Indians edge Reds 11-10 to open spring
Saturday, February 23, 2013 3:59 AM
GOODYEAR, Ariz. - The Cleveland Indians opened a new era under manager Terry Francona with an 11-10 comeback win over the Cincinnati Reds in a preseason exhibition opener on Friday.
Mike McDade hit a three-run double with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Indians, who followed a 94-loss season by hiring Francona and spending nearly $120 million on free agents.
Joey Votto singled in his first two at-bats for Cincinnati, which took a 10-8 lead into the ninth. The 2010 NL MVP reported to training camp healthy after missing 48 games in 2012 following two arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee.
It was Francona's first game as a manager since the end of the 2011 season, when he parted ways with Boston after winning two World Series titles with the Red Sox.