Danny Salazar pitched four effective innings Saturday, and Jesus Aguilar and Michael Martinez each hit a two-run homer in the Cleveland Indians’ 10-5 victory over a Colorado Rockies split squad.

Salazar had only pitched in simulated games since his last start on March 11. He allowed a home run to Charlie Blackmon and three hits Saturday. Salazar walked two and struck out five.

“I saw more good than bad from Salazar,” manager Terry Francona said. “He is still leaving a few balls up but I see his intent. He’s working on driving the ball down in the (strike) zone.’

After two straight night games, Francona rested most of his starters. Ryan Rohlinger was 3 for 3 including a solo home run for Cleveland. Rohlinger and Aguilar drove in three runs each. Tyler Holt had two hits and made a running catch against the centerfield fence.

“It’s good to see Aguilar have success. He’s had better swings this spring,” Francona said. “Tyler Holt got a taste (of the big leagues) last year. He came into camp in good shape and plays all out.”

David Hale, who was acquired in a trade with Atlanta for two minor league players, gave up four runs – one earned – in 2 1-3 innings.

Bryan Shaw allowed two home runs, one to Jeremy Barfield, son of former major leaguer Jesse Barfield, and one to Will Swanner. Shaw is expected to anchor the Indians bullpen.

“Shaw is just a little up with his pitches,” Francona said. “As we get farther in the spring, he’ll get there.”

Shaw has allowed six earned runs in 4 2-3 innings.


Rockies: Jorge De La Rosa has recovered from a strained left groin. He pitched 2 1-3 innings on Friday and has been selected to pitch the Rockies home opener against the Cubs on April 10.

Indians: Nick Swisher is running the bases for the second time and participating in outfield drills to test his knees. He had surgery on both over the winter. He could play in games early next week. … Jason Kipnis is not expected to play Saturday or Sunday. He had back spasms when hitting in the batting cage. … Kyle Crockett was removed from the game Friday with a tight hamstring. “If it was the regular season, I wouldn’t have even gone out there,” Francona said. “In spring training it doesn’t make sense to leave him in.”


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