T.J. House has impressive outing, leads Indians over Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) – Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada left his start with left groin tightness after getting just two outs, and the Cleveland Indians’ T.J. House allowed two hits over 4 2-3 innings for a split squad in a 7-4 victory over Chicago Friday.

Wada had given up a homer to Yan Gomes and reached a 3-1 count on Jesus Aguilar before the trainers came out to the mound. Wada was taken for an MRI during the game for precautionary reasons. He will be evaluated over the next couple of days, the Cubs announced.

Wada was making his first appearance after feeling some discomfort in his left thigh/groin area after completing one inning on Sunday against Texas.

House (1-0) allowed a first inning home run to Matt Szczur with one out before facing the minimum over the next 3 2-3 innings. He struck out the side in the third inning to finish with six strikeouts in the longest outing of the spring for the Indians.

“He was so efficient he went out for the fifth and still had some pitches to go,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He did good. He is pitching like he’s trying to earn a spot on the ballclub.”

House appears to be in line for a rotation spot after Gavin Floyd’s injury opened up two rotation spots.

“It goes back to Tito and what he wants to do and who he believes should be there,” House said. “I have to continue to go out pitch and pitch effectively. That’s what I am trying to do, putting it all out on the table and when they pick those five guys I hope to be one of them.”

Clint Frazier hit a three-run homer in a four-run third inning in front of a crowd of 15,150.

Indians: House gave up the solo shot against to Szczur, but was never in trouble the rest of the way.

“I treat it (home run) like a walk,” he said. “You can’t take it back. You just have to go after the next guy.”

Cubs: It is the third time Wada has dealt with a leg injury as he was slowed early in camp because of a tight hamstring.

Indians: Utilityman Zach Walter, who left Thursday’s game in the fifth inning after taking a swing, was diagnosed with a right oblique issue. He’s expected to get some follow-up tests. Ryan Raburn’s surgically repaired left knee (September) was drained and had a lubricant injection.

Cubs: Right-hander Jacob Turner was shut down for at least one month after a second opinion showed a bone bruise and flexor strain in his elbow. He doesn’t have any ligament damage, but he is expected to start the season on the disabled list.

The Cubs are expected to have a lineup of sluggers, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon feels he will find the right player in certain game situations.

“When it comes down to manufacturing runs, the biggest thing for me is the guys who need to be able to handle the bat needs to be able to do that,” he said. “Beyond that stuff, man, we are probably going to be more of a power kind of a team. We are probably going to be a strikeout kind of a team. There are some guys who are going to move the ball more often and we have to get them in there.”

Szczur has been one of the Cubs’ top hitters early and that continued Friday with his first-inning home run off House. He’s hitting .333 in 18 at-bats with four-extra base hits including two HRs and three RBIs.

Maddon’s fifth grandchild, Carson Rose, who is 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 1/2 inches, was born Friday morning. Maddon had Will Ferrell sign a hat and two balls for Carson the day before when the actor-comedian made his rounds around the Cactus League.

Frazier, the Indians’ first-round pick in 2013 – No. 5 overall – homered in the second at-bat of his first Cactus League game of his career.

“I got the nerves away with the strikeout,” he said of his first at-bat. “I felt more settled in on the second at-bat. It’s a good experience to be out here with Tito and a bunch of big league guys. Seeing this atmosphere is something I can’t put into words right now.”

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