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Staying mentally strong

By Sheldon Published: May 9, 2009

   Cliff Lee has one more loss than he had in all of 2008, but that doesn't mean he's not doing his job. ¶
   After giving up seven runs in five innings to the Rangers in his first start of the season, Lee had a 12.60 earned-run average. That has fallen to 3.45, despite a 1-5 record, including his tough 1-0 defeat to the Tigers Friday night. ¶
   In his past four starts, Lee has allowed a total of six runs in 31 innings for a 1.74 ERA, but he is 0-3 with one no decision, because the Tribe has scored only two runs in those games. ¶
   Despite the lack of support, Lee has resisted blaming others for his poor record. ¶
   ""When you're a No. 1 starter, you go up against a lot of other No. 1 starters,'' manager Eric Wedge said Saturday. ""It happened with C.C. Sabathia, Jake Westbrook, Kevin Millwood. You have to deal with it. ¶
   ""The only thing Cliff should be thinking about is giving his team a chance to win a ballgame. That's the only part he can control. He can't let the other stuff get to him.'' ¶
   STILL SITTING -- Slumping Jhonny Peralta was kept out of the lineup for a second consecutive night. ¶
   ""I'm not sure whether Jhonny will be back in there tomorrow or not,'' Wedge said. ""I'll have to see tomorrow.'' ¶
   GRASPING AT STRAWS -- After watching veteran reliever Luis Vizcaino in a tryout, the Indians apparently have signed him to a minor league contract, though no announcement has been made. ¶
    ""We're giving him strong consideration,'' Wedge said. ""We'll look at him for a couple of days and make a decision.'' ¶
   Vizcaino, 34, hasn't pitched since April 21, two days before he was designated for assignment by the Cubs. In four appearances with Chicago, he pitched 32/3 scoreless innings. ¶
   Last year, Vizcaino missed two months because of a shoulder injury but still pitched in 43 games, compiling a 5.28 ERA for the Rockies. ¶
   LAPORTA IN HOF -- Matt LaPorta has been in the big leagues less than a month, and already he's in the Hall of Fame. ¶
   At least his batting gloves are. LaPorta donated the gloves for an exhibit entitled ""Olympic Baseball.'' LaPorta was a member of the U.S. team that played in the 2008 Olympic Games. ¶
   STAY TUNED -- Monday night's game against the White Sox will be aired on WMMS-FM (100.7) instead of flagship station WTAM-AM because of a conflict caused by the Cavaliers' playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks. ¶
   FARM FACTS -- Lonnie Chisenhall doubled, singled and drove in two runs, as Kinston defeated Myrtle Beach 9-3. Matt McBride also had to hits and one RBI, but his average fell to .420. Paolo Espino gave up two unearned runs and three hits in five innings. ¶


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