Cleveland 7, Detroit 4

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- C.C. Sabathia was much better in his

second spring training start.

Cleveland's ace allowed one earned run in three innings Tuesday

as the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4.

Sabathia struck out four, walked one and gave up two runs

overall. On Friday, he allowed seven runs in 1 2-3 innings against


"He was better today than in his first outing, and he'll

continue to get better," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "He's

still working to command his fastball and get a feel for his

secondary stuff."

Travis Hafner and Ryan Mulhern hit two-out, two-run homers for

the Indians.

Tigers right-hander Matt Mantei left the game with one out and

the bases loaded in the ninth because of a suffered a strained left

oblique muscle.

"It's not good," Mantei said. "I can barely breathe."

Brent Clevlen hit an RBI double in the second, then homered to

tie it 4-all in the sixth. The 22-year-old outfielder is batting

6-for-10 with six runs, two doubles, two homers and three RBI in

five games.

"He's the real deal, there's no question about that," Tigers

manager Jim Leyland said. "It's spring training, so you've got to

be careful. I'm not making my judgments on a home run or two that

he hit. But let's face it, over the years every now and then -- but

not very often -- you see a player in his uniform and you know that

guy's a big league player. It doesn't happen very often, but he

certainly looks the part to me."

Detroit right-hander Kevin Hodge struck out two after giving up

a leadoff double to Hafner in the seventh. Mulhern followed with

his homer.

Hafner's first homer of spring training hit the roof of the

indoor batting cages beyond the right-field fence.

Detroit starter Ramon Colon gave up two runs and five hits in

three innings. Tigers left-hander Mike Maroth, who was scratched

from Tuesday's game, is expected to start Sunday. Maroth, who has

pitched at least 200 innings the last two seasons, took a few days

to rest some inflammation in his elbow.Game notes
Cleveland RHP Guillermo Mota is expected to throw one

inning or 25 pitches on Wednesday for his first spring training

appearance. The Indians have been conservative with the 32-year-old

because of elbow and shoulder problems last season.