Aaron Harang had a rocky reunion with the Cincinnati Reds in the desert.
Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer and Chris Heisey had a two-run shot off Harang in the Reds' 15-5 victory against a San Diego Padres split squad in Peoria, Ariz., on Wednesday.
Admitting to "a little bit of nervous adrenaline," Harang left too many fastballs up in the strike zone and allowed seven hits and seven runs in three innings to a Reds lineup minus many projected starters.
"You kind of want to go out there and do well against your old team," said Harang, the Reds' opening-day starter the last five seasons who signed with his hometown Padres in December. "I guess I look at it that it's better to get it out of the way down here than having it happen the first time throwing against them during the season."
The 6-foot-7 Harang spent the last 7½ seasons with the Reds, winning 16 games in 2006 and 2007. But he struggled the last three years, going 6-7 with a 5.32 ERA in 2010, when he was bothered by back spasms.
After retiring the first three batters, Harang allowed five straight hits to open the second inning, including Hanigan's homer.
Chad Reineke (2-0), who was with the Padres briefly in 2008, allowed just a walk in two innings.
Reds' Opening Day tickets sale
The Reds announced that 1,500 tickets for Opening Day will go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Fans can start lining up at noon Thursday for tickets to the March 31 game against the Brewers. Last season's tickets sold out in less than an hour.
Braves coach hit by liner
Braves minor-league manager Luis Salazar was awake and able to respond to doctors Wednesday after being hit in the face by Brian McCann's foul liner while standing in the dugout during an exhibition game in Kissimmee, Fla. Salazar may have sustained a concussion and might have a facial fracture and damage around his left eye, Braves General Manager Frank Wren said.
"We are just blessed that Luis is alive," Wren said after St. Louis beat Atlanta 6-1. "The scans so far have been positive ... There is an eye surgeon looking at it now. It was a freak accident."
Wren said the 54-year-old former big-leaguer was hit around the nose, toward his left eye.
"That was the worst thing I have ever seen on the field," Braves star Chipper Jones said. "I thought his life might be in danger."
Webb pitches batting practice
Brandon Webb threw to hitters for the first time this spring training, throwing 62 pitches during batting practice for the Rangers. After his 14-minute session Wednesday, the former Kentucky standout said he felt good.
Webb hasn't pitched in a major-league game since the 2009 opener for Arizona because of shoulder surgery. He signed this off-season with the AL champions, who hope he will be part of their starting rotation. The Rangers haven't said when he will pitch in a game.
Around the majors
Phillies: Former UK pitcher Joe Blanton gave up two runs in four innings in a 5-3 win over the Tigers.
Indians: A public memorial will be held for late Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller on March 31, one day before Cleveland opens its first season in 75 years without the right-hander part of their family. Feller died on Dec. 15 at the age of 92. The Indians have several tributes planned for Feller on opening day at Progressive Field when they face the White Sox.
Phillies: With five-time All-Star Chase Utley unable to play in any spring training game because of a right knee injury, the team is exploring non-surgical options. The Phillies said an MRI revealed tendinitis, bone inflammation and chondromalacia, which is pain due to irritation under the kneecap. Utley wants to avoid surgery. "I think that's the last resort at this point," he said. "We're going to try to exhaust every avenue prior to that."
Rangers: AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz struck out four in three scoreless innings in a 9-2 win over the Athletics. Feliz posted 40 saves last year, then came to camp trying to win a spot in the Texas rotation. Earlier this week, he said he'd prefer to stay in his closer role.
Twins: Last season's AL comeback player of the year had a rough start to spring training in 2011. Slowed by tendinitis, Francisco Liriano was hit hard during his first start in a regular exhibition game, an 11-2 loss to the Orioles. Liriano allowed six runs — five earned — and five hits in 12⁄3 innings. "Nothing was working. My ball wasn't moving," Liriano said. "I was rushing. I was trying to do too much."
Mets: Oliver Perez is headed to the bullpen, likely his last chance to make the team. The left-hander allowed his first four batters to reach base Tuesday against the Astros in his final opportunity to prove he could be a starter. "The place where he would probably help us the most is being a situational lefty," Manager Terry Collins said.
Dodgers: Starter Jon Garland took himself out of a 9-4 loss to the Mariners early with pain in his left side. Garland, projected as the team's fifth starter, may have injured his oblique, Manager Don Mattingly said.
Giants: Barry Zito allowed just two base runners with a hit and a walk over five shutout innings, and San Francisco defeated the White Sox 4-2. "Fastball, change-up for the most part," Zito said. "I felt significantly better than I've felt on the mound during spring training."