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The old switcheroo: Huff stays, Gomez goes

By Sheldon Published: July 18, 2011

   MINNEAPOLIS: David Huff's seven scoreless innings against the Twins today forced manager Manny Acta and General Manager Chris Antonetti to change their minds about which starter to keep while Mitch Talbot is on the disabled list.

 The plan was to keep Jeanmar Gomez as Talbot's replacement and option Huff back to Columbus after making his spot start this afternoon. But Huff pitched so well and Gomez perfomed so poorly -- giving up five runs (three homers) in 5 1/3 innings against the Orioles Sunday -- that Gomez was sent back to Columbus.

Fortunately for the Tribe, it will be easy to fit Huff into the rotation because of off days Thursday. There are several directions Acta and pitching coach Tim Belcher can go, but the simplest might be to start Huff Sunday against the White Sox or Monday against the Angels.

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