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Indians beat Braves -- then lose in 10th



Published: Sat, April 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Pirates beat the Twins in a regular season tuneup.

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ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson says he's ready for the regular season "despite how that looked today."

Hudson gave up eight hits and seven runs in four innings Saturday during his Turner Field debut for the Atlanta Braves.

In an odd final exhibition game finale, the Braves used a six-run 10th inning to rally for an 11-9 win over the Cleveland Indians, a game that teams agreed would go 11 innings because of Friday's rainout.

Still, only the first nine innings counted in the spring training statistics, which showed Cleveland winning 9-5. That means Adam LaRoche didn't get credit for his three-run homer off David Riske, not that it will be of any significance once the season starts next week.

Hudson ended the spring with consecutive poor outings. After allowing only two runs in his first three games, Hudson gave up 14 runs -- 11 earned -- in his last two starts as his spring training ERA climbed to 6.63.

"I feel good; I feel ready to go," Hudson said, adding "I was just missing with some pitches."

Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in three runs and Aaron Boone hit a two-run homer for the Indians. Wilson Betemit hit his fourth homer of the spring for Atlanta.

Cliff Lee gave up five runs, four earned, in five-plus innings for Cleveland.

The Indians set their 25-man roster with the expected demotion of infielder Brandon Phillips, who lost the spring training competition for starting shortstop to Jhonny Peralta.

Phillips hit only .125 (5-for-40) this spring. He hit .303 in 135 games for Buffalo last season and .182 in six games with Cleveland.

Pirates 4, Twins 0

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Ready to start the season, Pittsburgh and Minnesota rested most of their regular starters.

Antonio Sucre hit a two-run single off Kyle Lohse in the second inning and Craig Wilson hit a solo homer in the third.

Josh Fogg allowed three hits in five scoreless innings, while Lohse gave up four runs and five hits in five innings.

"In all honesty the game was not real good as far as hitting goes," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They scored a few runs off Lohse. He got his work in, got his pitches in and as the game went along he got better and better."

Joe Mauer went 1-for-2 in his last start of the spring at catcher and his left knee seemed to hold up fine. Former Twins outfielder Matt Lawton went 0-for-2 at the plate as the designated hitter for the Pirates.

In addition to Mauer, the only other projected starters for the Twins were rookie shortstop Jason Bartlett, who went 0-for-2, first baseman Justin Morneau (0-for-3) and second baseman Luis Rivas (0-for-2). Bartlett didn't find out he indeed was the starter until Thursday night at a team dinner.

"Coming into camp, I figured I was either one or two for the shortstop job," Bartlett said of the four-way battle to replace Cristian Guzman, who signed with the Washington Nationals. "As I started playing good, I started getting more confident and toward the end of camp, suddenly I was realizing I had a pretty good job of taking this job over, and I did."




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