PHOENIX -- Taijuan Walker tossed five scoreless innings in his final spring tuneup, and the D-backs beat the Indians, 6-3, on a windy Thursday night at Chase Field.Walker, who finishes the spring with a 3.29 ERA, will start the third game of the regular season for the D-backs against the
PHOENIX -- Taijuan Walker tossed five scoreless innings in his final spring tuneup, and the D-backs beat the Indians, 6-3, on a windy Thursday night at Chase Field.
Walker, who finishes the spring with a 3.29 ERA, will start the third game of the regular season for the D-backs against the Giants. The right-hander, acquired from the Mariners in the offseason, allowed four hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out four.
The Indians elected to not start Josh Tomlin, who will face the D-backs next weekend when the two teams meet in a three-game regular-season series at Chase Field. Lefty Chris Narveson got the start in his place, and the D-backs scored five runs (four earned) off him in five innings.
In preparation for the upcoming series with the D-backs, in which they will not be able to field a designated hitter, the Indians played Carlos Santana in right field with Edwin Encarnacion at first base. Santana handled the balls hit to him while also picking up a pair of hits at the plate.
"I thought he did great. The wind was howling," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Santana's play in right. "He did a really good job. I was really pleased, and I think he was, too. You know what? It's nice to know that [he can handle it], if we do that, which we might. We'll see."
Cleveland third baseman Yandy Diaz, who was told Thursday that he had made the Opening Day roster, went 2-for-3 an RBI. Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez drove in runs for the Tribe in the sixth inning.
Indians Up Next:Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, Cleveland's late-inning duo, are scheduled to make their final appearances of the exhibition season, when the Tribe returns to Chase Field for a 9:40 p.m. ET game against the D-backs on Friday. The game can be seen live for free on MLB.TV. Minor League right-hander Travis Banwart will start for the Indians.
D-backs Up Next: Left-hander Robbie Ray will get his final regular-season tuneup when he takes the Chase Field mound Friday night at 6:40 MST in a free game on MLB.TV. This will be Arizona's last exhibition game before Sunday afternoon's regular-season opener against the Giants.
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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.