GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez feels like he did in the spring of 2010 when he won 19 games and pitched a no-hitter in spite of a subpar first outing.
Jimenez allowed five runs, only one earned, in one inning in his spring debut on Sunday and the Cincinnati Reds earned an 8-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians obtained Jimenez at the trade deadline last season after a 6-9 start at Colorado. He was 4-4 in 11 starts with Cleveland after the deal.
``It doesn't look good in the papers but I threw the ball good,' Jimenez said. ``They kept hitting bloopers. Only one guy hit the ball hard. People that know baseball know that things like this happen.'
Jimenez put on 8 pounds of muscle on his lower body over the winter. Now at 218 pounds, he is working on getting his stride down to have a better season than last year's injury-filled one.
``The hitters will tell you he has good stuff,' Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. ``They were choppers and bloopers because a lot of guys were getting jammed.'
Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman, competing for the fifth spot in the Reds' rotation, each pitched two innings.
Chapman is being converted to a starting pitcher after working out of the bullpen the past two seasons.
Chapman allowed one run in two innings. He gave up two hits and a walk and struck out three.
Shelley Duncan hit a three-run home run off Bailey. Duncan is trying to earn the starting left field job for Cleveland.
Bailey was also working on his pitches. He walked Russ Canzler on a 3-2 curve ball to set up Duncan's shot to left field.
``I thought it was a good high fastball but Shelley got on top of it somehow,' Bailey said. ``The walk hurt more. The 2-2 pitch was close and I would have never thrown a 3-2 curve ball with a five-run lead in the regular season.'
Chapman was also working on pitches besides his 100 mph-plus fastball.
``I used all my pitches but I didn't use the fastball as much as I wanted,' Chapman said.
Dioner Navarro homered for Cincinnati. Navarro is trying to get back the form that made him an All-Star catcher for Tampa Bay in 2008.
``You know it's in there,' Dusty Baker said. ``We just need to find a way to get it out of him again.'
Notes: Russ Canzler had two hits for Cleveland. ... Ryan Madson signed with the Reds to be the closer, but he hasn't pitched yet. ``He has some soreness in his elbow,' Reds manager Dusty Baker said. ``He was checked out by doctors today. He should be ready in three or four days.'
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