SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Cleveland ace Corey Kluber tuned up for the regular season, striking out nine over six effective innings Friday in the Indians' 3-2 loss to Josh Collmenter and the split-squad Arizona Diamondbacks.
In a matchup between pitchers set to start on opening day, Kluber gave up one run and six hits. The AL Cy Young Award winner walked two.
"I feel like I'm getting stronger each time out, and I was able to get the pitch count up to where I wanted it today," Kluber said after throwing 107 pitches. "I'm getting sharper and as long as that continues, we're in a good place."