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Masterson throws four no-hit innings, Tribe wins again

Masterson throws four no-hit innings, Tribe wins again

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Cleveland's Justin Masterson threw four no-hit innings and Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first home run of spring training in the Indians' 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left the game after jamming his right knee covering first base on a groundout with two outs in the fifth inning. Cahill is scheduled to start the second of the Diamondbacks' two-game season-opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia on March 23.

After the game, to no one's surprise, manager Terry Francona said Masterson would be the Indians' opening-day starter. " I think it's a big honor for him," Francona said.

"I think it's an honor for us to tell him, and I think he's very deserving."

Masterson faced the minimum 12 batters, thanks to three Cleveland double plays, two on throws from right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

"There were a lot of close pitches that I was happy with," he said. "I was around the zone. I got behind in the count once in a while but I had some great plays behind me."

Cahill had a shaky outing, allowing five runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, including Chisenhall's two-run homer in the fourth.

He was hurt as he landed on the bag covering first, falling to the ground while trainers attended to him

"I didn't hear a pop so I knew it probably wasn't too bad," Cahill said. "It felt like a really bad cramp. I was just kind of scared at first. And it settled down and started releasing. I felt like, OK, it shouldn't be anything serious. It just went away pretty quick, so I was fortunate."

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