House comes away satisfied with spring debut

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- After missing the bulk of the 2014 season, Prince Fielder made it perfectly clear that he's starting the 2015 campaign healthy, going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in the Rangers' 8-7 win over the Indians on Sunday at Surprise Stadium.

Fielder reached on an error in his first at-bat, drove in a run via a fielder's choice in his second and blasted a home run to right-center in his third and final at-bat of the afternoon.

Fielder wasn't the only Rangers player to go yard. Outfielder Jared Hoying started the scoring in the second inning when Indians starter T.J. House left a changeup up in the zone. Hoying, who is coming off a career-best 33 home runs for Triple-A Round Rock last season, hit the offering well over the right-field wall.

The Indians didn't put their power on display until the ninth inning, when James Ramsey hit a two-run homer to right that tied the game at 7.

House, competing for the Tribe's fifth-starter role, tossed three innings, allowing three runs (two earned). Despite Hoying's homer, House was pleased with his outing.

"Just went out there, kept the ball down, threw strikes with my fastball and worked both sides of the plate, which is what I wanted to do," House said. "All around, it was a good day."

House, 25, still has plenty to prove this spring, but the lefty posted a 2.25 ERA over his final nine starts of 2014 and is hoping to follow that with a strong performance this spring.

"I can go out there and give my team a chance to win every fifth day," House said. "Especially in a situation where we're vying for a playoff spot, and I think that's a big key."

Rangers up next: Alex Gonzalez, who is competing for a spot in the starting rotation, will take the hill against the A's on Monday at Surprise Stadium. Keone Kela, Roman Mendez and Neftali Feliz are also scheduled to pitch, while Rougned Odor, Fielder and Joey Gallo are all expected in the starting lineup. The 3:05 p.m. CT matchup will be available via an exclusive free webcast on

Indians up next: Carlos Carrasco will make his spring debut when the Indians travel to Peoria to take on the Mariners at 4:05 p.m. ET on Monday. The 27-year-old right-hander is coming off a 2014 campaign in which he went 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA. Left-hander Bruce Chen will follow Carrasco. The game will be available on MLB.TV as well as an exclusive free webcast on

William Boor is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.