Smith, Headley homer as Padres beat Indians 9-8

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seth Smith and Chase Headley homered, and Yonder Alonso hit a three-run double to lead the San Diego Padres to a 9-8 victory against the Cleveland Indians in their spring training finale Saturday at the University of San Diego’s Fowler Park.

Now it’s on to the regular season. The Padres host their biggest rival, the defending NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, in baseball’s North American opener Sunday night. The Indians open at Oakland on Monday night.

“As competitive as we are, you want to win at ping pong, tiddlywinks, exhibition baseball, you want to win,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “NCAA pools; you want to win them.”

The Indians routed the Padres 16-4 Friday night.

“We’re ready for tomorrow,” Black said. “Our guys did a good job of preparing the last week to get ready. Spring training gets a little long, obviously, for guys who’ve been there the whole time and stayed healthy and are grinding through. I think once you get about a week away, guys see a light at the end of the tunnel and change their mindset a little bit.”

Cleveland’s Matt Carson hit a three-run homer and a two-run drive. Jason Kipnis hit a solo shot.

The Indians won 92 games last year before losing 4-0 to Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card game.

“We have a pretty versatile team and that helps,” manager Terry Francona said. “You prepare. Once I’m prepared I can sit back and get into the game.”

STARTING TIME

Indians: Cleveland’s Danny Salazar, scheduled to start the home opener Friday, allowed six runs - five earned - and seven hits with five strikeouts in five innings. He gave up Alonso’s bases-clearing double in the third and Headley’s opposite-field homer to left-center in the fifth.

Padres: Left-hander Eric Stults held the Indians to one run and one hit in four innings. He’s scheduled to start at Miami on Friday night.

“Stultsy pitched well his last three starts,” Black said. “He’s mixed his pitches; he’s pitching like he would in the regular season.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: As expected, left fielder Carlos Quentin, who’s making $9.5 million this year, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left knee. Also going on the DL were right-hander Josh Johnson (forearm) and center fielder Cameron Maybin (left biceps).

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