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Deceptive outing for Carmona

By Sheldon Published: March 9, 2009

Fausto Carmona gave up three runs and five hits in three innings, but it was really better than that.

One problem: Ben Francisco stumbled chasing Chris Getz's drive to center and the ball rolled all the way to the wall for an inside-the-park home run that probably should have been a double.

"That's the only pitch I got up,'' Carmona said. ""The other hits were off balls down in the strikwe zone.''

The issue with Carmona isn't the quality of his stuff but his command of the strike zone. If he keeps his sinker down, not many hitters are likely to drive the ball.

"If I miss a couple of pitches, they are going to be hits,'' Carmona said.

Manager Eric Wedge liked what he saw from Carmona.

"Fausto was aggressive and down on the plate, and he made some adjustments,'' he said.""I was very pleased. He gave up a couple of ground balls (for hits) and just that one in the gap. As long as he keeps the ball on the ground, we'll be OK.''

Anthony Reyes delivered three hitless innings, walking one and striking out three. Reyes has yet to give up a run in five innings.  

Wedge said that the honeymoon for his pitchers is about to end.

"We're getting to that point,'' he said, when asked if it was time to make evaluations. ""We're four or five days away from that, so it's time for them to start turning their bodies on.'

RIPPING THE BALL -- The Tribe attack came alive for 14 hits in its 9-3 win over the White Sox.

Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez each had three singles, with Sizemore scoring twice and Martinez driving in two runs. After taking today off, Sizemore will play center field for the first time since suffering a strained groin two weeks ago.

Infielder Andy Cannizaro had a big day, with a homer, double, single and two RBI. Tony Graffanino and Michael Brantley each doubled and singled.

COMING HOME -- Shin-Soo Choo will arrive in Goodyear today and have his sore elbow examined by Tribe medical staffers.

As part of South Korea's World Baseball Classic roster, Choo and the team will play the second round of games in San Diego beginning Sunday. Until then, they will hold workouts in Arizona.

South Korea has agreed to hold Choo out of one game of every series.

TOO MANY PITCHERS? -- Several pitchers threw simulated games as a way to get their work in, because there are not enough innings in reguarly scheduled exhibition games. 

"The guys we are going to have to make decisions on we will try to use in "A' games,'' Wedge said. ""The pitchers who have made the team will work in minor-league games.''

But that did not include the pitchers who threw simulated games Monday: David Huff, Edward Mujica and Toma Ohka, who threw two innings each at the complex in Goodyear.

Mujica was expected to compete for the final bullpen spot, but he has struggled in each of his exhibition game outings.

 "Ed looked better today,'' Wedge said. ""He's been trying to do too much in games, so we pulled him back for a simulated game today. I think it was a positive step.''

MINOR LEAGUE INVASION -- Cleveland's minor leaguers will hold their first full squad workout today and begin playing exhibition games March 18.

MARCHING ONWARD -- The Indians play their third consecutive road game, traveling to Tempe to meet the Angels this afternoon. Carl Pavano will start against Shane Loux, with Kerry Wood, Scott Lewis, Jack Cassel, Tony Sipp, John Meloan and Ryan Edell to follow Pavano.

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