WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Aubrey and Ernie Young drove
in two runs apiece in the eighth inning to help the Cleveland
Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 10-8 Saturday.
Aubrey, a first-round pick in 2003, hit a two-run double to tie
the score. Young, a 34-year-old who has played just 11 games in the
majors the past five years, followed with a two-run single.
Indians starter C.C. Sabathia allowed two runs and three hits in
two innings, but said he was pleased with the outing.
"I felt better than I expected, very comfortable, and my
fastball was coming out of my hand good," said the left-hander who
is scheduled to start Cleveland's season opener. "Next time out,
I'll go for three innings and try to keep building up arm strength.
"We have a good bullpen, but that doesn't mean I can't try to
go seven, eight or nine innings. I hate to get the hook."
Sabathia left with a 4-2 lead.
Pena put the Tigers ahead with a two-run homer in the second. It
was his third homer in four days, including one in a Wednesday
tuneup against Florida Southern.
"It feels good, but I don't put too much into it," said Pena,
who hit seven of his 18 homers last season against Cleveland.
The Indians went ahead 4-2 in the second against Mike Maroth.
"I tried to turn it up a little too much," said the
right-hander, who is seeking to rebound from a 9-21 season. "The
ball was up and that's why the result was the way it was."
Tigers manager Alan Trammell said CF Alex Sanchez, hit by a
pitch above his right elbow Friday, is scheduled to play Sunday.
"He's sore, of course, but it's just a bruise," Trammell said.
... The Indians signed INF John McDonald and RHP Jack Cressend to
one-year contracts. ... RHP Roy Smith, who pitched in 13 games for
Cleveland in 2001-02, signed a minor league contract. ... Retired
Indians C Eddie Taubensee attended the game with his family. Son
Justin wore a Taubensee replica Indians jersey, while sons Benjamin
and Matthew wore Maroth jerseys. "We go to the same church as
Mike, so we came here to see him and the Indians, too," said
Taubensee, who lives near Tampa and spends much of his time
speaking to Christian youth groups.
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