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Indians Prove They Still Have Some Fight



After dropping the first two games of their series with Kansas City the Indians finally managed to win their second game of the season Wednesday. On Monday the Indians managed to threaten several times throughout the game but were never able to get a significant rally going due to a lack of hitting with runners in scoring position. In the ninth the Indians managed to load the bases and get two RBI’s off of Kansas City’s closer Joakim Soria. However Soria retired the next three batters to stop the Indians threat. Tuesday’s game featured great pitching by both starters but a breakdown in the Indians bullpen that gave up five runs in the eighth to give the Royals the 9-3 win. However Wednesday saw the Indians finally able to put together offense and pitching. Aaron Laffey found himself in a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning with only one out. However he struck out one Kansas City batter and got the next to fly out to left. Throughout the rest of his 5 1/3 innings he was dominant striking out three and giving up only two runs. The Indians broke the 2-2 tie in the seventh on Mark DeRosa’s RBI single and they never relinquished the lead for the rest of the game. Kerry Wood earned his first save as an Indian.

Cleveland Indians hats & merchandiseThis weekend the Indians head to New York to open the New Yankee Stadium. On Thursday the last two Cy Young award winners square off. CC Sabathia will be on the mound for the Yankees and Cliff Lee will be pitching for the Indians. Sabathia is 1-1 on the year for the Yankees. He has an ERA of 4.50. Lee has yet to win a game for the Indians and is 0-2 with an ERA of 9.90. On Friday the Yankees will send Joba Chamberlain to face the Indians’ Anthony Reyes. Chamberlain is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA after five innings pitched so far this year. Reyes is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA. On Saturday the Yankees pitcher will be Chien-Ming Wang who has had a rough year so far with an 0-2 record and an ERA of 28.93. The Indians counter with Fausto Carmona who has had a bit of a rough start but showed signs of improvement in his last start. He is 0-2 on the year with a 9.00 ERA. The final game of the four-game series will come on Sunday. AJ Burnett will be pitching for the Yankees with a 2-0 record and a 2.70 ERA. Carl Pavano will make his first start in New York since going to the Indians during the offseason on Sunday. He is 0-2 on the year with an ERA of 16.71. The Indians are hoping that they can carry some momentum from their win in Kansas City into what is sure to be a very exciting series in New York.

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By Melissa Horton
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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