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Gomez, Huff ineffective

By Sheldon Published: March 18, 2011

GOODYEAR, ARIZ.: If they were still in the competition to become the Tribe's No. 5 starter (they probably were not), Jeanmar Gomez and David Huff did nothing to help themselves this afternoon in a split-squad game won by the Royals 6-5.

Gomez started and gave up three runs, four hits and two walks in four innings, raising his spring ERA to 6.43. Huff followedand allowed three runs ande six hits in 2 1/3 innings, lifting his ERA to 8.25. Neither pitcher has been able to keep pace with Josh Tomlin, the likely winner in the battle to round out the rotation.

Vinnie Pestano delivered another scoreless inning of relief and has yielded just one run in six appearances (5 2/3 IP). He might still have a chance to earn a job in the bullpen.

Lonnie Chisenhall was brought back from the minor-league camp to play against Kansas City and responded with two singles in three at-bats, raising his average to .500. This in no way changes his status: He will start the season in Columbus.


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