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Published: Sunday, 3/20/2011

Duncan hits first homer of spring

ASSOCIATED PRESS

TEMPE, Ariz. — Shelley Duncan hit his first home run of the spring, a three-run shot, and the Cleveland Indians overcame a brief hiccup by starter Justin Masterson to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-7 Saturday.

Scott Kazmir had a difficult outing for the Angels, allowing four runs and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Duncan broke a 4-all tie with his homer off reliever Jason Bulger in the seventh, but the Angels rallied. Alberto Callaspo tripled in two runs to cut the deficit to 7-6 in the bottom half. He scored on Alexi Amarista's two-out single to tie it. All three runs were charged to Jensen Lewis.

Juan Diaz put Cleveland ahead again with an RBI double in the eighth.

Kazmir, who was 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA last season, made his fourth spring start. He yielded three hits and struck out three.

Three of the runners Kazmir walked came around to score. He walked Carlos Santana and Jason Nix in the third and both came in on Austin Kearns' long double to left-center for a 4-0 lead.

The Angels scored four in the third off Masterson, with three coming on Howie Kendrick's bases-loaded single to right that was bobbled by Kearns for an error. Bobby Abreu then singled in Kendrick.

Masterson made his fifth start, giving up six hits and four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one."

In his previous start, Oakland roughed up Masterson for five runs and seven hits over four innings.

Masterson went 6-13 with a 4.70 ERA over 34 games (29 starts) for Cleveland in 2010.

Chad Huffman doubled in a run, and Adam Everett added an RBI single for a 2-0 Indians lead in the second. Everett left the game with a jammed left thumb.

Tigers 2, Braves (ss) 1
LAKELAND, Fla. — Andy Dirks hit a two-run triple in the ninth inning, giving Detroit a victory over a split squad of Atlanta.

Dirks' winning hit came off Arodys Vizcaino after singles by Brennan Boesch and Scott Sizemore.

Rick Porcello pitched 4 2/3 innings for the Tigers, giving up three hits including Alex Gonzalez's RBI single.



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