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Marson, LaPorta making best of time in Columbus

By sstorm Published: June 15, 2010

Monday, just three days after the Indians optioned catcher Lou Marson to Triple-A Columbus on Friday to make room on the roster for their top prospect -catcher Carlos Santana, C Lou Marson broke up a perfect game with a sixth-inning home run to help the Clippers to a 5-4 10-inning win over the Norfolk Tides.

"I'm actually fine," Marson told the Columbus Dispatch. "It's part of the
business, and I knew it was going to happen, no matter what. I
could have been hitting .280, and I think, eventually, the same
thing would have happened."

Marson struggled defensively and offensively in his first stint of making the club out of spring training, batted just .194 with one home run and 12 RBI in 45 games with the Indains.

In the meantime, not only was Santana tearing it up at the plate in Columbus, he was also making major strides defensively.

"It's just different down here, the ballparks and everything," Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh told the Dispatch. "It is a letdown for guys, but it's how they handle it. When you come down, you have things to work on. I think he and Matt (LaPorta) have really taken that
head-on."

Laporta, also began the season with the club out of spring camp. Early on it was assumed by many he'd play every day at first base.

But instead, the Indians surprised a lot of folks when they signed veteran free agent Russell Branyan and handed him the job LaPorta was supposed to have.

So after sitting the bench a majority of his time with Cleveland, LaPorta was sent down to Columbus June 8th to continue working on his game.

Meanwhile, LaPorta has swung the bat well since arriving in Columbus. He continued his torrid hitting with the Clippers by delivering a two-out single in the 10th to drive in OF Jose Constanza for the winning run on Monday.

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