only four games this spring. With left field a wide open spot pursued by many suitors, Duncan has asserted himself toward the top of the competition. He had two hits on the day and has accumulated four in three exhibition games. He was the only Tribe player to card two hits on the day. Jason Donald, Jose Lopez, Aaron Cunningham and Ezequiel Carrera were the only other Indians to card a hit on the day.
Kevin Slowey made his first spring appearance, throwing two shutout innings while scattering four hits. Slowey was the last of the fifth starter contenders to appear in a contest but he is probably the early leader. Chris Ray allowed two runs in an inning of work, but the remaining pitchers all had scoreless appearances. Vinnie Pestano, Jeremy Accardo, Scott Barnes, Nick Hagadone and Chen Lee each appeared. All but Barnes were making their second appearance of the spring.
Tomorrow, the Tribe travels to Scottsdale to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 3:05 pm in Cleveland. David Huff will get the start for the Tribe, while Joe Smith, Frank Herrmann and Hector Ambriz are each scheduled to pitch. The game can be seen on MLB Network and several players from each team are expected to be hooked up to microphones to present a unique sound of the game. Casey Kotchman, Jason Kipnis, Jack Hannahan and Michael Brantley are all supposed to be hooked for sound.
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