MLB inside pitch

2013-03-14T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• The Cleveland Indians have taken their swing at the 'Harlem Shake." With new manager Terry Francona, an former UA star, dressed as a big baby, Jason Giambi unrecognizable in a full-body green suit and Nick Swisher in an Ohio State football uniform, the team filmed their version of the viral video craze earlier this week. The short film begins with Francona addressing his players in the clubhouse before he begins to dance across the floor. Seconds later, the room erupts with players donned in colorful costumes. The dance is to the song of the same name, with thousands of videos popping up on the Internet in recent months. The Indians said the video generated over 34,000 page views on the team's blog in under four hours after its release.

• Indians reliever Frank Herrmann will miss the entire season after having Tommy John surgery. The right-hander, who has pitched in 95 games for Cleveland over the past three seasons, had the operation Wednesday in New York.

• Mike Trout had a double and a triple and Peter Bourjos homered as the star-studded Angels knocked San Diego around early but blew a lead late in an 8-6 loss Wednesday in Peoria. Bourjos' two-run homer in the fourth inning off Clayton Richard put the Angels ahead 5-2. Richard allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. Los Angeles starter Joe Blanton allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Albert Pujols was the Angels' designated hitter and went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Right fielder Josh Hamilton also had a hit and drove in a run.

• Ervin Santana had his fastball of old. The 30-year-old right-hander struck out seven in four innings, including six of eight in one stretch, to help Kansas City beat Seattle 4-2 Wednesday and improve to 14-2. Santana allowed two hits and walked none, throwing 35 of 53 pitches for strikeouts. He allowed his only run on Carlos Truinfel's third-inning HR.

• Giants infielder-outfielder Brett Pill will have right knee surgery today to repair a torn meniscus and is likely to miss 3 to 4 weeks.

• The Royals are sending former No. 1 overall draft pick Luke Hochevar to the bullpen after more than five seasons of shaky results in the starting rotation.

Grapefruit League

• Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was more surprised than concerned after Kris Medlen was hit by two line drives Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla. Medlen pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings, then left the Braves' 2-1 win over Miami when he was hit by a line drive for the second time. "I'm surprised the balls hit him because usually he makes those plays. He's that good of an athlete," Gonzalez said. "I think we dodged a bullet with him getting hit." Rob Brantly lined a single off Medlen's left shoe with one out in the fourth, and Casey Kotchman hit the right-hander's pitching arm in the fifth. Medlen was replaced for precautionary reasons.

• Andy Pettitte made his spring debut in the Yankees' 6-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. Pettitte, who had been pitching in simulated games, allowed one run and four hits over three-plus innings. The left-hander had three strikeouts and three walks.

• Bryce Harper appears to be perfectly suited for the No. 3 spot in the Nationals lineup. The 20-year-old left fielder hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single for a Washington split squad in an 8-5 victory over the Mets in Viera, Fla. "I like having two guys in front of me that get on base and see a lot of pitches," Harper said. "They're just going to make me better." Harper, who batted second for Washington last season, is now hitting behind new leadoff hitter Denard Span and Jayson Werth.

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