GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With a strong wind blowing out to left field, the White Sox and Indians turned the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch into a bandbox on Monday afternoon. Both teams combined for 32 runs, 39 hits and six errors in a 16-16 slugfest.
Chicago's Stefan Gartrell, who homered earlier in the contest, hit an RBI single in the eighth to snap a 14-14 tie, before Jared Mitchell followed with his own RBI single to give the home team a two-run advantage.The Indians came right back in the ninth, scoring on Cord Phelps' RBI single and Juan Apodaca's RBI double to earn a 16-16 tie. Alex Rios led the early charge for the White Sox, launching a pair of two-run home runs off Indians right-hander Mitch Talbot. The center fielder's first blast provided all of the offense in the first inning and his next shot, which bounced off a rock wall beyond left field, highlighted a seven-run outburst in the second.
Cleveland also took advantage of the elements, breaking through for eight runs through the first three innings. Left fielder Nick Weglarz belted a two-run blast off Chicago's Lucas Harrell in the first inning and infielder Luis Valbuena followed suit with a two-run homer of his own in the second. Valbuena added a three-run homer in the eighth.
Talbot exited the contest after surrendering nine runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings for Cleveland. The right-hander finished with two walks and one wild pitch, facing 14 hitters along the way. As things currently stand, Talbot has a spot reserved for him in the Tribe's rotation.
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Harrell, who is vying for a spot on Chicago's pitching staff, was charged with six runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. The righty ended with one walk and one strikeout, allowing two homers in the brief outing. Jeff Marquez and Kyle Cofield allowed two runs apiece for the White Sox.
Up next for the Indians: Opening Day starter Fausto Carmona will take mound on Tuesday, when the Indians host the D-backs at 3:05 p.m. ET at Goodyear Ballpark, available on MLB.TV and an mlb.com audio webcast. Cleveland pitching prospect Alex White is among those also scheduled to make an appearance. Earlier in the day, the Tribe will take on the Reds in a 11:30 a.m. ET "B" game at the Indians player development complex. In that exhibition, recently-signed reliever Chad Durbin will make his spring game debut.
Up next for the White Sox: The story in White Sox camp on Tuesday will be a visit from Muhammad Ali, The Greatest of All Time, with a focus on his Athletes For Hope Foundation. But there will be baseball as well, with the White Sox playing host to Colorado. John Danks gets his second start of spring, and with a few roster cuts expected in the morning, manager Ozzie Guillen has pointed to Tuesday as the time for his team pick it up a bit after a rough Cactus League start. The 2:05 p.m. CT first pitch can be seen on a free MLB.com video webcast.