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