Nick Swisher plays first spring game, Cleveland Indians defeat Seattle Mariners 6-3

By STEVE DiMATTEO | AP Published:

By STEVE DiMATTEO | AP

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Nick Swisher is excited to be back -- even if it is only early March.

Swisher made his spring debut for the Indians, recording an RBI on a fielder's choice, and left-hander Randy Wolf made his first start since having Tommy John surgery in 2012, throwing two shutout innings in Cleveland's 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

"Nice to be out there, man," Swisher said. "Just be out there with the guys and playing. It's super early in spring training, but just to be able to get out there, get a few hacks off. It felt good."

Last week, Swisher handed out T-shirts to teammates that read "Unfinished Business," setting the tone to improve on the Indians' brief playoff run last season.

Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor belted a three-run homer over the right field wall, his first of the spring.

"It was a good swing, it's exciting for us to see that," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We get a kick out of that every day when one of our young kids does something. It just makes the games more fun."

Left fielder Michael Brantley added three hits and second baseman Jason Kipnis had an RBI triple.

Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley knocked a two-run homer off Trevor Bauer. Robinson Cano had an RBI on a groundout in the first.

STARTING TIME

Aaron Harang is part of a crowded group vying to be Cleveland's fifth starter. He gave up one run in his two innings of work.

"Once I got in the stretch, I felt like my timing was a little off," Harang said. "I was rushing a little bit. Once I kind of got that under control, I was all right. I was making pitches when I needed to."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Infielder Jose Ramirez (thumb surgery) will be eligible to get into a game on Tuesday. . Pitcher Frank Herrmann (right elbow reconstruction) was scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday. First baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair (left wrist debridement) is progressing and is expected to play this spring.

SHAKY START

Carlos Santana is battling with Lonnie Chisenhall to be the Indians' third baseman while still adjusting to the position, and in the first inning, he threw a ball wide of first base on a Corey Hart grounder, allowing Hart to reach safely on the error. It was the first ball hit to Santana this spring.

"I think coming out of his glove, he just didn't have it," Francona said.

ADJUSTING ON THE FLY

Justin Masterson was originally supposed to pitch against Seattle, but because of Saturday's rainout, was instead scheduled to throw a simulated game, along with Austin Adams, Frank Herrmann and Mike Zagurski.

tribe adds INF sellers

The Indians acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.

The Indians also said Sunday that they had designated infielder David Cooper for assignment.

The 28-year-old Sellers played 82 games for the Dodgers in the past three years, hitting .199 with three home runs and 17 RBI. He split time at shortstop, second base and third base.

The 27-year-old Cooper finished last season in Triple-A for Cleveland. He hit .300 with four homers and 11 RBI in 45 games for Toronto in 2012 before sustaining a serious back injury while diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt.

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