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Jimenez goes five in Tribe win; Phelps to increase versatility

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 13, 2013

   GLENDALE, Ariz.:Ubaldo Jimenez pitched five relatively strong innings, as the Indians defeated the White Sox 5-2 at Camelback Ranch.

   ""Ubaldo was pretty good,'' manager Terry Francona said. ""He really didn't throw his off speed pitches for strikes, but he only gave up two runs. I really hope that proves to him he can live pretty much with that fastball.''

   Jimenez allowed seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three. He was so efficient with his pithes that he had to throw 14 more in the bullpen after he was through to make it to his quota.

   ""That's a good thing,'' Francona said. 

   For the spring, Jimenez has thrown 13 innings in four outings, compiling a 5.54 ERA and giving up 19 hits but only three walks, while striking out nine. 

   Matt Albers, Bryan Shaw, Nick Hagadone and Jerry Gil each pitched one scoreless inning. Hagadone has yet to allow a run on five innings.

   Cord Phelps homered with a man on base, and Francona said that the second baseman will be asked to learn a new position.

   ""We talked to him this morning about moving around the infield to help him make the team and for his future,'' the manager said. ""So he's going to take ground balls at first.''


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