The "D-Train" barely stayed on the rails in his spring debut with Cincinnati.
Dontrelle Willis, trying to resurrect his once-promising career, threw 35 pitches in a one-inning relief debut as the Reds were roughed up 12-0 in their home exhibition opener by the Cleveland Indians on Monday in Goodyear, Ariz.
Willis allowed two hits and two unearned runs, walked one, had an errant pickoff throw — one of Cincinnati's five errors — and struck out two. The left-hander was all over the place, not unlike his personal excursion around the majors the past few seasons.
Despite his struggles, Willis remains forever upbeat. He knows at some point he's going to have to say goodbye to baseball. And, if that's soon, he's prepared.
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"If I can't do it anymore, then I go home and do something else," Willis said. "It's not the end of the world. It's just the end of your career. ... Everybody hopes to play as long as Tom Glavine did, but the reality is sometimes you can't do it."
■ Before the game, the Reds honored former Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, who died in November. Anderson guided Cincinnati's vaunted "Big Red Machine" to consecutive World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.
The Reds are wearing "Sparky" patches on the right sleeve of their jerseys. Anderson's No. 10 has been spray-painted on the grass along the third-base line of Goodyear Ballpark.
Around the majors
Brewers: All-Star right fielder Corey Hart, a Bowling Green native, is expected to be sidelined for two weeks with a strained lower abdominal muscle on his left side. Hart got hurt during throwing drills on Saturday.
Nationals: Bryce Harper made his much-anticipated spring training debut on Monday, striking out twice in a game against the Mets. The 18-year-old phenom said he might have been too excited. "I feel way too quick. I feel like I can turn over a 150 mph fastball," he said.
Red Sox: Right-hander Josh Beckett has mild concussion symptoms, according to the team, after he was hit in the back of the head by a ball during batting practice.
Tigers: Miguel Cabrera played his first game following his arrest, going 0-for-2 with a walk as Detroit's designated hitter Monday in a 6-2 win over the Yankees. Cabrera was arrested Feb. 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence. He is to be arraigned on March 16.
Marlins: Outfielder Mike Stanton strained his right quadriceps in the exhibition opener and said he expects to miss about two weeks. Stanton hit a two-run homer Sunday in his first appearance of spring training, then strained the muscle in his second at-bat.
Mets: Carlos Beltran is moving to right field, with Angel Pagan taking over in center. Beltran told Pagan and new manager Terry Collins on Monday that he wanted to make the switch because of his knees.
Indians: Manager Manny Acta chose Fausto Carmona as his starter for the season opener against the White Sox on April 1.
Cardinals: Adam Wainwright had Tommy John surgery on his right arm Monday and the team said he would be out 12-15 months.