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Cleveland Indians Team Report - April 17th
From The Sports Network
(Sports Network) - Barely two weeks into the 2003 campaign and already the
Cleveland Indians find themselves six and a half games out of first place in
the American League Central following their 4-3 defeat at home against
Baltimore on Wednesday.
Omar Vizquel homered in the contest for the Indians, who have dropped eight of
their last 11 games overall.
Danys Baez took the loss as he blew his first save in four chances this
season. He gave up one run on a hit and a walk over 1 2/3 innings.
Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook allowed one unearned run on two hits while
striking out two and walking three in 5 2/3 innings as Baltimore won for only
the third time in 18 tries at Jacobs Field.
For the rubber game of this three-game set, the Indians will send a winless
C.C. Sabathia to the hill this evening. Sabathia, who did not receive a
decision against the Orioles on Opening Day, has allowed three runs or fewer
in each of his first three starts, but hasn't received much support from the
Indians' offense. Cleveland is averaging 2.7 runs in his starts.
In his last outing on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, the 22-year-old
righthander yielded three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, but suffered
his second straight loss. Sabathia has a career mark of 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA
all-time versus the Orioles.
Outfielder Shane Spencer was 1-for-4 on Wednesday with a double and is 5-
for-10 with three runs against Baltimore this season.
Cleveland is currently tied for 12th in the AL with just nine home runs and is
second to last in the league with a batting average of .241.
Ellis Burks, a veteran of 17 major league seasons, is tied for the team lead
in RBI with eight and is batting .306 for the club.
Following Thursday's contest the Indians will be off on a 10-game road trip
that has them visiting the Chicago White Sox, Seattle and Oakland before
returning home at the end of April.
04/17 12:55:43 ET
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