"I am ready for Opening Day," said Cueto, who will start on April 5 against the Marlins.Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez, who is battling for the fifth spot in the rotation against Kevin Slowey, pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and four strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Gomez injured his hip covering first base when Jay Bruce grounded into a double play. Cleveland trainer Lonnie Soloff confirmed that Gomez exited the game with a hip injury. The Indians added three runs in the top of the seventh inning, with the big hit being Jose Lopez's two-run double to the wall in left-center field. Cincinnati scored its first run in the fifth inning after Devin Mesoraco hit a leadoff double to left-center field. Mesoraco advanced to third on a Cueto sacrifice and scored on Paul Janish's RBI groundout to the shortstop.
Up next: As the Opening Day roster gets closer to being finalized, Saturday could be a pivotal outing for Reds pitcher Jeff Francis when he faces the Giants at 6:05 p.m. ET in Scottsdale. Francis, who gave up 11 earned runs and 11 hits over three innings in his last start, could have a chance at the final bullpen spot. There are currently 12 pitchers on the roster, although Francis has never worked as a reliever in his career. Left-handers Bill Bray and Sean Marshall will see action from the bullpen. San Francisco will start Ryan Vogelsong.