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With Milwaukee as temporary home, Indians edge Angels

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Even if Milwaukee gets blanketed with the predicted 10 inches of snow overnight, Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge will wake up knowing that his team still can play baseball on Wednesday.

And given the events of the past week, he's pretty sure of one thing.

"We brought it with us," Wedge said.

After sitting through a weekend's worth of snow in Cleveland without playing a game that counted, the Indians finally got to play a home opener of sorts, beating the Los Angeles Angels 7-6 Tuesday night under the retractable roof at Milwaukee's Miller Park -- some 450 miles away from Jacobs Field.

Talk about a getaway day.

Cleveland's three-game series against the Angels was moved to Milwaukee after a spring snowstorm wiped out four scheduled games against the Seattle Mariners.

Indians players were concerned about being rusty after the layoff, but Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia was anything but. Despite not having pitched since opening day, Sabathia (2-0) gave up three runs -- one earned -- and struck out seven in seven innings.

"It wasn't that weird," Sabathia said. "We were playing a home game somewhere else."

The Cleveland bullpen did look a little rusty. Reliever Roberto Hernandez loaded the bases in the eighth, and Aaron Fultz gave up a two-run single to Maicer Izturis that cut the Indians' lead to 7-5.

Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his second save, but not before allowing an RBI single by Casey Kotchman.

The game ended when pinch-runner Erick Aybar was thrown out by catcher Kelly Shoppach -- the second time in five games that Aybar, representing the tying run, was thrown out for the last out of the game trying to steal second. Aybar also was erased against Oakland on Thursday.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he left the decision to steal up to Aybar on both plays.

"But I wouldn't have given him the option if we didn't have a good chance to be successful," Scioscia said.

Angels starter Ervin Santana (1-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings for the loss.

"Next outing's going to be better," Santana said. "The ball goes out of here pretty fast."

The game was a victory for the Brewers, who priced seats for all three games at $10 each and were pleasantly surprised at the response -- an announced crowd of 19,031 who showed up to politely root, root, root for their adopted home team.

The Indians brought their mascot, Slider, and paid for superfan John Adams to bring his big drum -- a fixture at Indians home games -- to Milwaukee.

"I think it's great," Adams said. "They started a little too early. I know a lot of people from Cleveland (who) live in Chicago came racing up after work."

But Tuesday's game had a touch of Milwaukee, as the chorizo won the sausage mascot race that was held after the sixth inning, just like during Brewers games.

And fans seemed too busy doing the wave in the seventh inning to notice that Sabathia had struck out Garret Anderson to pitch out of a jam. Even Wedge admitted he was temporarily mesmerized by what amounted to a changeup wave by the fans, done at half its normal speed.

"I've never seen a slow wave before," Wedge said. "That locked me up a little bit."

Had the Indians actually played at home on Tuesday, they planned to give away replicas of the thick black eyeglasses worn by Charlie Sheen's character in the 1989 baseball comedy Major League to promote the release of a special edition DVD.

In some respects, Tuesday became a live-action version of the movie, in which the Brewers' old Milwaukee County Stadium stood in as the stunt double for Cleveland's former ballpark, Municipal Stadium.

"We were talking this morning about the irony of being in Milwaukee," Adams said. "It's incredible. I was in County Stadium, it looked very similar to old Cleveland Municipal."

But it wasn't quite the same without Bob Uecker, who was in Florida for his real-life job as the Brewers' radio announcer and unable to reprise his role as Harry Doyle, the Indians' fictional television announcer in the movie.

And to co-opt a Doyle catch phrase, Tuesday's game was just a bit inside -- and as far as the players were concerned, playing indoors was just fine.

"I'd rather be here than out in the snow," Kendrick said.

Notes

  • Indians LHP Cliff Lee, who has a strained abdominal muscle, gave up one hit in two innings in a rehab outing for Class A Kinston.
  • C Victor Martinez, who has a strained left quadriceps, might return this weekend. Martinez did not travel with the team after his wife gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday morning.
  • Angels RHP Bartolo Colon, who is recovering from a torn right rotator cuff, was scheduled to make a rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday night.
 
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C.C. Sabathia makes himself feel at home with a strong seven-inning performance against the Angels.  (AP)
C.C. Sabathia makes himself feel at home with a strong seven-inning performance against the Angels. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Sabathia
IP 7.0
H 10
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
Anaheim

H. Kendrick
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Los Angeles Angels
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4010123 .296
Orlando Cabrera, SS5012025 .194
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5000013 .367
Garret Anderson, LF5130022 .324
Shea Hillenbrand, DH5010013 .231
Robb Quinlan, 1B3000003 .000
   a- Casey Kotchman, PH-1B1111100 .400
    Erick Aybar, PR0000000 .333
Howie Kendrick, 2B4340001 .333
Mike Napoli, C3110102 .188
Maicer Izturis, 3B3023112 .400
Totals38614649  
a-walked for Quinlan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (3, Sabathia), Howie Kendrick (1, Hernandez)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (2), Casey Kotchman (4), Maicer Izturis 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (2), Casey Kotchman (2)
CS - Erick Aybar (2, 2nd base by Borowski/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gary Matthews Jr. 1
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (L,1-1) 4.1766422 6.35
Hector Carrasco 1.2311110 1.80
Chris Bootcheck 1.2000110 0.00
Darren Oliver 0.1000010 0.00
IBB - Hafner by Ervin Santana
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 93-50, Hector Carrasco 40-24, Chris Bootcheck 30-16, Darren Oliver 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 4-6, Hector Carrasco 1-3, Chris Bootcheck 4-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 23, Hector Carrasco 9, Chris Bootcheck 6, Darren Oliver 1
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF2000301 .375
Trot Nixon, RF5000004 .357
Travis Hafner, DH4020121 .333
Casey Blake, 1B4221013 .313
David Dellucci, LF4120004 .250
Jhonny Peralta, SS2101100 .308
Josh Barfield, 2B3210101 .176
Andy Marte, 3B4023011 .176
Kelly Shoppach, C4112012 .250
Totals32710765  
Batting
2B - Andy Marte 2 (2, Santana, Carrasco)
HR - Casey Blake (1, Santana), Kelly Shoppach (1, Santana)
SF - Jhonny Peralta (1)
RBI - Casey Blake (2), Jhonny Peralta (5), Andy Marte 3 (5), Kelly Shoppach 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Andy Marte 2 (2), Kelly Shoppach 2 (2)
SB - Grady Sizemore 3 (3, 2nd base off Santana/Napoli, 2nd base off Santana/Napoli, 2nd base off Bootcheck/Napoli)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Barfield-Blake, Barfield-Peralta-Blake
E - Jhonny Peralta (1, Missed catch of throw)
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia (W,2-0) 71031270 2.77
Roberto Hernandez 0.1122200 11.57
Aaron Fultz (H,1) 0.1100010 0.00
Rafael Betancourt (H,2) 0.1000010 3.00
Joe Borowski (S,2) 1211000 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 108-75, Roberto Hernandez 15-4, Aaron Fultz 8-5, Rafael Betancourt 3-3, Joe Borowski 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 7-5
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 31, Roberto Hernandez 4, Aaron Fultz 2, Rafael Betancourt 1, Joe Borowski 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19031
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Field Culbreth