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Huff gets the call

By Sheldon Published: May 16, 2009

   ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: -- David Huff will make his major-league debut this afternoon, starting for the Indians against the Rays. ¶
   ""He has good stuff and throws it where he wants to,'' manager Eric Wedge said Saturday. ""He's also got a pretty good heartbeat.'' ¶
   Huff is one of the Tribe's more prized prospects, a left-hander who throws harder than fellow lefties Aaron Laffey, Scott Lewis and Jeremy Sowers and who might have a higher ceiling. ¶
   In seven starts at Columbus, Huff posted a 5-1 record and 4.35 earned-run average. He gave up 35 hits,16 walks and struck out 32 in 391/3 innings. ¶
   Huff got off to a late start in spring training because of a strained left biceps and never was able to find himself. ¶
   ""I don't think he ever got untracked this spring,'' Wedge said. ""He needed to catch up after spring training and get into a routine.'' ¶
   Huff is guaranteed only one start, but he might stay in the rotation for the next 10 years. ¶
   ""Everything is open ended right now,'' Wedge said. ¶
  SIFTING THROUGH THE ASHES -- In the wake of another horrid performance by the bullpen, which culminated in Tampa Bay's 8-7 win Friday night -- the Rays trailed 7-0 -- Wedge admitted that he is running out of ways to express himself to the culprits. ¶
   ""There are only so many ways to describe the same thing,'' the manager said. ""Most important, these guys have to keep getting up off the mat. That's what I focused on last night. ¶
   ""I talked to a couple of them after the game. Today you have to turn the page. It's not easy, but it goes with the territory.'' ¶
   TROUBLING TENDENCY -- When Luis Vizcaino gave up a walk-off homer to B.J. Upton to end Friday night's game, it obviously wasn't the first time the veteran right-hander had given up the longball. ¶
   Last year with Colorado, Vizcaino permitted home runs at the rate of one every 4.6 innings. And don't blame it on the altitude of Coors Field. Vizcaino allowed one homer each 5.6 innings at home and one every four innings on the road. ¶
   ""He has to do a better job of keeping the ball in the park,'' Wedge said. ""But it was only his first outing.'' ¶
   BLAZING HOT -- Victor Martinez, who started the day leading the league in hitting with a .400 average, shows no signs of slowing down. ¶
   ""Victor is on a mission,'' Wedge said. ""Wins and losses are very personal to him. Not being able to be a part of it last year really killed him. He really appreciates the game. Every game is a pitched battle for him. He's all in.'' ¶
   Martinez missed more than half of last season with elbow and hamstring injuries. ¶
   FARM FACTS -- Travis Hafner went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game, as Columbus defeated Lehigh Valley 8-5. Chris Gimenez, Andy Marte and Jordan Brown homered, and Trevor Crowe had three hits and three RBI. Zach Jackson (2-2, 4.15 ERA) threw five scoreless innings, giving up two hits. *elip Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits and one RBI, and John Drennen had two hits and two RBI, but Kinston lost 6-4 to Frederick. *elip Delvi Cid had four hits, including a home run and a double, in Lake County's 8-7 win over Hickory. Mark Thompson had two hits and three RBI, and Abner Abreu doubled and singled.¶

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