San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, right, tags out Cincinnati Reds' Paul Janish during the 12th inning Wednesday.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Scott Rolen's shoulder looked just fine.
Mike Leake appeared to be a little rusty.
Rolen went 2 for 2 in his return from shoulder surgery that
caused him to miss the final two months of last season, and the
Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians played a 6-6, nine-inning tie
Saturday in their spring training opener.
Rolen is a seven-time All-Star, including 2010 and 2011. But the
36-year-old didn't play after July 20 last year and had
arthroscopic surgery Aug. 3 to remove bone spurs and fragments from
a joint in his left shoulder.
Leake, competing for a spot in the Reds' rotation, started for
Cincinnati and allowed two runs - one earned - and four hits in two
"Leake wasn't as sharp as he usually is," Reds manager Dusty
Baker said. "I don't worry about Leakie. His pitches weren't up,
but they were down the middle."
Cleveland starter David Huff, among four candidates for the
fifth slot in the Indians rotation, allowed three hits in two
"I'm not thinking about fifth spot. I'm just thinking about
attacking the hitter and making good pitches," Huff said.
Michael Brantley, expected to move from left field to center to
fill in for injured Grady Sizemore, doubled leading off the game
for Cleveland and also singled in a 2-for-3 afternoon. Cleveland
built a 4-0 lead in the first three innings against Leake and Ron
Mahay, but the Reds tied it with four runs in the fourth off Frank
Joey Votto, the 2010 NL MVP, doubled to start the inning against
Herrman, who is trying to earn a spot in Cleveland's bullpen after
splitting time between the Indians and Triple-A Columbus last year.
Jay Bruce had an RBI infield single, Drew Stubbs hit a two-run
double and Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 first-round pick in 2007 who made
it to the majors last season, tied it with a single.
"What got Herrman in trouble was the lefthanders Votto and Jay
Bruce," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "He wasn't able to
retire them. Then there was a ball blooped in there and a ground
ball got past (Jason) Kipnis. "It's the first day that's part of
Neftali Soto homered in the fifth against Robinson Tejeda for a
5-4 Reds' lead.
"He works hard," Baker said of Soto, a possible Reds' first
baseman of the future. "He's improved a lot. We promoted him to
Louisville at the end of last year. He hit 31 home runs and he
missed a month."
Cleveland went ahead in the ninth on Juan Diaz's popped single
and an error by shortstop Paul Janish.
Todd Frazier helped his chances to earn a utility spot with the
Reds with a solo homer with one out in the bottom half against Chen