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Justin Masterson strikes out seven, Cleveland Indians lose to San Diego Padres 6-4

Associated Press Published: March 29, 2013 4:00 AM
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Cleveland Indians opening day starter Justin Masterson allowed two runs and six hits and had seven strikeouts in five innings in the Tribe's 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday. He'll kick off the regular season Tuesday at the Toronto Blue Jays.

"He had a good, live fastball, which is a clear sign that he's ready," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Justin had a good spring, and he feels good about himself as a result. He's well situated going into the regular season."

Meanwhile, Padres third basemen can't seem to stay healthy.

Logan Forsythe was the latest to succumb to injury, and will miss at least six weeks with plantar fasciitis. The timing couldn't be worse.

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Star Chase Headley is on the disabled list another 2-4 weeks with a fractured thumb, and Forsythe was supposed to replace him. With Forsythe out and prized third-base prospect James Darnell out indefinitely with an oblique strain, the Padres are on to Plan D.

Their next best option was on display in Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Peoria Sports Complex.

Primary second baseman Jedd Gyorko slid over to third -- he played there in the minors -- and utility infielder Alexi Amarista took Gyorko's spot.

Veteran reserve infielder Cody Ransom will also be the mix at third against left handed pitching, which will push Gyorko back to second and platoon out left-handed hitting Amarista.

No plan is perfect - even Forsythe would've struggled to replicate Headley's significant production - but the Padres will make do with what they have.

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Cleveland right fielder Drew Stubbs went 2-for-3 with two RBI and second baseman Jason Kipnis hit a home run off Richard in the fifth.

Padres 6, Indians 4



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Umpires-Home, Ryan Blakney; First, Jon Saphire; Third, Joel Hospodka.

T-2:29. A-4,353 (11,333).

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