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Reds' Cueto pitches pain-free
Friday, February 28, 2014 10:00 AM
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto worked two scoreless innings of pain-free pitching on the mound Thursday in a preseason game with Cleveland.
Cueto made just 11 starts for Cincinnati last season, hampered by strained muscles in his right side that lingered the entire season. He has cut down on his turning motion during his delivery to try to prevent injury.
"I feel good," said Cueto, who threw 45 pitches in his first outing. "Nothing is sore."
Cleveland star catcher Carlos Santana made his first start at third base and got a hit. No chances to show off his glove, though.
Santana had a single in two at-bats, but didn't get to handle the ball at his new position as the Indians beat the Reds 12-3 with the help of three homers.
"Carlos is more comfortable out there than people give him credit for," manager Terry Francona said. "We have some decisions to make."
Indians catching prospect Jake Lowery hit a grand slam, and Elliot Johnson and Tyler Naquin added two-run homers.
Zack Cozart hit a two-run double for the Reds. Leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton singled in two at-bats.
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