Swisher, Dice-K spark Cleveland win

3/6/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nick Swisher hit one of three Cleveland home runs, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched three scoreless innings and the Indians beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Tuesday.

“There’s a lot of buzz going on around this team,” Swisher said. “This camp has been great and so much fun. It will be interesting to see how the season works itself out.”

Swisher signed a four-year deal worth $56 million with the Indians as a free agent last December.

“One of the great things about this team is the mix of younger guys and veterans,” Swisher said. “We have, arguably, the fastest American League team and I have the utmost faith in everybody. It’s a good atmosphere and a good vibe.”

Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer for the Giants, who lost their second straight. Brandon Belt also homered.

Swisher hit his second home run of the spring and is now batting .500.

“Right now we have to find our identity,” Swisher said. “There are a lot of new guys here and we’re all trying to get to know each other.”

U.S., White Sox tie

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The U.S. team played to a 4-4 tie with the Chicago White Sox in the first of its two exhibition games leading up to the start of the World Baseball Classic.

But first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss the tournament after straining his right forearm while swinging in the batting cage before the game.

X-rays were negative, and Teixeira was headed back to New York City, where the Yankees said he will be evaluated today.