SURPRISE, Ariz.: Today’s exhibition game between the Indians and Royals was canceled in the third inning because of rain but not before Drew Stubbs hit a towering home run and a double.
“”That (home run) ball really jumped off his bat,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”If anything was worth coming over here for, it was those two swings.’’
Francona noted a little lethargy and a penchant for making mistakes in his team’s play.
“”We showed up looking like we weren’t really ready to play,’’ Francona said. “”It was kind of a teaching day.’’
By that, the manager meant that there were things the club needed to review in light of the way they handled certain situations, botching a relay on a Kansas City sacrifice fly and allowing three steals in two innings.
In talking about starter Corey Kluber, Francona said, “”He was a little deliberate today, and guys ran on him.’’
Kluber was scheduled to throw four innings. He pitched two, and he kept throwing underneath the grandstand until he got to 65 pitches. Kluber gave up one earned run (three total) on three hits.
The game was halted with one out and one run home in the top of the third. Royals officials waited more than an hour before canceling the contest with the Tribe trailing 3-2.