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Arizona's McCarthy fans 4 in 2 innings in 1st game since horrific head injury

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    Cincinnati Reds' Donald Lutz drives in two runs with a bases-loaded double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto drives in a run with a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks' Martin Prado (14) drives in a run with a single against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy throws to the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

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    Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy throws to the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (The Associated Press)

Arizona's Brandon McCarthy methodically struck out four in two innings in his first game since a horrific head injury, an impressive return that overshadowed all else in the Diamondbacks' 14-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

McCarthy, signed by the Diamondbacks as a free agent, gave up one run on three hits. He had not taken the mound in a game since Sept. 5 when he was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Angels' Erick Aybar while pitching for Oakland. McCarthy sustained an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture.

Reds ace Johnny Cueto, in his first start since he was injured early in last year's playoffs, went two innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits with a strikeout and a walk.