GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians rallied to beat the split-squad Rangers 3-2 Monday at Goodyear Ballpark to remain without a loss (2-0-1) early in the exhibition season.
Right-hander Carlos Carrasco made his spring debut, allowing two runs in the first inning. The runs came on a home run from Nomar Mazara, who hit a drive to right field that appeared to be foul.
It caused manager Terry Francona to quip that he wished the replay review system was in play during the exhibition season.
Cleveland trailed 2-1 before scoring twice in the fifth inning on a bloop single from Francisco Lindor and a double from Chris Colabello.
Mike Napoli, a team leader who had a big year in his only season with the Indians in 2016, signed a one-year contract with Texas, but did not make the trip.
Amherst native Ryan Rua was in the lineup for the Rangers, starting and playing five innings in left field. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Carrasco in the first inning, a groundout to third against Zach McAllister (third) and a fielder’s choice grounder off Dan Otero (fifth).
Michael Brantley took batting practice on the field for the first time this spring, making more progress in his bid to return from another right shoulder injury.
Brantley had been limited to hitting in the indoor cages after advancing from tee work and soft-toss swings upon his arrival at training camp.
He is not expected to play during the first week of the exhibition season.
Jason Giambi arrived in Goodyear to begin his stint as a guest instructor.
Giambi, 46, was a valuable clubhouse leader during his tenure in Cleveland from 2013-14, and is one of Francona’s favorites.
The five-time All-Star and former AL MVP hit 11 homers with 36 RBIs in 97 games for the Indians.
- Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from the lineup with an illness.
- The Indians own an all-time record of 124-120-21 in Cactus League play since relocating from the Grapefruit League and Winter Haven, Fla., in 2009.
- Today, 3:05 p.m. vs. Oakland at Hohokam Park in Mesa. Mike Clevinger (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first start for the Indians. WEOL 930-AM will broadcast the game.