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Indians’ Opening Series in Texas


The Indians opened the 2009 season in Texas at rangers Park in Arlington. They lost Opening Day by a score of 9 to 1. Cliff Lee, 2008’s American League Cy Young Award winner, went five innings and gave up seven runs. He pitched a 1-2-3 first inning and got one out in the second before getting hit in the arm by Hank Blalock’s infield single. The game was paused for a short time to make sure Lee was fine. He said he was and continued to pitch. After giving up a double to Marlon Byrd to put Blalock on third and Byrd on second Lee struck out Chris Davis. Jarred Saltalamacchia hit a single to the right side past the diving Victor Martinez that scored both Blalock and Byrd. Elivis Andrus hit a double to left to score Saltalamacchia and Ian Kinsler hit a single past shortstop Jhonny Peralta to score Andrus. Lee finally got the third out and continued to pitch a scoreless third and fourth including three strikeouts in the fourth. In the fifth Lee gave up two broken-bat singles to Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz and then a three-run home run to Hank Blalock. The Rangers scored two more runs off of Jensen Lewis in the eighth. The Indians’ only run came in the seventh when Travis Hafner scored on a wild pitch by Kevin Millwood. Grady Sizemore had the Tribe’s first hit of the season in the fourth with a leadoff single. Victor Martinez followed two betters later with a single to left putting runners at the corners for the Indians. Travis Hafner then hit into a double play to end the inning.

Cleveland Indians hats & merchandiseBefore the game on Monday Jamey Carroll was put on the Disabled List due to a broken hand after being hit with a ball in the Indians’ exhibition game against the Houston Astros on Saturday. Tony Graffanino was called up from Triple-A Columbus to replace Carroll on the twenty-five man roster.

The Indians have an off day on Tuesday. On Wednesday Fausto Carmona will take the mound. Carmona had a 2.67 ERA and a 4-1 record this spring. The Indians are hoping he continues his strong spring and have an improved 2009 from his 8-7 record in 2008. The Rangers will be pitching Vincente Padilla who was 14-8 with a 4.74 ERA in 2008. This spring Padilla went 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA.

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On Thursday Carl Pavano will make his first regular season start for the Indians. He has only pitched 45 2/3 innings in the past three years but the Indians are hoping he will have a strong return to the Majors. The Rangers will be sending Brandon McCarthy who missed most of last season with an inflamed elbow and was 5-10 with a 4.57 ERA in twenty-two starts and one relief appearance last year for the Rangers.


By Melissa Horton
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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