- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Mike Napoli hit his second spring homer for the Cleveland Indians, who lost 5-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Napoli hit a three-run shot in the first inning against Chase Anderson. Yan Gomes followed with a drive to left for his second spring homer, lifting Cleveland’s split-squad to a 4-2 lead.

“That’s why Nap is here,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Gomer’s taken a couple swings this spring that are short, direct and doesn’t look like there’s a lot of effort.

Anderson, who was acquired in the January trade that moved Jean Segura to Arizona, allowed five hits in three innings. Four of the hits were in the first inning, including singles by Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor ahead of Napoli’s drive. He allowed a single to Gomes in the third.

“It’s a spring training outing you feel like you got something from,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Anderson made an adjustment during the outing and got after it for the next seven outs. He did a nice job.”

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was claimed off waivers from the Mets, hit a two-run homer in the first for Milwaukee, which added three more runs in the seventh.

Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin allowed two runs and three hits in three innings. Bryan Shaw and Joba Chamberlain each pitched a scoreless inning for the Indians.

“I have to try and trick people as much as I can,” Tomlin said. “I’m not going to overpower anybody. I need to get quick outs. On the home run, I tried to get the cutter down. I didn’t get it there.”


Brewers: Anderson struck out one and walked none.

“It was good to finish on a positive note,” Anderson said. “I need to understand the guy I am. I’m not going to overpower people. My step forward as a pitcher is to pitch deeper into ballgames. I feel I can do that.”

Indians: Tomlin also finished strong, and then went to the bullpen and threw another 20 pitches.

“Every outing he’s getting closer to being Tomlin,” Francona said.


Anderson showed off an “H Wave” on his right arm. The device sends pulses through four sensors taped to his right arm, making it twitch.

“It takes the place of ice,” Anderson said. “It’s a technology that we are using to recover faster. Our goal is to recover as fast as we can to go out in five days and do it again.”


Brewers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress, who is competing for the closer job, has nearly recovered from his right hamstring injury. He is expected to appear in games next week. … OF Ryan Braun’s back is getting better. He is also expected to appear in games next week.

Indians: OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) is taking on-field batting practice. … RHP Craig Stammen (right flexor tendon surgery last April) will throw his first batting practice this week.


Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta is scheduled to start against the Dodgers on the road on Monday.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner, is scheduled to pitch at home on Monday against the Rangers and RHP A.J. Griffen.

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