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Cleveland Indians

Defense collapses as Tribe loses two

By Sheldon Published: March 11, 2012

SURPRISE, Ariz.: When the toll was finally counted up, Indians defenders committed seven errors and let in eight unearned runs this afternoon,  as the Tribe dropped a 17-2 decision to the Angels in Tempe and a 6-1 decision to the Rangers here.

Shortstop Cristian Guzman botched a ground ball in the first inning against the Rangers; Tony Sipp made two throwing errrors in the fourth inning, and another reliever, Corey Kluber, made an error in the fifth. But the four errors led to only two unearned runs.

Against the Angels, third baseman Jack Hannahan, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielder Ryan Spilborghs committed fielding gaffes that contributed six unearned runs to the Los Angeles cause.

Kevin Slowey started against the Rangers and gave up  two runs and five hits in three innings.

""Overall, on a day like this (against a team that can hit), he threw the ball OK,'' manager Manny Acta said.

Shin-Soo Choo led the offense with a double and single and raised his average to .357.

David Huff started against the Angels andd allowed fivbe runs (four earned), seven hits and a walk in three innings.

Travis Hafner hit his first home run of the spring and singled.

Felix Pie ran into the center field wall chasing a drive in the eighth inning against Texas and had to leave the game.

""He was just a little dizzy, and the trainers decided to take him out of the game,'' Acta said. ""They gave him some tests, and he was OK.''

 

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