at Kissimmee, Fla.
Thursday, March 6 Astros at the plate: Hunter Pence drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single off Rafael Perez. Miguel Tejada and Darin Erstad chipped in with run-scoring singles. Indians at the plate: Left fielder Ben Francisco went 4-for-4, scored a run and drove in two more. Franklin Gutierrez went 3-for-4. Grady Sizemore and Josh Barfield contributed two hits apiece. Beau Mills added a two-run homer in the fifth and Brad Snyder hit a solo shot in the eighth.
With only one spot open in the Indians' bullpen, a handful of relievers have reason to bring their best stuff to spring games. Two of those relievers with a decent shot at making the club, Tom Mastny and non-roster invitee Jorge Julio, will give it a shot Friday, as the Indians host the Mets at 1:05 p.m. Left-hander Cliff Lee will make the start for the Tribe, opposite left-hander Oliver Perez.
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less