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4-9-09 Morning Roundup

By jcfortun Published: April 9, 2009

New pitcher. Same results.

Fausto Carmona allowed six runs on six hits in five innings as the Indians stumbled to a 8-5 loss Wednesday at the hands of the Rangers.

Sheldon Ocker found the performance similar to Lee's monday clunker. Both pitchers pitched five innings. Both pitchers allowed four runs in the second inning and both pitchers gave up runs in the fifth inning.

Lee gave up a three run home run to Hank Blalock in the fifth Monday.

Carmona allowed two runs in the inning on a double by Michael Young, a triple by Josh Hamilton and misplayed bouncer up the middle by Nelson Cruz.

Down in Texas, the wins are all about the red hats. The Rangers have not donned the red caps since 2000, the last time they won the first two games of the season, MLB.com's TR Sullivan writes.

Other game stories:
Paul Hoynes -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
Anthony Castrovince -- MLB.com
Jeff Wilson -- Texas Star Telegram

That's not what I said!

Cliff Lee found himself in a bit of controversy after one of his comments was miscontrued by the panel on Baseball Tonight.

"If Victor Martinez lays out and is able to catch that ball, those runs don't score," Lee said following Monday's loss according to Paul Hoynes

Lee sought out Martinez to make sure he knew what he really meant.

"I was saying two feet is the difference in those runs right there," he said Wednesday. "It's not, 'He should have made that play.' I was saying, 'If they hit it two feet to the right, he makes that play.' It was taken out of context, because I had just gotten through saying I take responsibility and expect more out of myself." Lee said according to Anthony Castrovince.

While on the topic of Lee, He is currently on schedule to pitch against CC Sabathia April 16th in the New Yankee Stadium opener.

Whats happenin' in Akron?

The Cleveland Indian's top organizational prospect, Carlos Santana, wasted little time showing Akron fans how could he can be when he sent the second pitch he saw over the fence for a three run home run.

Staff ace, Hector Rondon took care of the rest as he struck out six and allowed one earned run in 5 2/3 innings as the Aeros beat the Bowie Baysox 9-5 Wednesday night.

Aeros beat writer Stephanie Storm says that Rondon could find himself in Cleveland sooner rather than later.

The home run was extra special for Santana, who finished the game 2-4 with four RBI and a run scored. It was his 23rd birthday as well.

The Rest...

Jamey Carroll will not need surgery to repair his broken left hand. He will still miss four to six weeks though.

Wes Ferrell and Sandy Alomar Jr. headline this year's class of Indian's hall of famers.

Anthony Castrovince already has a profile for Carl Pavano's start tonight up.

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