Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Some Tribe fans may have had flashbacks to opening day 2012 watching Thursday’s bout between the Indians and Padres in Peoria, Arizona. Justin Masterson shined in five innings of work leaving with a 3-2 lead. In the seventh, closer Chris Perez came in and not only blew the lead, but gave up four runs on five hits including a pair of 2-run bombs. Thankfully, it was just a spring training game with no need to play 16 innings, so fans’ nerves were spared for the time being. However, the outcome wasn’t much better than that fateful opening day game last year as the Tribe fell 6-4 to San Diego. Indians Lineup: Bourn CF (Carson CF)Kipnis 2B (Lawson 2B)Santana C (Jeroloman C)Swisher 1B (Aguilar 1B)Brantley LF (Latimore LF)Reynolds 3B (Rohlinger 3B)Chisenhall DH (Vick DH)Stubbs RF (Booth RF)Hernandez SS Indians Pitching: MastersonShawPerez (BS, 1) (L, 0-1)AllenSmith In his final tune-up before opening day in Toronto, Indians’ right-hander Justin Masterson looked as sharp as ever Thursday ag...
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